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Ideas Are Powerful!

I love ideas and being a creative, my mind and life is filled with them. My biggest problem is grabbing hold of them and finding the time to follow through with thinking, planning and implementation. I try to keep a note book, but most of the time I am too scattered to discipline myself to take the time to write, print, post, draw and record, which I know is a down right shame and I have got to do better.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” -Colossians 3:23

The real power of an idea comes when we capture it, nurture it, bring it to life and share it’s benefits and blessings with others. The problem with ideas is that they are quickly forgotten. So we need to develop a system that allows us to keep them from fluttering away just as quickly as they came into our thoughts.

The First Step To Getting The Most Out Of Our Ideas Is To Capture It! This is best done by finding a way to record the idea and our thoughts about it. We can do this by writing it down, recording via video or audio our idea and thought or even sharing it with someone else, who is better at remembering and holding onto things. The important thing is to develop a capturing system and then practice disciplining yourself to use it regularly. Another great benefit of a journal/notebook to record your ideas in, is that once you write it down, your mind is free to release is and open space for even more creative ideas…

The Second Step To Getting The Most Out Of Our Ideas Is To Nurture It! This means we need to take care of it, feed it, water it and give it whatever it needs to grow and develop. This way the idea can actually grow into something that makes a difference. We need to schedule time to think about our ideas, work on our ideas and grow our ideas. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail and many great ideas get lost, because while someone had the idea, no one was willing to do anything with it…

The Third Step To Getting The Most Out Of Our Ideas Is To Bring It To Life. This means we not only make a plan, but we actually begin executing the steps to help make the plan a reality. The light bulb was an idea, but someone had to fail many times, before it became a reality, but once it became a reality, it changed everyone’s lives and still does to this very day…

The Fourth Step To Getting The Most Out Of Our Ideas Is To Share The Benefits And Blessings With Others. Most of the ideas we have are going to make life or some task in life easier for us and if it does it for us, then it more than likely will do that for others. The real blessing of having an idea is not having it. The real blessing of an idea is not even helping the idea to become a reality. The real blessing of an idea is using it to make life better for others.

Ideas are powerful and God gives us many everyday. Take some time to grab on and help some of them become reality, you will be glad you did…

The Ministry Of Presence!

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” -Galatians 5:13

Some times the greatest gift that we have to give to someone else is simply the gift our our presence with nothing added and nothing taken away. I’m not sure if you are like me or not, but I am one of those people that often thinks “I’ve got to fix it!”, but the Spirit is teaching me that I don’t have to fix it and there are going to be times that I can’t fix it, but I can almost always be present and my presence is more than enough.

My wife used to come home from school and she would start telling me about her day and the challenges that she faced and I would immediately start telling her what she should and should not have done. One day while we were having this very traditional back and forth, she just put her hand up and said: “I don’t need you to be my preacher, pastor or friend, I just need you to listen and let me get it out.” And from that day on, I learned the value of a sore tongue, because I have almost bitten a hole in my tongue while biting it to try and keep my mouth shut.

One of my teachers in middle school used to say: “God gave you two ears and one mouth, so you should do twice as much listening as you do talking.” There are times when we worry ourselves ragged trying to figure out what to say or what to do to help someone else, when honestly all they need is our presence. Just to know that someone cares is often more than enough to get a person through what they are doing their best to get through.

I ran into the above little poem about ministry and it reminded me that each and every one of us have the opportunity to minister to others.

We can minister to others by taking the time to listen. We can minister to others by looking for and accentuating the joy. We can minister to others by helping someone else, even when we feel like we are the ones that needs the help. We can minister to others by asking God to use us to share His love and blessing with others. We can minister to others by putting our arm around someone’s shoulders, giving them a hug around the neck or maybe a pat on the back. We can minister to others by encouraging them by finding the positive that has to be in there somewhere. We can minister to others by praying for them and with them. We can minister to others by serving them and meeting whatever need we can. We can minister others by comforting them with our words and actions.

Ministry at it’s best is about our presence. Some time, most of the time, just being there is more than enough…

Putting Your Plan Together!

This week we’ve been talking about seeing and experiencing your perfect day and I thought it would be a good idea to give you a step by step break down on exactly how to do that in a more detailed way than what I have already covered.

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace…” -Luke 14:28-33

First – Get A Picture In Your Head! What does your perfect day look like? What are you doing? Who are you talking to? Where are you headed? When do you plan to do what? Where is your motivation coming from? Once you get this picture in your head, the move to the next step.

Second – Break It Down! Let’s say you want to work on yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Let’s take the physical – what does it mean you want to work on the physical? Let’s say you want to lose weight, ok, what will that take? Eating right and exercise! Now break that down by listing the steps you will need to take to make that happen for you. Do the same thing for the mental and spiritual area of your life or any other areas that you feel will help you experience the perfect day.

Third – Limit Yourself! You can’t do it all, so at most focus on what I like to call “Your Big Three”. Three things that if you don’t accomplish anything else, you must do these. Sticking to specific goals and focusing your effort in that direction will help you to find success and victory quicker.

Fourth – Reward Yourself! When you get this right, then make sure to reward yourself, because you are making progress and progress is what life is all about. Rewards encourage, motivate and challenge you to keep on keeping on.

Fifth – Expect Challenges And Setbacks! It is not always going to work the way you plan, because some days you are just not feeling it. The important thing is not to beat up on yourself, but to get back up on the horse and go for it the next day.

Sixth – Make Your List And Check It All Through Out The Day! This is a continual source of motivation that will help you to stay focused on the main thing, because distraction is a very real enemy.

Seventh – Enjoy Your Day! The whole point in planning your day is so you can enjoy it, so make sure that you make and take the time to do just that…