This blog post is a "transcript" of podcast #5. Listen to podcast or/and read blog post.
Do you know where you're going or are you walking in any direction the wind blows? Do you think on the things of God or are you living a life of hit or miss? Is your future important to you or do you just accept what happens that you deem beyond your control? If any of those questions are a yes, then Houston we've got a problem.
Listen, as I said before in prior podcasts, there's no need to look back and there's no need to be all turned up one side and down the other because of our current situation. We are where we are and that's it, yet here's the thing: we have to look forward to keep our eyes gazed there. Too many of us live in regret and that's not a good place to live. We have to live for the future and plan accordingly. For a long time I lived in the past and I lived in regret, so now I'm here to tell you what no one told me at that time and that is, God has more for your life. He wants you to be successful and that means looking up not down. Remember Genesis 19:26 when Lot's wife looked back probably thinking about all she thought she would miss? Well, she turned into a pillar of salt, because God told them not to look back when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah -- two evil places where nothing good happened. There's nothing there, but the past and 'the past is the past, that's why they call it that' (Dave Ramsey). Consequently, we're not missing anything from our past, so we must continue to look forward by thinking forward, speaking forward (positive), and acting with forward-thinking. Even if we fall, we when fall forward.
We have to think about what we want to do in our lives and when we think on those things we can plan for a future. It's not too late to get the desires of our heart. Psalm 37:4 says that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart. That means when we have a great relationship with Him as Lord over our lives He can and will make things happen for us. He loves to do that. Make sense? Your future involves much for you to do that will help people, because of your testimony, your journey, your story, and the life you've lived. You're going to help so many people, because you've been there done that. You will resonate with people and they will listen to you. You will an authority. So yes, please think about your future and plan accordingly.
One last thing. Don't get down about starting small. Remember Zechariah 4:10 says don't despise small beginnings. You may not think little things count, but they do. Every little thing you think, say and do matters. I'll leave with this story: Just think about the person who wants to lose weight -- maybe 100 pounds. She walks, but can hardly get around the block at first. Yet she's out there everyday and each day she's able to go a few steps farther. She continues to do that and guess what? Before she knows it, the numbers on the scale are going in the other direction -- they're going down. She's thinking about and taking acting regarding her future and although things may be going slow, they're going forward. We have to think about our tomorrow. Proverbs 4 talks about gaining wisdom. In verses 26/27 it says, "Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil." That means just focus on the positive. We have to think about where we tread and when we think about those things, we will go in the right direction. With trusting in the Lord you're going forward. Keep doing that and continue to share your testimony of His goodness. You're going up. Be encouraged.
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