Wednesday, October 12, 2011

10 for 10 Challenge, Pt. 2

10 for 10 OCT. 12th 2011 from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo.

Everyone Ends Up Somewhere, Few People End Up Somewhere On Purpose!
Thanks for continuing to take part in the 10 for 10 challenge.  If you’ll keep giving me 10 minutes a week for the next few weeks, I will help you plan the next 10 years of your life!
During week 1, I asked you to begin to write your future dreams for the 5 most important areas of your life:  1.  Spiritual Life.  2.  Relational Life.  3. Physical Life.  4. Work Life.  5. Financial Life.  If you haven't yet done that, why not go back right now & get started!
There was a study done by a group of sociologists a few years ago where they asked a group of 90+ year old people, "If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently?"  They responded overwhelmingly by saying, "We would risk more!"  Life is too short to play it safe.  You'll live approximately 25,550 days.  I'm asking you to consider, TODAY, how you will live the next 3,650 days (10 years)!
The Bible tells us to, “Write the vision (revelation, dream) and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who  reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)  Planning is hard work but it is the price of admission for a purposeful future.
A number of years ago, you may recall, there was a movie series that came out entitled, "Back To The Future."  The underlying theme of these movies was to demonstrate how 1 small act in the past could dramatically affect the present.  In the same way, you need to understand that 1 small act in the present can set the course for your future.  Let's take a moment & go back to the future by responding to the following questions:
1.  What Are Your Values?   You've heard it said, "If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything."  Our core values are what we stand for in life.  Your values set your priorities & plan your future.  You can discover your values by asking yourself:  What inspires or angers you in life?  What do you love? What is really important to you?
2.  What Are You Good At?  What are the talents & gifts that you have?  What do you do exceptionally well?  You are gifted & equipped to do everything that God has called you to do!
3.  What Are Your Life Experiences?  Everything that you have experienced in life, pain or pleasure, is what makes you who you are.  Take a moment & write down those memorable experiences that you've had in your life. The experiences that God has given you will position you for future promotion that can help you fulfill His purpose for you life.  Remember, God never wastes a hurt & He never wastes a pain. He will use your past for your future good & the good of others if you allow Him. (Romans 8:28)
Here's the challenge.  Step 2 of developing a plan for your future is this, REMEMBER!  Take 5 minutes of focused thinking to begin the process of writing your past & present so that you can prepare for your future.  Answer each question to the best of your ability.  Don't worry if everything looks perfect, just begin! Proverbs 14:22-23 says, “...But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.  All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”  Go ahead & do the hard work & you'll take 1 small step into your future!