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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Invest in your future

by Pam Roth
In the past few weeks, I’ve been following the “future plans” of some of my friends and family.  Some are dealing with health issues, others are traveling for one reason or another; and for several couples that we know, they are moving either to another state or to another country.  

Everyone that I am referring to, had developed a plan for their future; and for some, the plan did not turn out the way they thought it would.  
So, what happens when we find disappointment or struggles in the midst of future plans? How can we properly invest in our future so we can reach preferred outcomes?

This morning, I was reminded of the verses in James 4:13 - 15 (ESV) - “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”

Well, that pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? The way things appear to be, may not necessarily be the way they are.  The plans that we create may not turn out just like we thought they would; and sometimes the unexpected turns up when we are in the midst of the transition.    

When you are making plans to invest in your future, consider the following five steps:
  1. Include God in your plans - take time to seek godly counsel and to pray about your plans
  2. Be careful about presumptions - presumptions can become a barrier to fully reaching our preferred future
  3. Take a perspective “reality check” - ask for clarification and others perspective on a matter
  4. Avoid procrastination - discover the real reason behind putting off what needs to be done
  5. Be prepared to adjust - things don’t always turn out exactly the  way we plan, be willing to be flexible and sometimes forgiving of yourself and others

What are some of your future plans?  

How are you investing in your plans?  

Where do you need to make some adjustments in order to reach your desired future?

Feel free to comment.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hope for the future

by Nelson Roth
Nehemiah was a great leader who overcame many difficulties and accomplished many more great things.  The book in the Bible that bears his name – Nehemiah – is filled with principles that can help you get from where you currently are to where you want to go.  There are ten responses that Nehemiah makes that we have identified from his application of these principles.  

What is your hope for the future?
Where is God leading you?

Nehemiah Response Model
God is your ultimate source!  He already knows the other side of where you are right now.  With all ten of the Nehemiah responses, you can overcome difficulties, clarify next steps for moving forward, gain a focused vision for where you’re going, and create a plan for getting there.  Everybody ends up somewhere in life, but few people end up somewhere on purpose. So then, how can you realize what God is doing and then what do you need to do to agree with and join Him in what He is doing?

What is the vision of the future that God has given to you?
Are you ready to move forward fulfilling God’s purposes in your life?

Taking Nehemiah responses and discovering how to get to where you are going!

  1. Make an honest evaluation of your present situation
  2. Envision the preferred future
  3. Incubation Stage (clarifying vision and planning)
  4. Implementation Stage (taking action and overcoming obstacles)
  5. Celebration Stage
  6. Transformation Stage

Where are you now as you evaluate your present situation?
How is God changing you?

Your transformation is not an end, but rather a means to an end!
The hope for the future is God’s purposes for your life being fulfilled.  Using the Nehemiah Response
Model™ will help you identify where you are, what the next steps are, and ultimately how to get to where you want to go. Read what others are saying about The Nehemiah Response Model

Would having a coach help?
Imagine a relational process that helps facilitate the discovery of God’s agenda - His purposes and how they relate to your life.  Next, picture that agenda becoming a reality.  Having a coach provides a supportive relationship with an objective perspective.  Contact us at Relevant Ministry, our coach approach will help guide you through the ten responses of the Nehemiah Response
Model™, help you assess how it’s going, provide accountability, and pause with you to celebrate your advances into the future.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A harvest will come in the future

by Pam Roth
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:7 – 10

Depending on where you live, you may be experiencing a harvest of fruits and vegetables from your gardens, or for us along the Gulf Coast – a harvest of shrimp.

Growing up in the Midwest, I vividly remember the farmers out in the fields – late at night in the fall driving their combines through the rows of corn.  There was something magical about seeing the lights of the tractor in a sea of corn on a crisp, moonlit night.  Row by row, methodically the farmer would take down rows of corn as he swiped through his corn field.  When it was extremely dry, the movement of the combines would create a cloud of dust in the fields that would roll across the roads.  Reminding us that no matter how intriguing the process looked from a distance – it all added up to a lot of hard work and patience.

And for the folks that harvest shrimp along the Gulf Coast, the same is true.  The equipment for harvesting may be different; but the task is still laborious.  Setting their sights on bringing in a large harvest of shrimp, many of these men and women will spend days out in the Gulf patiently waiting for the right spot to drop their nets.   

You and I may not be driving a combine through rows of corn or dropping nets in the midst of the Gulf of Mexico; however, we may be in a time of harvest – a time of reaping what we have sown.  If that is true, I’m not sure what that will look like for you.  
But, I do know that depending on what you have sown, you will surely reap a predictable harvest in the future.

Yes, it is true – you will reap not just any harvest but a predictable harvest.  Whether it be good or bad; joy or sorrow; plenteous or want; health or sickness; love or hate; forgiveness or unforgiveness; life or death - your harvest depends on you and what you have sown in the past.

The major question is when will the harvest come?  Just like the farmers in the Midwest or the shrimpers along the Gulf Coast a harvest often requires patience.  Sometimes, we may see immediate results of what we have sown; but more than likely it will take time to see the end results from the seeds we have sown.  It is during this time of waiting that most of us grow weary.  For the most part, we are all in a hurry to see the fruit of our labor.

Often, we wonder why it takes so long to see some of the best things returned to those that have sown good seeds – a kind word or deed, a loving child, a faithful spouse, a trustworthy friend, some extra cash at the right time, peaceful surroundings or an answer to a prayer.

For others, this time of waiting can be scary because they know sooner or later what they have sown is going to catch up with them.  I knew a person who had abused her body by smoking cigarettes from the time she was a teenager.  This person once told me, “I know that I am going to pay for this someday; but in the meantime, I am going to have one more cigarette.” Unfortunately, she continued to smoke up to the day that she died of lung cancer.  You may not be abusing your body; but you may be withholding forgiveness, love or a smile.  

Remember…what you sow, sooner or later you will reap.

What kind of seeds are you sowing?  Do you know that it is inevitable that someday, you are going to reap a predictable harvest?

Steps to a predictable harvest in the future:

  1. Just like there are laws of gravity and physics, there is a law of sowing and reaping. 
  2. Sow seeds of kindness, honesty, unity, peace, patience, joy, love, justice and mercy.
  3. Realize that you may not always see immediate results in the sowing and reaping process.
  4. Remember, it is never too late to remove destructive seeds in your life; however, there may be consequences that you will have to live with. 
  5. Keep on sowing good seeds.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Where do you go from here?

by Nelson Roth
God is a future thinker.  He knows all that you will ever experience, and He knew in advance where you would be right now.  Your recent experiences and transformation have future purposes!

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What might be His future purposes for you because of what you've been through?

How could He use what you have experienced for His glory?

How could your transformation and change impact others for the Kingdom?

When you began your journey, God knew the other side of where you were at that time.  He has brought you through and all of your transformation and rebuilding is not an end - it's a means to the end.  God's not finished, He has a future plan!

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

So, where do you go from here?

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