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Resolutions: Get Rid of the Fog

January 27th, 2015 No comments

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Have you ever felt like your life was being lived in dense fog? I prayed with a young man after the service on Sunday who could certainly relate. He confessed that he didn’t really know who he was or where his life was going. His dreams were lost in the fog.

Imagine how silly it would be to find yourself driving down the Interstate when all of the sudden you see a 747 in the lane ahead of you! You’d immediately ask, “What is that plane doing on the highway?” It’s completely out of place. That plane is made to fly hundreds of miles an hour. On the interstate, it cannot keep up with the traffic!

That’s a picture of what happens when we live in the fog. Our dreams have the power to make us fly fast and far. But when there’s dense fog in the area, the plane is left motoring around the runway or completely stalled at the gate. Until you get rid of the fog, your life will never take off.

If we fail to address the fog, two things will happen:

1. Fog will cloud your confidence.

When we know where we are going and we know how to get there we operate in a spirit of confidence. On the other hand, when we can’t see clearly and we aren’t sure what to do, our stress level increases. We often get edgy and irritable. Many times, those around us, our friends, family or colleagues, feel the heat from our frustration with life.

Clarity, on the other hand, creates certainty; and certainty leads to action. When people get clear they get going.

2. Fog creates stress.

It has been said that 85% of the stress we live with is due to either paralyzing indecision or feeling like our lives are out of control. Life is full of choices. Some choices are easy, like what to eat for lunch. Others are much more difficult. Nevertheless, a decision must be made.

So what do we do?

Often we become paralyzed and do nothing. Unfortunately, our indecision only compounds the problem. As long as we choose to ignore the situation we simply allow the dark cloud of stress to hover over our heads.

Sometimes things get so bad we simply feel like our lives are out of control. We feel like a car without brakes flying down a mountain road as our velocity increases and our ability to control the vehicle vanishes.

Can you relate?

Do you have some fog in your life right now?

What causes the fog?

Is it due to indecision or feeling out of control?

What is the most pressing situation begging for a decision or action on your part?

Make it a priority. Watch the fog begin to lift.

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Resolutions: The Power of a Dream

January 22nd, 2015 No comments

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May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!

Psalm 20:4

One of the greatest joys God allows us to share with Him is the ability to dream. Dreams are what cause us to be excited about getting up in the morning. A man or woman without a dream is someone just going through the motions of life.

Have you ever been there? You get up, go to work or school, come home, eat, pay the bills, clean the house, and go to bed. The same lifeless cycle is repeated over and over again.

For the dreamless, life becomes a joyless ritual.

But when God places a dream in a person’s heart everything changes. The dream energizes your life. You prepare. You plan. Your make sacrifices. And you envision the day when your dream becomes a reality and you actually step into your destiny.

You see, dreams have the power to transform our lives.

I love this quote by Dr. David Yonggi Cho on the transformational power of a dream:

“When vision comes, you are changed. You speak and act differently, and you lead differently. Vision received from the Lord makes you a new person. And thankfully, we don’t need to make the vision – the vision makes us.”

A life dream helps to bring focus to our lives. It assists us in maximizing the remaining days of our lives.

The cry of Moses’ heart was “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalm 90:12, 17

Moses was concerned with living a meaningful life and with leaving a lasting legacy. To “number your days” is to reflect on the fact that life is a vapor and to make the conscious choice to make the most out of the time we have here on earth. The cry for the Lord to “establish the work of our hands” points to the fact that we all want to leave a legacy to future generations.

We are confronted with a myriad of demands upon our limited time. In light of eternity, what is most important? How do I weed out the good opportunities from the best ones? A clear vision helps define reality. It reminds you of what is MOST important and MOST valuable.

Take a couple of minutes today and finish the following question:

“One of my dreams is to…”

The answer to that question has the power to transform your life!

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Self-Censoring Your Dreams

January 25th, 2011 3 comments

When it comes to dreaming, we are often our own worst enemies. We play a deadly game of self-censorship where we tell ourselves why our infant dreams will never survive to adulthood. Our list of excuses is long:

You’re not smart enough….

You don’t have the time…

You don’t have enough money…

It’s not worth it…

What about the kids…

It’s not practical…

It’s not the right time…

Sound familiar? If we buy into the self-censoring “talk” taking place in our thought life, we’ll short-circuit the dreams God has placed there for our enjoyment and for His pleasure.

It’s time to remove the limitations from your heart by getting in touch with your deepest desires. The following questions are great for removing the self-imposed barriers we have placed like barb-wire around our best dreams. This is not a time to be prudent and practical. The prison cell has been opened and you are now FREE. Where do you want to go and what do you want to do? It’s time to get in touch with your DREAMS.

What would you do if you could do anything?

What if you had all the time, money, education, staff, resources and you knew that failure was not an option?

If you just received word that you had five years at the most to live, how would you live? What would you do?

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