Stewardship Challenge 2016
Personal Development –Part 1
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “Personal Development? Some think we are always called to be Christ-centered-not self-centered. And, that is true, while we are supposed to be Christ-Centered, we can also be taught to develop ourselves.
Christ-centered motivational self-development teaching is all about creating new wineskins that are able to carry new wine. Mark 2:22
Motivational and “self-development” teaching in its purest form is all about renewing your mind and training yourself to become the warrior that you were born to be.
Every time I travel on a plane, I hear the same instruction about the oxygen mask, “Fix your own mask first and then attend to others”. Good advice as we need to get our own life secured and on the right track to reach our highest potential. We will then be better equipped to support the lives of others.
The key issue is heart motives! Whatever we do in life should be motivated by the right heart motives. Let’s look at three main motives:
Self-centered- your only interest would be to create value for yourself.
Others-centered- your genuine focus us to bring value to the lives of others.
God-centered- your motive for what you do is to please God, and often this is combined with being others-centered.
So the bottom line is that it has to do with your heart motive. Several years ago, I designed my stationary like this.
Having this in place in our lives always brings us JOY!!
It’s about finding the seed of your destiny that God put in your heart and then watering this seed.
1. It is about taking responsibility for the free will that God has given you and using that free will to be your best for the benefit of others around you.
2. It is all about learning to really make a difference in the lives of others. This includes learning to really put God and others first in your mind and heart.
3. It is about creating a positive mindset that will be able to contain the blessings of God. This is how you learn to walk in abundance and success.
4. It is about learning to focus on positive faith building thoughts that will attract blessings. A positive mindset has room for blessings while a negative mindset is not able to receive good things.
This means that as long as your mindset is negative, you will be missing out on a lot of what God really wants to give you.
We will continue to look at Personal Development for the next three weeks.
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