"For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it will not delay." Habakkuk 2:3
I'm sure you've probably heard the phrase "fake it 'til you make it
." Most people take this statement to say that you have to pretend to be successful before you actually become successful. Unfortunately, many people use this as an excuse to make poor financial decisions to look the part of a lifestyle they have not yet achieved, which actually creates more challenges for them to get to where they want to be. While I believe the scripture that tells us, "speak those things that are not as though they were
," God doesn't want you to fake success to impress people that don't really care about you anyway.
Your faith is the key to your ultimate success - not pretending to have progressed further than you really have. Even if it's baby steps, you must trust that every move made in faith will bring beneficial results. Although it may seem like your efforts may initially seem menial, they are building a powerful momentum. Related: Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life!
The beautiful thing about faith is that as you move forward in what God called you to do, He equips and empowers you to accomplish more. Greater dimensions of grace are released to you when you take great steps of faith. His grace supplies you with the power to overcome every obstacle that is placed in front of you. His grace also sustains you with the endurance to persevere successfully.
Your faith is one of the most valuable possessions that you have. It's what will build a bridge from dream to reality, from concept to completion. So if you're in danger of losing your confidence remember these powerful words from Hebrews 10:35-39...
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”And,
“But my righteousg one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”
So keep moving forward and faith it until you make it!
What are your thoughts? Leave your comments below...
"All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." Proverbs 14:23
I hear many people talk about being in the "grind" of life or they are "grinding" doing the work of building their business or career. Unfortunately most people talk more than they actually work, because you shouldn't be "grinding" year after year with minimal results to show for it. The truth is if you're grinding but not growing
then you're just wasting your time.
Profitable grinding should result in character development not just the investment of time, sweat, and tears. Grinding should be making you stronger. You should be learning from your mistakes, not continually repeating past failures. Your knowledge and expertise should be expanding. Your wisdom should be increasing. Your efforts should become more efficient over time. Your plans should be more sound. You should be getting more disciplined. Grinding should be enhancing your value. Related: Passion @ Work
Don't use "grinding" as an excuse for complacency. Make sure you're getting better at what you do versus simply becoming an expert in unchanged mediocrity.
Your talent is a gift from God that you must exercise to benefit the most from it. God also gifted you His grace to empower you to sharpen your talents. The more you work your talents the more they will work for you.
I am a huge proponent of utilizing entrepreneurship and other economic development platforms to empower people to become their own agents of sustained economic renewal. It's imperative that we help those in poverty rediscover their dignity by teaching them to uncover their God-given gifts and talents and transform them into sustainable income.
American Enterprise Institute just released a new project, Economic Growth: Unleashing the Potential of Human Flourishing
, in which three professors provide a compelling moral and economic case for growth. They believe like myself...
"If we truly care about helping the poor, we should prioritize economic growth, which is the key to lifting whole societies from poverty to prosperity."
This week on Passion In Action TV we will interview Pastor J. Calvin Tibbs, author of the newly released "Massa's Back But Now He's Black?"
In this thought-provoking book the author makes a call to the people of the United States to see the present climate of political dissatisfaction and racial antagonism as a modern expression of the master/slave mentality of America's past.
The author sees government-sponsored assistance programs as disguised vehicles by which the assisted trade their liberties for aid and laments the partisanship of both the political Right and Left as having superseded religion and common sense which, the author feels, has substituted popularity for substance and caused a sharp decline in morality and the economy.
Pastor Tibbs, a native of Hampton, VA, is currently pastor of Kingdom Dominion Church
in Villa Rica, GA.
| |Watch the live stream to learn more about this controversial book online this Thursday, April 18th at 7pm ET only on www.passioninaction.tv
You can also watch our previous shows on demand. See you Thursday!
Many Christians struggle with their perception of money, which is one reason why they struggle with their acquisition of money. You could be struggling financially if you grew believing statements similar to:
- "Money is evil"
- "Rich people are evil"
- "Capitalism is bad"
- "Capitalism only benefits rich people"
- "Business is only for greedy people"
- "Being poor brings you closer to God"
With an improper understanding of money and the marketplace, Christians can mistakenly characterize the financial markets as something sinister instead of being a gateway through which God can bring financial blessings. Unfortunately few Christians see a healthy alignment between their faith and the financial markets. In an article by Hugh Whelchel, Markets and Morality from a Biblical Perspective
, he mentions a report by The Public Religion Research Institute which stated that a recent survey found that many American Christians believe that the free market system is inconsistent with Christian values. Consider the following from their report:
Overall more Americans believe that Christian values are at odds with capitalism and the free market than believe they are compatible. This pattern also holds among Christians. Among Christians in the U.S., only 38% believe that capitalism and free market are consistent with Christian values while 46% believe the two are at odds.
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I believe the markets are not inherently evil. However, when immoral people absent submission to and direction from God get involved with anything including the financial markets, misuse and abuse are bound to happen.
Read the entire article Markets and Morality from a Biblical Perspective
at http://blog.tifwe.org/markets-morality-from-a-biblical-perspective-part-two/How do you perceive the free market economic system in relation to your faith? Leave your comments below...
