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Sunday Inspiration: Have You Had a Wake-Up Call in Your Life?

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

by Matthew Kelly

Do you like your life? It’s one of those sort of basic questions we don’t really think about that often. It’s an easy question never to think about. Very often I think we’re sort of just sleepwalking through life. We’re not aware of the incredible people, experiences, opportunities that we’re constantly facing, one after another.

One of the things the Gospel does is, it’s constantly waking us up. Constantly trying to wake us up, constantly trying to put things in perspective. And as we awaken, we become more and more grateful. And one of the ways to measure how awake we are is, how grateful are we? Because when we’re aware, when we’re awake, we tend to be more grateful. But the question “Do you like your life?” is one worth thinking about, because it does wake us up. It does heighten our awareness pretty quickly.

If you don’t like your life, what don’t you like about it? And what are you gonna do about it? And can you do it on your own, or do you need the help of other people in your community? Can you do it on your own, or do you need the help, cooperation, collaboration of people in your family?

And can you do it on your own? The answer, of course, is no, because all is grace. Everything comes down to grace. And so we can’t do it on our own because we need God. We might need other people in our community, we might need other people in our family, but we definitely need God. We need God’s grace. We need God’s fuel. We need God’s cooperation, collaboration, direction, coaching, encouragement. We need God.

So, do you like your life? If you don’t like your life, what are you going to do about it? Jesus said, “I’ve come so you might have life to the fullest.” He wants you to have that kind of life. If you don’t have that kind of life, it’s time to sit down with Jesus and have a chat.

by Lauren Fedders

Before [my current job], I worked for a publicly traded company with a popular brand and product. I worked really hard at that job, and I loved the people there, so when there were rumors there might be layoffs in my department, I was really worried. When I did get laid off, I was surprised to find that I wasn’t disappointed, heartbroken, or panicked like I really thought I would feel. In fact, I left feeling pretty excited and energized.

If getting laid off from your job and feeling relieved about that, or excited about that, isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t really know what is. I took time to reflect and I came to realize that, at that job, I was just going through the motions and I was sleepwalking through my day, my week, and my year. I took time to travel, and to pray, and I was really intentional about where I decided to work next.

My wake-up call led me to a career that challenges me and allows me to work for a place where I’m truly passionate about what I’m doing. So, when have you had a wake-up call on your life?

Source: Best Lent Ever, A Wake-Up Call

Sunday Inspiration: Success Requires Hard Work and Integrity

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.” Pr 12:11 NLT

In The Finishing Touch, author Chuck Swindoll tells about a man he met who made a great impression on him: “With a grin and a twinkle, he whipped out his hand. It was a hand you could strike a match on, toughened by decades of rugged toil. ‘You look like a man who enjoys life. What do you do for a living?’ I asked.

‘Me? Well, I’m a farmer from back in the Midwest.’

Swindoll asked him, ‘What did you do last week?’

He said, ‘Last week I finished harvesting ninety thousand bushels of corn.’

I then blurted out, ‘Ninety thousand! How old are you, my friend?’

He didn’t seem at all hesitant or embarrassed by my question. ‘I’m just a couple of months shy of ninety.’

He laughed again as I shook my head.

He had lived through four wars, the Great Depression, sixteen presidents, ninety Midwest winters, who knows how many personal hardships, and he was still taking life by the throat.

I had to ask him the secret of his long and productive life.

‘Hard work and integrity’ was his quick reply.

As we parted company he looked back over his shoulder and added, ‘Don’t take it easy, young feller. Stay at it!’

Hard work and integrity! Those two qualities go together, and are the essence of a life well-lived. And when you practice them faithfully, you experience the highest level of joy and fulfillment in life.”

The Bible puts it this way: “A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.”

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/hard-work-and-integrity

When I read this, it made me think of my grandfather who worked his farm up until two weeks before he died at age 95.

It also made me think of my clients who come to me with a desire for a more fulfilling life and career.

They want to know if they have what it takes to start their own businesses. They want to know if it’s too late in life to do so. They want to know if their idea is a viable career option or if it’s just a “fantasy.”

First, it’s never too late to start something. Colonel Sanders was around 60 years old when he started KFC. Prior to then he’d had multiple career failures in other jobs and ventures, and his Original Recipe was rejected 1,009 times before it was accepted.

