Category Archives: God

Practical Steps to Grow Faith


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Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Decide, Commit, Succeed!

Please comment and share any practical steps to grow faith.

 

 

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Effort: Get Focused!


Are you focused and prepared to receive success?  During a recent conversation with a coaching client we talked about taking a more focused effort in taking small and deliberate steps daily to accumulate success daily.  I recommended to my client to make a decision to commit to success.  I shared what has been a huge benefit for me.  I read the Book of Proverbs from the Bible daily as a habit that has been paramount in my daily success.  My New International Version Leadership Bible says, “Proverbs is an extremely practical and specific book that challenges us to pursue wisdom in each area of everyday life.  This is the book of the Bible you want to read when you want to get in line with God’s common-sense directives and divine will.”  The leadership principle is that God offers wisdom to those who seek it through diligent prayer and disciplined effort.

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The first through seven verses of Proverbs speak about decision making and how it works.  Verse seven says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”  In our world today, we have so many distractions that it is really easy to not make the best decision that is aligned with our purpose.  Making the right decisions can be tricky.  We must always aim to make the best decision and have faith, it is the best decision for God’s desired outcome.

I also suggested reading Proverbs Chapter 31 which speaks about how self discipline works.  Chapter 31 verses ten through thirty-one demonstrates this through the “wife of noble character.”  The talking points support the wisdom of self-discipline and leadership.

Proverbs is an excellent book to read when seeking instruction to add value to personal lives and the lives of others.  The book of Proverbs is perfect because it has 31 chapters for daily reading and reflection.  You simply read one chapter a day and reflect and have a conversation with God about becoming better aligned with His purpose to reveal the will for our lives.   Adding this as a daily routine will definitely lead to becoming better than the day before and being prepared to receive success.

In an attempt to build confidence I asked my client for a blessing.  It is a privilege and an honor to let others be a blessing towards you.  After reading Proverbs Chapters 1 and 31, we discussed the need to become better focused.  My client also remembered his pastor telling him to read 1& 2 Samuel of the Bible about “Getting Focused.”  This is the blessing I received from the conversation.

Here are the five points I listed and am committed to better focusing on:

Get Focused!

  1. Peers
  2. Relationship/Marriage
  3. Life
  4. Flesh
  5. Family

What a blessing!  To carry out my God given mission adding positive value to the lives of others, I have to become more focused.  Deciding to commit to our success we have to become more focused in taking small daily steps which will lead to improvement in any area of your life.

Who doesn’t need to get better at focusing, prioritizing and preparing for the future?


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To fully receive the benefit from a blessing one must be able to be focused in effort, action, and faith to fully receive the benefits from a blessing.  We must get focused, take a look at each encounter as an opportunity to make ourselves better.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

Please leave a comment.  How do you prepare for success?

Mission & Vision: Together a Strategic Partnership to Improved Performance


Adding Positive ValueI am in a constant process of becoming. While I am at the feet of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I will lean on His understanding and not my own. I meditate often on how I may be able to be better prepared for the obstacles the crafty devil creates for me to get off track. I will continue to correct and keep moving forward. The Holy Spirit will keep me from being distracted.  My mission: Add Positive Value to the Lives of Others.

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I have asked God to show me what is keeping me from accomplishing my God given mission in life. It is me, myself, and I.  It begins with the battle in my head and sharing my vision with the wrong people.

A personal vision should not be shared with everyone only after identifying the people that can benefit from mission.  A definition of vision is: something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially: a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation.  Sharing your vision with the wrong people is a waste of time.  The purpose of a vision statement is to communicate the purpose and values of organization.

We are to share our mission with others first and then the vision of the relationship.  Here is a definition of mission: a pre-established and often self-imposed objective or purpose.  After identifying the mission, then one is able to prepare and share their vision statement only with the right people.  This helps to set identify the goals of relationship to accomplish the mission.    Sharing your mission should be public knowledge because this helps accomplish the mission.  Share your vision with the right people.

Make sure your team is clear about your mission or they can unintentionally sabotage your efforts!  My personal mission since 2005 is to: Add Positive Value to the Lives of Others.

