Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Post: “Learn to be Successful through Difficult Change”

If you have been reading anything I write for very long,
then you already know how strongly I believe
in personally connecting with other people.

The two things I believe God has made us for:
1) Connecting with God - through worship, prayer, and obedience;
2) Connecting with Other people through ministry.

Each of us has suffered through something difficult.
and it seems like life is only getting tougher in our culture.
Divorce, addictions, anger, pride, materialism, sexuality, money,
the list goes on and on.
So what are we to do to overcome these manifold obstacles??
-Connect with one another.
In church communities we have support groups.
Each is designed as a safe place to share and grow together.
-Study and learn what other people have done to overcome.
You can continue on your own without outside help,
but why should you repeat the same mistakes
when you can learn through reading, seminars, etc.?
-Hire a counselor or personal Coach.
Again, some of us can learn through self-study,
and some can take classes to learn in a group,
but some of us need one-on-one instruction and guidance.

Think of a Coach as a personal trainer, like at the gym.
This person is paid to help you overcome by focusing on your particular issues.
They focus on you alone, and the results are often accelerated.

Change is difficult,
but those who cannot handle the change will often die first.

I once heard a Marine Drill Instructor say loudly,
“Adapt Or Die. There is No Other Way.”

And Charles Darwin said it in a similar way,
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent...

It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

The point I am trying to make here is this...
it will be difficult to make a lasting change successful
when we attempt it on our own, with no outside help.

Lastly, Believe.
Learn to believe that God wants what is best for you.
He knows we lack faith and may only take one small step.
God will provide more!
He will show you where you need to “step” next,
but He often waits for us to move first, in faith.

The Israelites had to step into the water before it receded.
Did you know this?
it wasnt during their exodus from egypt,
but was the next time God split the waters.
(see Joshua Joshua 3:14-17)

What can you do to make your next change successful?

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