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  • Listen More, Say Less – July 3, 2015

    Listen More, Say Less – July 3, 2015

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    Listen More, Say Less

    My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, James 1:19

    Talking instead of listening—will get you into trouble. Two geese were preparing to fly south when a frog asked if he could go along. They questioned how he could do it. ‘Easy,’ he said. ‘You guys hold a stick between your beaks and I’ll hang on with my mouth.’ Off they went as people looked up, admiring their teamwork. The trio was making great progress until somebody below shouted, ‘Great idea! Whose was it?’ That’s when the frog opened his mouth and yelled, ‘Miiiiiiiine!’ Every time you open your mouth there are consequences! So learn to listen. Plutarch said, ‘The talkative listen to no one, for they are ever speaking. And the first evil that attends those who know not how to be silent is that they hear nothing.’ Listening without having to air your knowledge or interject your opinion is a quality of character that proves you’re mature. Larry King once said, ‘I remind myself every morning: nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.’ Jesus was a great listener, and as a result He attracted people like a magnet. Doubtless there were times He was tired and didn’t feel like it—but He listened anyway. When the disciples fussed among themselves, and the Pharisees grumbled and caused trouble, Jesus focused on the important things. He listened, He spoke, and people followed. Listening is often more effective than talking. In fact, there’s a point in every conversation where you need to say less and listen more. In those moments you not only hear what others are saying, but what God is saying to you!

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me to learn from others, help me to listen to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Hard Work – July 2, 2015

    Hard Work – July 2, 2015

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    Hard Work

    Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, Ephesians 6:7

    The story is told of a jockey who won more races than anybody else. When asked how he did it, he said before every race he went into the stables and read this poem to his horse: ‘Roses are red, violets are blue; horses that lose are made into glue!’ Fortunately, God doesn’t take that approach with us! But since He was the first employer in the universe, His Word has a lot to say about the responsibilities and rewards of hard work. ‘Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God… Masters, it’s the same with you. No abuse, please, and no threats. You and your servants are both under the same Master in heaven. He makes no distinction between you and them’ (vv. 5-9). If you’re the boss, Andrew Carnegie offers the following insights: 1) Organize. Always make sure you have the right person in the right slot. 2) Deputize. Don’t micro-manage. Give a man or woman full authority to do the job you hired them to do, then give them the freedom to do it. 3) Supervise. You don’t get what you expect; you get what you inspect. 4) Recognize. Good workers are hard to find. If you want to keep the ones you’ve got, recognize and reward their efforts.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me at all times to remember ultimately I answer to You and that You require of me to love and respect those You have placed over me and those I am to manage as Your people. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • It’s Time To Take Action – Part 3 – July 1, 2015

    It’s Time To Take Action – Part 3 – July 1, 2015

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    It’s Time To Take Action
    – Part 3

    They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Psalms 84:7

    The three essential steps to success are: 1) Do something; 2) Do something today; 3) Do something every day. One personal growth expert says, ‘We read about people who sail around the world in a thirty-foot sailboat or overcome handicaps to win a gold medal at the Olympics, and we later find their stories are all about persistence.’ If you want to know your future, look at your daily routine. You don’t determine your future, you determine your habits and your habits determine your future. The secret to success lies in doing the right things day after day. If you do that, you will eventually succeed. But a word of caution: important priorities have a way of slipping out of place while you’re focused on less important things. Some sacrifices are simply not worth it: 1) In your attempt to build a reputation, don’t lose your character. Reputation is what people think you are; character is what God and those closest to you know you are. 2) Don’t sacrifice your family for your career. If you do you’ll end up winning the admiration of those who don’t matter, while losing the love of those who do. 3) Don’t sacrifice your relationship with God for material things. God told His people, ‘You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…If you ever forget the Lord…you will surely be destroyed’ (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me to heed the warnings above so that I keep the most important things the most important things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • It’s Time To Take Action – Part 2 – June 30, 2015

    It’s Time To Take Action – Part 2 – June 30, 2015

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    It’s Time To Take Action
    – Part 2

    His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Psalms 112:8

    Cartoonist Jonny Hawkins drew a sketch of five board members sitting around a table at the annual church business meeting. One says, ‘I see our church’s biggest problems as communication and procrastination.’ To which a fellow board member replies, ‘I vote that we postpone this discussion till next year.’ We smile, but you know it’s the truth, don’t you? In yesterday’s daily devotion we discovered that the first step to success is: Do something! Now let’s discuss the second step: 2) Do something today. Runner, author and cardiologist George Sheehan puts it this way: ‘There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down—until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.’ If you want to achieve your God-given dream, you can’t allow yourself to be one of those people! ‘How can I avoid it?’ you ask. By doing something that will move you forward today! You can’t fulfil your dream all at once. You have to get there in steps, and the only time you can actually take a step is—today. German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘Each indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting over lost days… What you can do, or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has power and genius in it.’ So before the sun sets today, do something that will move you further toward your dream.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me do something today that furthers what You have planned for me and stop waiting for You to reveal everything before I act. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • It’s Time To Take Action – Part 1 – June 29, 2015

    It’s Time To Take Action – Part 1 – June 29, 2015

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    It’s Time To Take Action
    – Part 1

    The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1

    John Ruskin said, ‘What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.’ If you’re serious about succeeding at what you believe God called you to do, you must take three steps: 1) Do something! Sir Edmund Burke said, ‘Nobody made a greater mistake, than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.’ Praying, planning and deliberating are all good, but there comes a point when you have to step out in faith and act. And if you’re naturally sedentary or easily discouraged, you’ll have to confront your fear and reluctance and take that first step. Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock said, ‘All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas and good intentions, but precious few of them ever translate those into action.’ God promised to part the waters of the Jordan River so that His people could go through and enter the Promised Land. But the waters parted only after they stepped in (Joshua 3:11-17). The same principle applies to you. In the beginning you just need to get moving. Try different things. It’s easier to start doing something right if you’ve already started doing something. It’s easy to steer a car when it’s moving forward, but almost impossible when it’s standing still. Dennis Bakke, co-founder and former CEO of global energy supplier AES Corporation, said, ‘We try a bunch of stuff… see what works…and call that our strategy.’ In other words, if you don’t know exactly what to do, don’t let it keep you from doing something.

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, give me strength to continue to be a moving object that You can work with, steer and guide. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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