Second, sometimes things are just fantasy, but you have to do the research first to find out or not. Otherwise, you’ll live life always wondering, “What if?” There are ways to test the viability of an idea and that’s something I teach my clients how to do.

Finally, if you have a viable idea, then yes, you have what it takes to be successful if you work hard and do so with integrity!

Lori

Sunday Inspiration: It’s Time to Move On!

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Let us go on…and become mature in our understanding.” Heb 6:1 NLT

Is what worked in the past not working for you now?

Maybe it’s a job you’ve outgrown, or a relationship you need to reexamine, or a method you need to change.

Regardless of what it is, don’t become so settled that you can’t let go and move on when you need to.

They say the hermit crab looks for a shell that fits him, and lives there until he outgrows it. At that point he has to scurry along the ocean floor and find a bigger one—a process that repeats itself throughout his entire life.

So here’s the question: Are you clinging to something that no longer fits you just because it’s easy and familiar?

David said,

“You…freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress” (Ps 4:1 AMPC).

You must be willing to move out of your comfort zone and deal with a little “distress.” That’s what makes you grow.

Patience and persistence are admirable qualities, but they don’t work in situations you’ve outgrown.

Instead of “hanging in” and trying harder, at certain points in life you have to stop and ask yourself,

“Is this situation good for me?”

If you’re not sure, ask God for “an understanding heart so that [you] can…know the difference between right and wrong” (1Ki 3:9 NLT).

And when He tells you what to do—do it—even though at first it won’t feel comfortable.

When God says it’s time to move on, it’s because there’s another shell out there designed to fit you even better.

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/its-time-to-move-on

Sunday Inspiration: Position Yourself to Receive

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“The wise listen to others.”   Pr 12:15 NLT

Positioning yourself to receive—makes all the difference!

For example, as you read this, if you position yourself to receive by saying to the Lord, “I will take action on what You show me,” you’ll benefit more than if you read it just to be motivated or inspired.

To resist or to receive—that’s a choice you make every day.

Nothing dies quicker than a new idea in a closed mind. It’s impossible to learn, if you think you already know it all.

One of the reasons Jesus reacted so strongly to the Pharisees was because they refused to receive what He had to say.

A wrongly positioned mind is like a microscope that magnifies trifling things but can’t receive great ones.

Every situation, properly viewed, is an opportunity. But opportunities can only “drop into your lap” if you position your lap where opportunities drop.

When you don’t position yourself to receive, it’s like asking for a bushel while you’re holding a cup.

Too often our minds are locked on one track. We’re looking for red so we overlook blue; we’re thinking “tomorrow” and God is saying “now.” We’re looking everywhere, and the answer is right under our nose.

When a person is positioned correctly, he or she is ready to receive all God has for them.

The Bible often uses the word simple. The original term means “thick, dull, and sluggish,” and it describes those who are insensitive and unreceptive to the thoughts of others.

God will speak to you through people, but unless you listen you won’t hear what He has to say. So today position yourself to receive.

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/position-yourself-to-receive

Sunday Inspiration: Get Out of the Box

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

He brought me…into a large place…me, because he delighted in me.” Ps 18:19

A respected counselor says:

“First you crawled; then you learned to walk and the world grew bigger. Then you rode a bike…drove a car…bought a plane ticket. Suddenly the horizons were limitless. Then doubts crept in: I can’t (you fill in the blank)…and your world shrinks a little. I shouldn’t take that trip…I’ll never find my way around…I’ve too many responsibilities. And it shrinks a little more…[until] you’re sitting in a little box with the lid tightly affixed. No experiences, no lessons, no life. Boxes can be comfortable…but no matter how cozy you make it, it’s still a box. They come in all shapes and sizes. When we let unrealistic fears hold us back we can be fairly certain we’re climbing inside another box…and sooner or later we’ll run into the walls. Find one small I can’t in your life, and take the lid off the box…try for a minor impossibility…apply for that dream job…start pursuing your vision…Poke the top off your box. Stick your head out and look around. Find a fear and turn it into a ladder. Get out of the box of doubt and insecurity and into the freedom of courage and belief.”

If you let it, fear will cause your imagination to run riot. But “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power…love and of a sound mind” (2Ti 1:7 NKJV).

A sound mind restores your perspective and helps you see things from God’s viewpoint, where all things are possible. Today He wants to give you the courage to climb out of the box and bring you “into a large place,” because He “delights” in you.

Source:  https://lacykitkat.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/get-out-of-the-box/