Invest In Your Core

You may not be into fitness, but experts say that you’ll be better off as you age by investing in your core.  What exactly is core training?  It is building up the muscles that support your spine and help with balance.  Two very important areas.  The idea is that you build up the entire area that supports the spine, so that the burden of supporting your body weight isn’t just placed on your bones.

Besides our physical bodies, what are some other core areas where we need to be paying attention?  Faith, family, our minds, spirits, soul, thoughts, finances, marriages, and ministries are some I thought about.

So, just like there are core exercises to strengthen your physical core, what are some things you can do for these other areas?  Read the Bible, meditate (on Scripture), pray, eat dinner as a family (without devices and only dialogue), listen to worship tunes, attend church regularly, work a plan for getting out of debt, establish a regular date night, discover, develop and deploy your spiritual giftedness, build margin in your life.

Hope this got you thinking about ways to invest in your core – in all areas.  Make it happen!

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The Power of Everybody

Posted in Gifts, Involvement, Used of God by PCraig on September 20, 2010

I think one of the biggest hindrances to the church is the thought that “I can’t make that much of a difference.”  Some think that because they can’t give a large amount, they just won’t give anything.  Or, because we can’t serve EVERY week, we just won’t serve at all.  Others lack confidence or feel inferior to others and so they keep their gifts to themselves, or just use them at work or other places.  What a crying shame!

I personally believe that God is the giver of all good things, which includes the following:  money, time, possessions, breath, gifts, talents and ablilities to only name a few.  If you believe the same, then don’t you have an obligation to use at least a decent portion of that for the building of His Kingdom? 

I fully understand the feeling of “Well, someone else will do it.”  Or, “I’m sure someone will give, go, or do.”  But it is a flat out lie of Satan to paralyze you and keep you from being involved.  Satan and I have something in common, we both know the power of being used by God to accomplish something for His glory.  That’s why he works so hard to hold you back. 

You see it’s true, nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something!

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Play To Your Strengths

Posted in Gifts, One Year Bible, Strengths, Victorious Living by PCraig on July 29, 2010

I wish I was good at everything, but the truth is there are some things I’ll never be good at no matter how hard I try.  For example, I may dream of playing in the NBA, but no matter how hard I train, my chances of being on a team are about zilch.  On the contrary, there are some other things in which I’m pretty good at and could even become great. 

Every leader should discover where their strengths are and where they are not.  A good leader will then begin to develop their strengths and delegate their weakness.  In today’s reading of the One Year Bible, Paul explains this in Romans by comparing each of us a a body part.  Just like many parts come together to form your physical body, likewise we all come together to form one spiritual body (His church).  He further develops this idea by saying that if you have the gift of serving – then by all means serve.  If you have the gift of encouraging – then get out there and encourage someone. 

This principle works in reverse: if you are gifted to encourage then don’t spend the bulk of your time trying to serve because you’re not that good at it.  Plus, someone else around you IS really good at it and wondering why you’re doing it all wrong!  Dare to be what you are, what God created you to be and let others do what they are gifted to do and you do what you are gifted to do. 

Allowing those around you come along side and carry what you were never meant to carry makes you a team player.  Maybe not on the NBA, but for a championship team nonetheless.

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