This week on Passion in Action TV I will interview Dr. Celeste Owens. She is a much sought after public speaker and facilitator whose personal mission is to motivate and inspire every person to succeed by fulfilling God's bigger dream for his/her life. Her speaking career began in 2004 as a faculty member with the University of Maryland at Baltimore. An expert on personal growth and trauma, she is dedicated to enriching the lives of others. Because she believes our Heavenly Father has created every person for a divine purpose and each of us has the potential to succeed beyond measure, she gives tirelessly of her gifts and talents.
As a result of her dedicated service to others, she has gained national recognition, respect and attention for her thought-provoking and inspiring presentations. She has appeared on cable television, and has been featured in local and national media outlets. She is an avid writer whose columns appear in various online magazines. Her first book, The 40-Day Surrender Fast
published in 2011, is the guide for releasing your plan, renewing your mind, and restoring your life. Watch the live stream online this Thursday, April 11th at 7pm ET only on www.passioninaction.tv
You can also watch our previous shows on demand. See you Thursday!
It seems like lately I have been increasingly running across articles on the Internet where people are encouraging company employees to quit their jobs
. This is intriguing to me considering the U.S. is still in the middle of a "soft" economic recovery with jobs still being very difficult to come by for so many Americans. Is this a bunch of hubris or is there something to what all these people are saying?
The latest article I read, entitled Why You Should Quit Your Job Now
, advocates that employees rethink their employment perspective by rejecting the notion that your current job is going to last a long time, while at the same time pursuing alternative streams of income. The author calls people who operate like this "entre-employees."
People who are in denial about the real
state of the modern workforce have an unhealthy W-2 dependency, i.e. they can't see themselves as anything other than an employee who gets a "guaranteed" check every 2 weeks. In essence they have "W-2 Dependency." Unfortunately for them, the typical 9 to 5 has been going the way of the dinosaurs for a long time, and I believe the pace is accelerating.
Did you know that temporary employees make up 20% - 30% of the current workforce? And some experts believe that number could increase to as high as 60% within the next 10 years. Corporations are driven to maximize profits by increasing income and decreasing expenses. Guess what the biggest expense is for most corporations? People. So guess where they are constantly looking to reduce their obligations? Temporary employees are much less expensive than full-time employees (mainly because they don't have to pay for their benefits) and much easier to transition in and out of the company based on project-type work.(RELATED: RePurpose My Career: Success Skills for the Entrepreneurial Economy)Position for Your Transition
It's not practical or wise for most people to just walk away from their jobs tomorrow. Instead, I encourage you to proactively prepare for your next career opportunity instead of hoping you won't be a corporate casualty. Here are three key aspects of creating an entrance plan into your next career venture:
- Identify Your Passion. What are your life goals? What is your dream career or business? What type of work do you want to do that requires no external motivation?
- Evaluate Your Professional Skills. What are you excellent at? What skills do you possess that others would consider you great? What are your transferable skills that you can utilize at any company?
- Create Your Plan. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Determine the relationships, revenues, and resources you need to have established prior to your transition. Plan your work and then work you plan.
In future articles I will offer more spiritual and practical advice on how you can continue to break away from W-2 dependency.
Read the full article: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/why-quit-job-now-151346969.htmlWhat are your thoughts? Please leave your comments below...
Annually during this "March Madness" time of the year, the word "passion" is thrown around even more than normal. Often in this season, this word is used to describe the intense physical and emotional efforts of basketball players as they fight toward the goal they have been working for all year. It's an interesting "coincidence" that this is also the season used to describe the process our Savior went through for the redemption of our sins.
In my experience as a business consultant and career coach, when most leaders use the word passion they are referring to common definitions, such as "nearly uncontrollable desire," "intense enthusiasm," or "outbursts of emotion." Unfortunately most leaders confuse passion with excitement. The true essence of passion goes much deeper than mere excitement. Genuine passion toward a cause or purpose forges ahead even after the excitement has died down.
What many leaders fail to recognize or embrace is the uncommon definition of passion, which is suffering
. And although it is uncommon, it actually may be the most significant definition. I wonder why we rarely if ever connect passion to suffering - other than with Jesus. It's probably because suffering isn't something leaders aspire to. It's something most try to avoid.
Well if suffering is too difficult to embrace, what about the word perseverance. Most leaders can agree that without perseverance significant accomplishments won't happen. However, it doesn't come easy. Perseverance must be practiced and proven in order to become profitable.Passion Isn't Passion Without Perseverance
Recently leadership guru John Maxwell wrote a very enlightening article, Going Beyond Talent: Eliminating 5 Enemies of Perseverance,
which describes the close relationship between passion and perseverance. According to Beyond Talent
, we must eliminate the five greatest enemies of perseverance to bring greater chance of success. These include:
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- A lifestyle of giving up
- A wrong belief that life should be easy
- A wrong belief that success is a destination
- A lack of resiliency
- A lack of vision
Your leadership legacy is going to be closely tied to your level of perseverance, i.e. willingness to suffer for what you believe in. What are you willing to suffer through to do something that's never been done before?
Read the entire article at: http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/going-beyond-talent-eliminating-5-enemies-of-perseverance
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History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries has been a ratings bonanza. The premiere on March 3 is cable's most-watched entertainment telecast this year
. Further, the $22 million cost
was paltry compared with the $200 million HBO spent on the 2010 war epic The Pacific
. For Christian entrepreneurs in the business of creating content for your customers, you can learn a lot from this production.
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