Better Than Resolutions

Posted in Change, New Year, Opportunity, Personal Growth by PCraig on January 5, 2018

They say that resolutions don’t work, that statistics show that the vast majority of people who make them fail within a short period of time. If that’s the case, then why make them at all? Is there a better way to bring about change?

In thinking this over during the week, I pondered what has brought about change in my own life and here’s what I came up with: one step at a time. All the changes in my life have come after taking another step.

That means the key to changing your life this year is starts with taking the first step.

Here’s the dilemma:

The first step is the hardest.

The next one can seem just as hard.

Keep stepping anyway. Nothing great is achieved by taking the path of least resistance. Whatever it is you need to change about yourself this year. Just get started by taking first step today. Pick up your Bible and read a chapter, spend 15 minutes in prayer, make an appointment with the counselor, don’t eat that donut, instead eat a banana.

For more about how to bring about your best year yet, be sure to come to part one of Your Best Year Yet this weekend! Service times: 9 & 11 a.m.


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Be Daring

Posted in Attitude, Faith, Fear, Miracle, Opportunity by PCraig on March 12, 2015

Some people that others think are daring just take calculated risks.  The guy that climbs in a rocket to shoot across the Grand Canyon has already jumped smaller venues and has scientific assessment to virtually guarantee success.  Plus, he has a parachute if all his experts are wrong.  The woman who opens a bakery already has many people that have eaten her goods not only love them they are willing to pay for them.  She only needs to figure out how to do it on a much broader scale and enlist great help who believe with her.

Compare this to the majority of people that choose to play it safe, hold onto their cards, limit their risks, and plod along doing the same thing every day.  Who has the most fun?  Is it the person who stays safely on the shore or the one who cruises out to the horizon? Sure, there’s a risk of sinking, but it’s the only way to experience a view that is like no other.

In the Scripture, Jesus walked on water and Peter wanted to join him.  Once Jesus gave him permission to join in the adventure, Peter actually got out and walked toward Jesus.  Anyone familiar with the story knows that Peter eventually sank and had to be rescued.  Jesus looked at Peter and asked, “Why did you doubt?”  If Jesus is already walking on the water and he has invited you to join him, why should you doubt?  Yet, we do.

Why does doubt hold us back from experiencing the thrill of doing what everyone else says is impossible?  You can choose to play it safe and live life in the mundane world of cheap giving, low living, and fearful existence.  But, why would you choose that, when miracles are waiting to happen out on the water?

(Read Hebrews 11)

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Who Is It?

I believe God would have us reach out to those around us way more if we were better listeners.  One of the most troubling things to me is the thought of living so fast-paced that I may be overlooking divine connections.  Those moments when God has someone in my path that I could share Christ, or maybe just invite to church, but I’m too busy to see them.

This Easter season especially, let’s make sure we don’t miss out on divine appointments that could literally change a person’s eternal destination.  Here are some ways to get prepared to share:

  • Pray and ask God to help you heighten your sensitivity to His voice & those around.
  • Think about what you should share with them ahead of time.  You could simply be prepared to invite them to church, or ask them a question that allows a spiritual conversation.
  • Have a 2 minute testimony of how God has impacted your life ready to share at any moment.
  • Look around and breathe prayers to God as you go through your day – let Him guide you.
  • Slow down the pace.  Most of us are trying to do too much for things that don’t matter nearly as much as someone living and dying without Christ.

These are just some thoughts to help us all be better used of God.  Did you know that Easter is the best time of year to reach people?  Which of these suggestions do you need to apply?  What other suggestions do you have?

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Questions for a New Year

God has been speaking to me lately about the power of questions. A well placed question can help to bring incredible clarity, understanding and direction. For example: Why do you allow him to treat you that way? That one question can help a person evaluate an abusive situation and take ownership and lead to action.

Here’s some questions that might be good to ask heading into a New Year:
What didn’t work well for me in 2011?
What did I promise that I would do last year that I failed to complete?
What would it take to complete it in this coming year and make it a priority?
Who do I need to get around more often in the New Year?
Who do I need to spend less time with next year?
What fear do I need to conquer in 2012?
What excuses kept me from doing more this year? How can I stop making them?
What do I feel God might be leading me more & more into? (New ministry, witnessing, giving…)
What first step do I need to take to achieve greater alignment with God in 2012?

These are just a few I thought of, do you have any great questions to be asked heading into a New Year?

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You’ve Graduated

Posted in Attitude, Choice, Opportunity, Perspective by PCraig on June 2, 2011

It’s graduation season and it can come with mixed emotions.  First there can be a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Yet at the same time, there can be a feeling of concern or even fear for the future.  We can be full of excitement for the potential opportunities or filled with anxiety at all the options.

One of the best things about graduation is that it can serve as a launch pad to new beginnings.  For those leaving high school, it means the prospect of new friends in a new school or a new boss at new job.

What if we looked at every day as a graduation?  In a sense, we graduated from yesterday to today.  This brings us to a new day with new possibilities, dreams, contacts and potential.

Yesterday may have been filled with pain, difficulties, hurts, habits and heartache, but it doesn’t mean today will be more of the same.  You may have had struggles in high school, overweight, bored, lonely, and isolated, but in college you changed!  As a result, your experience was totally different.

God has a plan for our lives… “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Today can be a new day, new experience, new adventure for you because you’ve graduated – yesterday is gone!

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Set Back or Set Up?

Posted in Attitude, Opportunity, Victorious Living, witnessing by PCraig on March 10, 2011

What happens when you have a deadline looming, not feeling well, have a problem with a customer, have an opportunity to get revenge, have a feeling of being overwhelmed or sense you are being misunderstood?  It’s in that moment, you get to show us who you really are.  You can determine how we will walk away and remember you. 

Unfortunately, many see the problem instead of the potential.  We don’t realize that our worst moments provide our greatest opportunities.  Jesus talked about how it is no big deal to love, be nice or kind to people you love, but he wants us to do that with difficult people.  He said that’s when others will really know the change that Christ has made in your life. 

Instead of looking at your circumstances and thinking negatively about it, why not see it as an opportunity to shine for Jesus – because like it or not, that’s exactly what it is!

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Posted in Evangelism, Opportunity, witnessing by PCraig on September 9, 2010

We hear about opportunity, but how many of us really think about it every day?  Motivational speakers will refer to “Carpe Diem – seize the day”, and many think “Yeah, but that’s for others.”  Is it? 

God’s Word declares that “today is the day of salvation and now is the accepted time.”  Who is that intended for?  Could it be for your next door neighbor?  Or, grocery clerk?  Or, co-worker?  Are we not only missing our opportunity to be used of God to reach someone else, but we are also hurting their opportunity to know Him? 

This weekend is Back to Church Sunday and our goal is to double the church in one day by everyone inviting one.  My prayer is that we won’t miss our opportunity to be used of Him and delay someone’s opportunity to be reached for God.  Let’s lift up our eyes, stop thinking so much about ourselves and watch for opportunities over the next few days to seize the day for God!

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