“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans”
How do you view the coming year? Are there new possibilities right around the corner that promise to challenge and grow you? Or, are you like so many that are trapped in the habits or shortcomings of the past? The new year is upon us and is a white sheet of paper. Commit yourself to a few realistic and achievable goals and you won’t regret it. Goals give us something to work towards… something to help keep us focused. Set goals that take you out of your comfort zone and God will bless your efforts.
Don’t just casually commit goals to memory, but rather write them down; or better yet find a computer application or an app on your phone or tablet that allows you to notate your goals and track them throughout the year. Let’s challenge ourselves to establish goals in four different areas.
(John 15:5) Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen. Decide to devote some time and energy to jump-starting spiritual growth:
1. Read the Bible each day and commit to read it entirely before the end of the year.
2. Get involved in a small group or structured Bible study.
3. Make witnessing a priority and share Jesus without fear.
(Proverbs 1:5) Challenge yourself by taking steps to learn or try something new.
1. Do in-depth research on a particular subject and take notes on what you’ve learned.
2. Enroll in some type of continuing education class or program.
3. Volunteer to lead a small group, teach a class, or mentor someone.
1. Forgive – Decide to extend the gift of forgiveness for an old hurt. You’ll gain a new sense of freedom because you no longer carry a grudge.
2. Be patient – Practice patience in areas where you are historically impatient.
3. Manage anger – Make a conscious decision to control your anger and determine its sources.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Get serious about maintaining the temple that is our body.
1. Enroll in an exercise program and go! Be disciplined enough to actually work out regularly.
2. Deny yourself those tasty morsels that do nothing to adorn the temple. View food as fuel for the machine instead of gratification for the taste buds.
3. Execute a family plan that encourages physical activity and togetherness.
God can transform our lives but He needs us to do our part. Commit to Him and yourself simple goals in each of these key areas and you are guaranteed to see results as He blesses your efforts.
Life is summed up in this very simple quote:
“Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Pray daily. Leave everything else to God.”
What a powerful message for a very complex, misguided, and lost world. Its simplicity encourages me, and it challenges me to work hard at blocking out all the noise around me and focusing on the people and activities that are truly important and meaningful in life. Thank you God for the strength and peace you bless me with every day.
Think for just a moment about the things you own. Think about the house you have, the car you drive, the money you’ve saved. Think about the stocks you’ve traded and the clothes you’ve purchased. Envision all your stuff, and let me remind you of two biblical truths.
Your stuff isn’t yours. Ask any coroner…No one takes it with him. When one of the wealthiest men in history, John D. Rockefeller, died, his accountant was asked, “How much did John D. leave?” The accountant’s reply? “All of it.”
All that stuff—it’s not yours. And you know what else about all that stuff? It’s not you. Who you are has nothing to do with the clothes you wear or the car you drive. Jesus said, “Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot” (Luke 12:15 MSG). Heaven does not know you as the fellow with the nice suit or the woman with the big house or the kid with the new bike.
Heaven knows your heart.
People with high self control are happier than those without. This is true because self disciplined people are more capable of dealing with goal conflicts. These people spend less time debating whether to indulge in behaviors detrimental to their health, and are able to make positive decisions more easily. The self disciplined do not allow their choices to be dictated by impulses or feelings. Instead, they make informed, rational decisions on a daily basis without feeling overly stressed or upset. Despite what many may think, self discipline is a learned behavior. It requires practice and repetition in your day-to-day life. Improved self discipline will allow you to live a freer life by helping you to make healthy choices, not emotional ones. Give these 5 simple suggestions a shot.
- remove temptations and distractions – set yourself up for success by ditching bad habits
- exercise and eat right – allow you brain to focus on your goals and priorities instead of on your growling stomach
- don’t wait for it to “feel” right – when a behavior becomes habit, we stop using our decision-making skills and instead function on auto-pilot
- schedule breaks, treats and rewards for yourself – self-discipline can be hard so reward your efforts
- forgive yourself and move forward – just KEEP MOVING FORWARD no matter how many setbacks you may experience along the way
“run with endurance the race that is set before us”, Hebrews 12:1
- I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream. Neil Armstrong
- Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. W.C.Fields
- My life is what a salmon must feel like. They are always going upstream, against the current. Laura Schlessinger
- Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. Sam Walton
- Throw your net on the other side of the boat; take the message of the good news to the Gentiles; be kind to your enemies and pray for them; seek not the things of the world, which rust and can be stolen, but seek first the Kingdom of God and store up treasures in Heaven. Jesus Christ
Hey Tusculum Men,
Final preparations are being made for a night of fellowship for this Friday night, November 14th, beginning at 6:30, the guys will gather in the gym and share a dinner of wild game and fixings. There will be chicken, venison, ribs, and turkey and who knows what else might be brought. Afterwards there will be some corn hole, cards, and other games to play.
The only thing missing may be you!
If you have not had a a chance to signed up feel free to call or text David Gee at 615-479-5127 or email him at email@example.com and let him know that you are coming and what you might bring as far as food and/or games.
(For Guys Only) On Friday, November 14th, 6:30 pm, there will be a covered dish event hosted by the new Tusculum Men’s Ministry. There will be some prepared Wild Game and probably a bucket of chicken or two. Of course there will be other sides as well. A Corn Hole Tournament and cards will round out the evening. All Men of Tusculum are encouraged to make plans to attend. Please sign up in the Great Hall.