March 20, 2014
The way to tell how mature you are is by the way you treat people who can’t do anything for you.
We can all be kind to the boss. He may give us a promotion. We can all be friendly to the popular person at school. If they like us, everybody will be our friend. That’s easy. But if we’re going to live the life of a champion, we’ve got to learn to be good to everyone. Instead of rushing by the parking lot attendant you see at work each day, why don’t you take time to see how they’re doing? That person at the office that others ignore, why don’t you reach out to them and be a friend?. Show love, show goodness. As you reach out and help others, just like a boomerang, that help will come right back to you, and you’ll move forward into the blessing and destiny that has been prepared for you. How do you treat others?
November 25, 2013
Relationships are so important in the eyes of God.
He desires that we live in unity and stay connected with one another. When we are transparent and pray for each other, something supernatural takes place. We open the door for God to heal our lives. When we walk in love and unity, our prayers become more effective, and His power is released through us. Living in peace and unity doesn’t mean you have to agree with everyone around you all the time. It means you look for common ground. It means you reach out to others; you pray for them and help meet their needs. When we put the needs of others first, God will make sure our own needs are met. When we live with a servant’s heart toward others, it opens the door for God’s complete healing — physically, spiritually and emotionally. Are your relationships good in the eyes of God?
October 4, 2013
You can’t be successful in the long run without investing in relationships.
One of the keys to success is to have successful relationships. We are not islands and we don’t get to the top by ourselves. And one of the key ways to grow successful in our relationships is to be “life-giving” people to others. Every person we meet, we either give life to or take life from. You know what I mean. There are people who encourage you and when you are done being with them you feel built up. Then there are others who you feel torn down by. Successful people are people who have mastered the art of building others up. One of the ways we build people up is to praise them. There is power in praising people! Something begins to happen in them, in you, and in your relationship when you praise someone. Remember a time when someone told you something about yourself in a praising manner? It was great, wasn’t it? You probably liked that person more after they praised you, didn’t you? Now I am not talking about praising people for the sake of praising people. I am talking about honestly looking for and praising positive character traits and action of others around you. Don’t lie to people. If they have done something wrong, correct it, but when they do something right, Praise it! Are you praising others today?
April 3, 2013
Sometimes, in order to embrace the destiny God has in store, you have to be willing to make some changes in your life.
You have to be willing to examine where you are and what you need to move forward. This may mean that you need to change some friends that you’re spending time with. Maybe they were fine for a season in your life, but now you’ve outgrown them. This is a new season, and in order for you to rise higher, you have to break away from relationships that are limiting you. You have to develop some new relationships with people who are going to pull you up and inspire you to rise higher. And this doesn’t just mean separating yourself from people who are holding you back spiritually. I’ve found that if you’re the smartest one in your group, your group is too small. Find people who are smarter than you are, people who will challenge you to stretch to the next level and become everything God’s created you to be. Remember, he who walks with the wise becomes wise. Choose your friends wisely and don’t be deceived. Choose your friends wisely so you can walk and live in the destiny God has in store for you. Are your friends the friends God has chosen for you?
February 3, 2013
Character, integrity,relationships and responsibility are the pillars that allow your gift to shine. Without these your gift is not going to be lasting.
There is a familiar quote; ‘don’t let your gift take you where your character can’t keep you.’ I have been in this position before and it’s not a good place to be. You all have an awesome gift, but without character, integrity, relationships and being responsible, you are in danger of not being able to use your gift. It would be a shame for the rest of us not to be able to see you in your gifting because of character flaws. It happens all the time, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. Take the time to do a good check of your life. Be sure you are living with integrity. Look at your relationships. Are you spending time with people that are a positive influence? What are those closest to you pouring into your life? Also, are you taking the responsibility for your growth? Are you using your gift responsibly? All these will add up to either take you higher or pull you to the bottom. Do your life inventory today and be sure all is in line. Take your gift to the highest level. Live your destiny to the fullest! Is your character in check today?
