Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Game Plan: How To Jumpstart Your Life By Planning For Your Future! Are You Ready To Take The Challenge?

You may be wondering how you know if you have the right dreams for your life. It's actually easier than you may realize. Discovering your divine dreams comes from being in relationship with God. Together we're going to learn how to make those dreams your reality!

Join us Sundays in February to be released from the negativity of your past, overcome obstacles in your present, and forge ahead into the incredible future for which God has created you!

SMALL GROUPS
Relationships matter because people matter! God created us to share life with others and so we encourage you to participate in a 40-Day Small Group this February! Connect with others and grow your faith for six weeks. We have opportunities for men, women and couples. It's short-term commitment with long-term benefits! Sign-up for a Small Group online here
FOOD & FITNESS CHALLENGE
Learn how to glorify God in the ways you eat, move and think! Participate in our Food & Fitness Challenge to become a healthier you. We'll have a special registration at the Tangled Conference, and we will host three Food & Fitness Challenge on Thursdays, February 12th, 19th & 26th at 7pm at the FL Christiana Campus. Dr. Candice Boyer will lead a 45min nutrition education segment and Erica Allain, a certified instructor, will offer 45min of exercise that is compatible and challenging for all levels of fitness. Email info@freedomlife.tv for more information.

MINI BOOK
Pastor Sam has written a mini book complementing The Game Plan series, available at Freedom Life bookstores in various formats. It is a practical tool offering guidance to help you make choices today that will affect your tomorrow; because your life is not happening to you, rather, it's happening through the choices you make. Strategically plan the next ten years of your life with 10 minutes of focused thinking everyday for five days and position yourself for opportunities and blessing. Purchase an electronic version of THE GAME PLAN here.

Here is an excerpt from my new book.  Enjoy!

INTRODUCTION

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” - Ephesians 3: 20 (NLT) 

— It was a sunny Sunday morning in the North East, and like most Sunday mornings of my life up to that point, I was spending it listening to a sermon. 

I don't remember anything the pastor preached on that day; for all I know it could have been the 5 Steps Samson Took To Have Bouncy, Voluminous Hair. The point is, it wasn’t the message that stuck with me that day, it was what happened after it. I was in college, and visiting a church at the request of the pastor, who had recently asked me if I was interested in becoming their youth pastor. The invitation was humbling, but I told him my schedule was too busy to make that type of commitment. I had a lot going on, including my biggest commitment as the the point guard for the school’s basketball team. 

(If you don’t know basketball, the point guard is usually the most handsome guy on the team who dunks all the time and wears a crown during the game because of how awesome he is.) 

(If you do know basketball, or you know me, you know I’m obviously joking.) 

Though I was young, I knew I didn’t have the time needed to invest into this important ministry, so that was what I thought I had told him earlier that week. Thanks, but no thanks. 

As the service was ending and I was thinking through my lunch options, something unexpected happened. The pastor asked me to stand up, which I did, and then introduced me to the church, saying, “Would everyone please give a warm welcome to Sammy Masteller... our new youth pastor!”

I stood there in disbelief . I was stunned, confused, and if I’m honest , I was slightly annoyed. I replayed our conversation from earlier in the week in my head. I thought I had been clear that I could not commit to this, but maybe I hadn’t been? I certainly wasn’t expecting to be announced to the church as a new hire. And yet, in the last sixty seconds I had gone from deciding between Burger King and McDonalds to being employed in my first ministry job. Wait, what?!?

Still in shock, and I did what most of you would do in that situation. I smiled, waved hello to the small congregation, shook a few hands, kissed a few babies, and never set foot in that church again. 

Definitely not my proudest moment.

~ I share this story, not to demean the pastor or to highlight my terrible communication skills, but merely to point out that if you don’t have plan for your future, someone else will.

Too often we live our lives without clarity or certainty, waiting for doors to open or opportunities to arise. But here’s the truth: your life isn't happening to you, it's happening through you, through the choices that you make. 

Your future isn’t a result of chance, it's a result of choice. I chose to enter into that relationship. I chose to go that particular Sunday. I chose to smile and wave and not say anything to the pastor about our miscommunication. 

It wasn’t fate or chance. It was completely crazy, but it was completely my choice. Today’s choices are creating your tomorrow. The Bible reminds us in Psalm 90: 12, to “… number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)” 

Within the pages of this little book, I want to help you do just that. It’s time that you get a game plan for your future. It’s time to make choices that will move you into the plans that Almighty God has for your life. 

No more sitting on the sidelines feeling like life is happening to you, it’s time to get in the game and take action on the dreams and purposes God has put inside of you. You’ve only got one life to live, and with each day that passes it gets shorter and shorter. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (NLT)” 

Your greatest power is your power to choose. I’m inviting you to begin making those choices by taking part in The Game Plan Challenge. 

Give me ten minutes of focused thinking a day for the next five days, and I will help you get started in planning the next ten years of your life! Time is ticking, let’s get started!