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Sunday Inspiration: It’s Yours, If You Fight For It

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. I hope these posts from various resources will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to paNASH’s weekly original career posts. Enjoy!

God told Joshua, “You will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Joshua 1:11).

As far as God was concerned, the promised land already belonged to His people. But when He told them to “take possession,” that meant they would have to fight for it. There were thirty-one kings living there—warlords,  each with their own tribal armies. There were seven major cities to conquer, and giants to overcome.

So here are the questions:

  1. Do you believe God has given you the gifting, talents, resources, and strength to fulfill your destiny?
  2. Are you willing to fight for it?

You won’t win in your own strength, but the good news is, you don’t have to. God said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you” (Joshua 1:9 NIV).

Whatever God calls you to do, He will give you the skills and ability to do, but you must work to develop that ability.

Sometimes He will answer your prayer immediately and give you what you’re asking for.

Other times, the onus is on you to pursue what He promised—and that calls for passion, patience, and persistence.

Has it occurred to you that you may be waiting for God to bring you something, and He’s waiting for you to go and get it?

He doesn’t respond to our wishes, or even to our pleading; He responds to faith-in-action! So the word for you today is—it’s yours, if you’re willing to fight for it!

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/its-yours-if-you-fight-for-it

Sunday Inspiration: Use Your Talents

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. I hope these posts from various resources will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to paNASH’s weekly original career posts. Enjoy!

“Do not neglect the gift that is in you.” 1Ti 4:14 RSV

Luigi Tarisio was born in Italy in 1796. A collector of violins, he took great pride in scouting out rare finds, and purchasing only instruments of the finest quality.

No one really knew about Tarisio’s passion, however, until after he died. It was while his estate was being appraised that some 246 valuable violins were discovered in his attic! One of the most expensive, hidden in the drawer of an old dresser, was a Stradivarius he’d purchased from someone who had also bought it solely as a collector’s item.

Commenting on the matter, Dr. W. Y. Fullerton, the gifted Baptist preacher, noted that in preserving the instrument Tarisio “had robbed the world of all that music.” And others before him had done the same. In fact, by the time the greatest Stradivarius in his collection was finally played, 147 years had elapsed!

One psychologist said,

“Don’t die with your music still inside you…Don’t get to the end of your life and say, ‘What if my whole life has been wrong?’”

God gave you gifts and He expects you to use them. If you wait until you can do it perfectly, you’ll never do it at all.

Jesus said: “You are the world’s seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world? And you yourselves will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see” (Mt 5:13-14 TLB).

Understand this: God will hold you accountable for discovering your talents, developing them to the fullest, and using them to glorify Him and bless others.

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/use-your-talents

Sunday Inspiration: Realistic Goal-Setting

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. I hope these posts from various resources will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to paNASH’s weekly original career posts. Enjoy!

In the previous installment of Sunday Inspiration, I talked about the importance of having goals.

If you didn’t get a chance to receive a free copy of my 8-Step Goal-Achievement Plan, you still have time by subscribing to my newsletter.

Now it’s time to look at how to set goals with some realistic goal-setting methods straight from the Bible.

Realistic goal-setting

“Write down the revelation and make it plain.” Hab 2:2 NIV

Put your goals in writing

God told the prophet Habakkuk, “Write down the revelation and make it plain…so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time…Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (vv. 2-3 NIV).

Note the word “delay,” because it’s not one we particularly like. God can give you a vision overnight, but usually it won’t be fulfilled overnight. You’ll face disappointments, discouragements, and delays.

Because your vision always costs more than you estimated, and takes longer than you planned, it can become “blurred” by your circumstances and emotions. That’s why it’s so important to write it down and keep it in front of you!

Keep the vision alive

Why did God tell Abraham that his children would be as numerous as the stars in heaven? Because stars are something you can physically look at and count.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish [languish and waste away]” (Pr 29:18). The word “perish” suggests something that’s slowly decaying, and that’s what happens when you don’t keep your God-given vision in front of you.

If you’ve dreamed of losing weight, post a picture that inspires you on your refrigerator. If you dream of one day owning your own home, stick a picture of it on your bulletin board. And if your goal is to give a certain amount to God’s work, write a check for that amount and place it where you’ll see it every day.