January 12, 2013
Do all you can to maintain loving, peaceful, and healthy relationships. We cannot be right with God and wrong with man.
Too often, people fall into the trap of strife. Someone says something that rubs you the wrong way, and before you know it, there is tension, arguing and division. The Bible tells us that strife opens the door to “every evil work.” It’s the enemy’s greatest trap to keep people from living out their destiny. But you don’t have to fall into the trap of strife, you can rise above it. You can simply drop the matter before it turns into something bigger than it needs to be. You don’t have to sink down to somebody’s level and argue with them and try to prove that you’re right. You weren’t put on this earth to correct everybody around you. If you are going to be all that God’s called you to be, you have to learn to stay above strife. Instead of letting disagreements pull your relationships apart, look for common ground to draw you closer to the people in your life. Look for peace. Look for ways to be a blessing. Stay above strife so you can enjoy your relationships and experience the blessing He has for you. Is strife hurting a relationship you are in today?
October 26, 2012
Who really knows you? Who gets you? What risks will you take and secrets do you need to share to improve the quality of your relationships?
Do you know how important it is to be connected to the right people? Your destiny is too big to accomplish on your own. But God has already arranged for certain people to speak faith into you. He has already placed in your path people who will inspire you, challenge you and help you accomplish your dreams. But the reason some people never reach their highest potential is because they never get away from the wrong people. Recognize today that not everyone can go where God is taking you. You’ve got to connect with people who understand your destiny and can call forth your seeds of greatness. You don’t have time to spend on people who are always pushing you down, telling you what you can’t do, or never giving you their approval no matter how hard you try. Friend, life is too short to drag people along. If you will get the wrong people out of your life, then God will bring in the right people so you can fulfill the destiny He has in store for you. Do you need to improve your relationships today?
September 30, 2012
Reconcile doesn’t mean you condone or agree with; it means in spite of. Reconcile broken relationships right now.
There are people in your life that you need to reconcile your relationship with today. When you reconcile that doesn’t mean that you have like or even agree with what they have done or are doing. What it does mean is that you love them, accept them, and welcome them despite what has happened. God is calling us today to be people of reconciliation. He is asking us to restore the broken relationships in our lives. I know you have been hurt by someone that are thinking about right now. You don’t have to agree with their life or their lifestyle. God is calling you to love them and appreciate them anyways. He isn’t asking you to accept their addiction or habits but to accept them for who they are not what they do. Take time today and make the effort to reconcile broken relationships. Is there someone who you need to reconcile with right now?
September 24, 2012
It’s not about the trophies, rings or banners. It’s about the relationships formed.
Many people think that all there is in life is being recognized and what you can get from it. The most important thing in life is not all the glitz and glamour. The bottom line, most important thing is life is the relationships you develop. You can win all the games, get all the prizes and all the headlines you want. However, if you don’t form good lasting relationships, all that other will be for nothing. You can get so caught up in achieving and winning that you forget to make friends. There is no win that is greater than having close relationships. I am guilty of putting too much emphasis on getting more and winning it all, instead of taking time to love those in my life. There is a balance, but I have learned to put more of my time into my relationships. Winning with friends is lots better than winning without friends. When you win without friends, you really haven’t won. Take time today to make lasting relationships, nothing else is more important. Do you need to put more time in relationships today?
September 22, 2012
Relationships will determine where you go in life and who you become.
You are where you are right now. No matter what you did ten years ago or yesterday; here you are. The reason you are where you are is because of the relationships you formed. Some have had a more direct effect than others, but nevertheless, relationships determine where you go in life and who you become. This is to say, be careful who you allow into your inter circle. You may have many acquaintances but very few close relationships. I am of the sort that I have few acquaintances and ever fewer relationships. If that is you too, you have to be extremely careful who you allow in close. I am very thankful and humbled that I have an awesome wife that is my closest and best friend. Without her I would not have accomplished what I have. God, without a doubt, placed her in my life. Take a good close look at the people you have in your inner circle. You are where you are because of their influence in your life. Where are your relationships taking you today?