Archives For Personal Growth

Laboring in vain

December 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep” Psalm 127:2

We can have the wrong idea that working hard is all it takes to succeed. We put our nose to the grindstone and forget to look behind us, God is there watching and wanting to step in.

We can be so busy being busy that we hinder God from being busy on our behalf.

This next statement may seem harsh but take the time to examine it, it could change your life. If you don’t like the customers you’re attracting… that is they irritate you and frustrate you or your employees are small minded, petty and complainers than you need to understand this principle.

Like attracts like. What you sow you will reap.

You’re customers are what they are because you are who you are. If they’re grouchy and complainers then they’re reflecting your attitude. If they’re unfriendly then you’re unfriendly, if they’re stingy and penny pinchers then you’re not generous.

Loving What You Do

September 5, 2011 — Leave a comment

Learn to love what you’re doing and eventually you’ll be doing what you love.

God has placed in each of us a dream, birthed by Him and waiting for release.

That dream is the alignment of our skills, purposes and roles so that we wake up every morning excited to get out of bed and do the things we were made to do in our jobs, career, and ministry.

But…there is a process to get from where we discover our dream to where it is released in our lives and that is usually a painful but profitable process…which we must embrace.

The Power of Alignment

September 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

(Excerpt from the book “Bible Based Businesses – Biblical Principles for Success in Business and Life” by Jeff Testerman at Amazon)

For many Christians, whether business owners or employees, there’s a disconnect between your spiritual life and your business. There seems to be no integration with your passions and your career. You are experiencing

Facing our Trials

August 26, 2011 — Leave a comment

In the business world and in all areas of life we will face various trials, difficulties, and tests.

How do we handle them? How should I respond as a Christian to things falling apart around me?

Peter tells us that “now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,…”

It is not sin to have strong feelings about your trial, to be distresses or grieved over a situation is not a sign of being weak in faith.

Imagine you’re in a football game, you’re sitting on the fifty yard line headed for the goal line.

But you’re nervous, you’re afraid. You don’t know if you should pass, run a sweep, or plunge up the middle. You’re afraid of making a wrong decision so you call a time out. Then you get back on the field of play but again fear and uncertainty strikes so you call another time out.

Back to the huddle you go but you still can’t decide what to do so you call another time out. Pretty soon you’re out of time outs and you’re being penalized for delaying the game.

Is it Okay for Christian business Owners to Be Rich?

In the last article we dealt with this question and came to understand that the answer depends upon the condition of the inner heart.

It is okay for Christian business owners to be rich but there are some strong warning in the Bible.

Paul wrote to Timothy and warned him, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”

Is it Okay for Christian business Owners to Be Rich?

The answer to that is an emphatic Yes and No!

In all areas of our life this law holds true, whether it be health, relationships, career, increasing our knowledge base, growing our business or our spiritual growth. We must embrace a certain amount of pain or we will not grow.

Can you give some examples of how this works in different areas of life and business? Post your examples.

Goal Setting Intro PT 2

February 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

Another factor in reaching your goals is to not overload yourself. Too many goals can cause your mind and soul to shut down. Go ahead and dream of things you might get to eventually but take the time to seriously and prayerfully narrow down your goals.

There are four areas of life that you need to set goals in and these can be subdivided.

1. Relationships- family, wife or husband, friendships

2. Personal growth- developing good habits, improving personal skills, gaining knowledge, time to relax and refresh

3. Spiritual- time with God and His people