“And as for you, brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right [but continue in well-doing without weakening” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).
Continuing Writing Your Personal Vision Plan!
From the winter month of January, and from the beautiful state of Washington, I greet you in the name of Jesus, the only name by which we can be saved. All glory and all honor is given to Him! Praise God as we start this week with a shout of joy to the Maker of this place called Earth. Welcome, my brothers and my sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior.
Let’s pray: Father, we come in the name of Jesus Christ, our soon and coming King, asking Your help in what we are about to talk about. May You find favor in our worship and in our discussion today. We pray Your encouragement and share Your grace to everyone that is reading this word. I pray that Your Spirit will impart and stir their gifts. Let it bubble out of our bellies as we acknowledge Your love and Your peace. Father, it is not by might, it is not by power, but by Your Spirit - You spoke it. Lead us, guide us, and walk with us through this week as we begin this day in You. May Your peace be in the midst of every circumstance and thing that we are about to do. If it is not according to what You purposed for our lives, Lord abort it so we can sit back, take a step back, and rethink our strategy, so we can be victorious and enjoy this week. I pray for our bodies, that we will present it as a living sacrifice to You, our Lord and God! Let not Your Spirit depart from us, but each morning may we wake up together with a song and a groaning that will move us to Your rest! Show us the footsteps we should follow and the path we should take this week, so that we can be in tune with heaven all day and all week long. Let our failures be a learning tool for us. Moreover, help us today to have the confidence and perseverance needed to carry on, even through failure. With that, I thank You that with You in my life, I will always be able to win, as long as I don’t quit. I know that You want me healthy, because Your Son, Jesus, bore my sickness and pain, so that I wouldn’t have to bear them. I receive the healing that Jesus purchased for me. I give You all the glory, forevermore. Now I boldly declare that whomever is reading this blessing, will say, “I receive the healing Jesus purchased for me!” Let Your favor be with Your people this week. Thank You for Your loving kindness. In Jesus’ wonderful name, Amen and Amen!
Well, it was Winston Churchill who noted that “an attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” With that, I couldn’t agree more. You know, all of us need an “attitude adjustment” sometimes, and an attitude adjustment is the result of changing the way we think.
So, if we continue to keep our attitudes up and positive, we will continue to climb higher and higher in life and be able to soar like an eagle! On the other hand, if our attitudes are down and negative, we will fall and stay on the ground of life, never able to make the journeys God intends for us or reach the destination He planned for us.
Now, you may have heard the saying that your attitude determines your altitude. To put it in other words, your positive attitude will cause you to fly so high in life, while a negative attitude will keep you crawling down.
Just like those pilots who have certain rules to follow to keep planes oriented for the right altitudes, we can start with some of our own right thoughts that can keep our “altitude” where it should be!
You must always maintain the right attitude when the going gets rough!
In other words, no matter what happens to you, determine to go through it with the right attitude. In fact, beforehand decide that you will keep a positive attitude in the midst of every negative situation that presents itself to you. Now, if you make this decision and meditate on it during a good time in your life, then when difficulty arises, you will already be prepared to maintain a good attitude.
Take for example, if an unexpected bill or a major repair presents itself to you, make up your mind that you will not complain because you have to tighten your belt financially for a few months to make up for it. Instead, look at the challenge as an adventure and decide you will find creative ways to cut costs for a while, and look for ways to enjoy life without spending money.
In life, I have witnessed over and over how God helps people who keep a good attitude in challenging times. Moreover, no matter what difficulty you encounter, maintaining the right attitude will be much easier than regaining the right attitude, so as soon as you sense your attitude losing altitude, make an adjustment.
We should always remember to resist the devil at his onset (1 Peter 5:8, 9). To put it in other words, as soon as the enemy sends negative thoughts into your mind, just stop them. Determine that you will not agree with them. Decide that you will not listen to his voice anymore.
Now I have promised some of you that I am going to continue with what we were talking about in the beginning of the year concerning our vision, to help us maintain our focus. I know that I gave you a couple of things to think about. So now, let us revisit and explain more from where we left off.
Step number four is: discovering your true motivation. Now, a vision from God is never selfish. It uplifts others in some way, and it is designed to make the lives of humankind better and improve society. What does that really mean? What it means is that your vision will inspire and build up others.
You need to really ask yourself these questions:
v In my life, how does my vision really help others?
v What is the motivation for my vision?
v Why do I want to do what I want to do?
v Can I accomplish my vision and still have integrity?
I know that these are some very challenging questions, but it is important for us to see why we must accomplish our vision.
Step number five is: identifying your principles.
Our principles are really our philosophy of life. To make it very plainly, they are how we intend to conduct ourselves during our lives. You must clarify what you will and won’t do. It is like setting a course for where you are going.
This is very important because these principles are your guides for life living, doing business, relating to other people, and relating to life. Therefore, you must settle them in your heart and mind so that you will have standards to live by.
The Ten Commandments are great principles and a good starting point for developing your own principles. Take for example, you could say or write, “Today on my way to vision, I will not steal, lie, or bear false witness. I won’t worship any god but God the Father. I will not commit adultery. I also will not covet…” and so on and so on. You can write your own principles.
Let’s go to number six: You can choose your goals and objectives. Let’s look at goals and what they are. Goals are the steps necessary to fulfill your vision. What practical things do you need to do to accomplish your dream? Moreover, goals are clear markers that will take you where you need to go. Write down your goals.
Objectives are the detailed steps of your goals. They will determine when you want things to happen. You must clearly delineate what you need to do and when you need to do it in order to get to where you want to go in life. For example, if you want to go to school, one of your goals is to choose a school. You can fill out an application and start your classes. Those objectives should include specific timetables.
Please make sure to write those objectives down!
Step number seven is to identify your resources!
You need to identify all the resources you will need to accomplish your vision! This is a very important step. Stop and identify your personnel needs! Find out what kind of help you need from others to fulfill your vision. What kind of personal associations do you need to have or not have? What other needs do you have? Remember, you must know what kinds of resources you will need to fulfill your vision. This is a very important thought. Do not worry about how large they may seem. Do make sure you write them down!
Now, write down your strengths and weaknesses! Ask yourself this question: “Who are you really? What are your gifts? Do you know what you are good at?” Then, write down your answers, and make plans to refine your strengths. Maybe, if your vision requires that you have to speak before a large group of people, you have to start stepping out and start doing it, even though you will probably be scared at first. God will give you opportunities to speak at different stages so you can develop your gift. You’ll find out you don’t even know what you can do until you have to. Some amazing gifts come out of people when they are under pressure.
As we close today, think about what your vision needs that you aren’t good at. Please do not be ashamed of your weaknesses, because everyone has something they are not good at. You do not have a monopoly on that; however, you must identify them because God will supply other people to do what you cannot do toward your vision. You need other people in your life because your vision cannot be fulfilled by you alone!
The last step is step number eight: you have to commit to your vision.
You know, you will never fulfill your vision if you are not committed to it. You will need to make a specific decision that you are going to follow through with what you want to do, acknowledging that God may refine your plans as He leads you through the process. Commit your vision to God on a regular basis. Here is what Proverbs 16:23 says: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
· You can commit to your vision.
· Also, you can commit your vision to God.
Have a good week, and God bless you!