With a clear-cut written goal, you’ll always know where you are and remember what God has called you to do.

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/how-to-set-your-goals-6

Sunday Inspiration: Press On Toward Your Goals

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. I hope these posts from various resources will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to paNASH’s weekly original career posts. Enjoy!

At the start of 2020, I struggled to come up with as many goals as I usually do at the beginning of each new year. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps it’s because I’ve accomplished several of my goals over the past four or five years. Or perhaps it’s because God knew the events of 2020 would prevent me from accomplishing some new ones. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.

I just turned 47 a couple of weeks ago, but I still have a lot left to accomplish in my life. So I’m taking time at the start of this new year to re-think and revise my goals with the hopes of having at least a few new ones.

Not having a lot of goals to work toward, especially because of COVID, has left me unmotivated. This is not a good feeling, and it’s not a habit I want to slip into.

This post below is a good reminder that I don’t have to put pressure on myself to have a lot of goals. It’s okay to have just a few, but I still need to have some goals to be productive and to serve others.

The same is true for you! Your 2020 goals may have been thwarted by COVID, but you can still press on toward them in this new year. It may require some creativity or tweaking, but don’t stop working toward your list of goals.

I’m going to continue following my own advice and take myself through some goal-setting exercises. I invite you to do the same.

I can’t wait to see what goals God puts on my heart and how He’s going to work through them!

Have you clearly established your goals for your life

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me.” Php 3:14 NIV

In 1972, Life magazine published a story about the amazing adventures of John Goddard. When he was fifteen, his grandmother said,

“If only I had done that when I was young.”

Determined not to make that statement at the end of his life, John wrote out 127 goals. He named ten rivers he wanted to explore and seventeen mountains he wanted to climb. He set goals of becoming an Eagle Scout, a world traveler, and a pilot.

Also on his list was riding a horse in the Rose Bowl parade, diving in a submarine, retracing the travels of Marco Polo, reading the Bible from cover to cover, and reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He also planned to read the entire works of Shakespeare, Plato, Dickens, Socrates, Aristotle, and several other classic authors.

He desired to learn to play the flute and violin, marry, have children (he had five), pursue a career in medicine, and serve as a missionary for his church.

Sound impossible? At age forty-seven [the age I am now], he had accomplished 103 of his 127 goals!

Now, your list of goals may not be as extensive as his, but if you don’t have some goals for your life you’ll have little motivation to get up in the morning and little satisfaction when you put your head on your pillow each night.

And unless you try something beyond what you’ve already mastered, you won’t grow. So set your goals in prayer, and with God’s help work toward them each day.

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/have-clearly-established-goals-for-your-life

Sunday Inspiration: You Can Start Again

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. I hope these posts from various resources will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to paNASH’s weekly original career posts. Enjoy!

No doubt 2020 has been a tough year. So much has been lost, including life and livelihoods. If you feel beaten down by the past year, there is hope. You can start again despite what’s been lost.

Below is a reminder of what starting again can look like. I hope you find it encouraging as we close out one of the worst years in our lifetimes, and start a new and hopefully better one.

You can start again

“Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”  Pr 24:16 NIV

On the night of December 9, 1914, Edison Industries was destroyed by fire. The loss exceeded two million dollars, along with the majority of Thomas Edison’s work. He was insured only for $238 because the buildings were constructed of concrete, which was thought to make a building fireproof.

At sixty-seven years of age, the great inventor watched his life’s work go up in flames. The next morning after firefighters had finally brought the inferno under control, he surveyed his charred dreams and crushed hopes.

As he looked at the scene, he said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.”

Three weeks after the fire, Edison produced one of his greatest inventions: the first phonograph. Try to imagine the world of music and entertainment without it!

The Bible says, “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”

With God on your side you can begin again because the power to do it resides within you. It’s the same power that raised Christ from the dead (See Ro 8:11).

Paul prayed for believers at Ephesus: “That out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph 3:16 NIV).

Where is your strength? “In your inner being.”

He continues: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph 3:20 NIV).

So the word for you today is—you can start again.

I’m starting again

In August I took a break from posting these bi-weekly Sunday Inspirations. But now I’m starting again! I hope you’ll check in every couple of weeks for a word of encouragement.

Here’s wishing you a happier new year!

Source: https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/you-can-start-again-3