The Way Up Is Down

Posted in Attitude, Boasting, Humility, Victorious Living by PCraig on October 11, 2012

Have you ever been humbled by God?  I have and I can tell you this, it’s not fun.  God actually gives us a choice.  We can choose to humble ourselves, or he will do it for us.  It shouldn’t take long to decide on that one.  I think I’ll humble myself, thank you very much.

Do you know what’s involved in humility?  Are you willing to resist taking credit and pass it along to others instead?  Have you learned to say “I’m sorry”?  Or do those words stick to the roof of your mouth like a thick peanut butter sandwich?

Knowing how to humble yourself is a key to experiencing God showing up strong in your life.  God actually opposes the proud, but give grace to the humble (James 4:6).  Don’t skip over this.  When you are at war with your pride, remember who you are opposing.

Are you willing to humble yourself so that God can flow in your life?  Examine yourself for a proud spirit that endeavors to call the shots and take the credit.  Humble yourself before God has to help you with that.

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What One Day Can Do

Posted in Choice, Impact, Time by PCraig on October 11, 2012

We have 365 days in a year.  If you were to commit to a simple thing just once each day, at the end of the year it would be huge.  Many of us live ultra-busy lives and we fail to realize the power of the incremental small moments of time.  For example, I remember listening to a cassette (remember those?) teaching many years ago on always having a book with you.  The speaker said you would be surprised at the amount of reading you can accomplish in your car waiting on a train, or people or arriving early at an event.  He was right!

Here are a few suggestions you might try, but only pick one:

  • Get up five minutes early each day to sit before the Lord in solitude first thing.
  • Send a thank you note to someone you appreciate
  • Read three chapters of the Bible, then ask God to speak through it
  • Go for a 15 minute walk, clearing your mind from stress and worshiping the God of creation
  • Help the church or other non-profit by giving of your time, talent or treasure
  • Introduce yourself to someone you didn’t know at work, church, or in the community and learn something about them
  • Practice a foreign language until you learn phrases and become more adept
  • Listen to Crossroads or other podcasts to reinforce principles in your life

It may seem like a small thing at the moment, but over time it’s amazing what one day can do.  What simple one thing would you suggest that, over time, could make a big impact?

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You Are The Company You Keep

Right now I’m being mentored by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, founder of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I wish it was on location, but it is happening over the internet!  Each month I’m reading a featured book, attending a webinar, and participating in a call-in.  The reason I am involved in this is mainly two reasons:

  • I need to receive input from others and not just give out all the time.
  • I respect the work Wayne has done and the integrity of his ministry.

In the last book I read, Sifted, Wayne shares a story of how he was converted by the crowd at a baseball game to cheer on their team – even though it wasn’t his team.  He said the passion and enthusiasm of the crowd, along with the team’s performance had him celebrating with them by the fourth inning.  His point is the power of company you keep.

Proverbs 13:20 states, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  Successful people know the power of this truth.  Who are you listening to?  Because the people you listen to is a preview of the future you.  If you want to go higher in a certain area, then get around people who are more advanced than you in that area.

Who are you listening to?  You are the company you keep, so choose well, your future is in the balance.

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