I have been shown that the devil uses the people closest to us sometimes to get us off track and waste our precious energy in the wrong places.  I rather add positive value to the lives of others than waste my energy with the wrong people.  I remember my grandmother saying, “Only fools argue.” The devil uses some people to get you to defend your mission and the reasons for doing your God given tasks. It is a waste of energy. When God is with you who can be against you!

Of course people won’t understand all of your actions and they shouldn’t.  Unless a person humbles themselves to ask, “How do your actions fit in with your overall mission?”  They need not know.  Let them speculate and stay in the bleachers watching you live your life and carrying out your God given mission.  You can tell them if you want, “You will see,” or “Only time will tell.”

Some people only want to see what they want to see and hear from their own mental model, not through someone else’s eyes and experiences with life.  As an example, if I am in one building looking out of a window viewing east and there is another person in another building facing west, we will see things differently.  This is a fact—no need to argue—we are in two different buildings set to see a different view.  A personal vision received and acknowledge is not a competition with others.  It is created by and given by God to whom He chooses.  God created us differently with different gifts and visions to serve Him, not worldly things and not to argue over what is seen.

I will not waste my God’s precious time and energy on people not willing to humble themselves to ask a very simple question, “What do you see or how does this action fit into your overall life’s mission or purpose?” It is not worth it!

The devil uses people who want to protect a position. God has a purpose for us all.  Using a ladder and it’s rungs as an example, the bottom rung on a ladder has a definite purpose.  The bottom rung is to assist a person on their journey to reach higher heights.  As God allows me to reach higher rungs on the ladder I will applaud people who will take the first step to go higher and become what God calls them to be.  It is not for me to determine.  Through the lenses of my personal mission: The bottom rung on the ladder is adding value to the success of others reaching higher heights.  This is success! Someone else will view this differently.

I live by faith and not by sight.  I live in the creative world where this is abundance not by competing with others. Thank you Father God. I know you have plans for me that I don’t know about.  I am preparing daily for each and every encounter to have experiences to reflect on how I can become a little better than the day before.  I am in the process of becoming better at identifying the people God wants me to help and spend my time with.

I Add Positive Value to the Lives of Others.

I am praying this verse everyday…

1 Chronicles 4:9-10. 9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

How do you plan to accomplish your mission?

You Know What Makes Me Happy?


Has anyone ever said this to you? How do you respond? Most of us say, “Yes, I know what makes you happy,” just out of courtesy.  No, I don’t know. In my honest opinion, more than likely the person asking you doesn’t have a clue either. It is OK, because, most don’t know what they don’t like until they see what they don’t like.
But asking the question is the start to finding out what actually does make you happy. The good thing about asking a question is that it gives our brain a directive to search for happiness. And knowing what makes you happy is good thing and a great motivator. Not knowing what makes a person happy can cause some serious pain, including injury and damage that will cause long term pain.

 

You know what makes me happy? My choice to be happy. This helps focus the process of finding happiness in most circumstances.

You know what makes me happy? Being able to wake up each day and serve the needs of others with a happy heart.

You know what makes me happy? My personal relationship with God gives me happiness, through the teachings of Jesus Christ. This relationship gives me the opportunity to reflect and be grateful for my freedom to choose to be happy.

What makes me happy? My wife’s happiness, while serving others is really what makes me happy.

My mission in life, that I was called and chosen to do is to Add Positive Value to the lives of others. This brings me joy and happiness.

 

What Makes You Happy?

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

The 5th Step to Improving Performance: Evaluation


When called on to improve performance by a friend, family member, community or organization to help solve a problem or improve systems management, there are steps to be followed: (1) Analysis, (2) Design, (3) Connecting the Design to Development, and (4) Implementation. This is the fifth installment of a five part series for Improving Performance.  After a thorough review of gathered data we are able to move on to Evaluating the desired outcome of the performance improvement plan, to add positive value while meeting expectations or goals of the organization. This installment completes the steps I go through when called on as a consultant to improve performance. These steps are useful for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Organizations.

The 5th Step to Improving Performance

Evaluation begins from day one to assess the performer’s or organization’s current knowledge based on the standards that have been pre-determine; this helps determine where to focus to begin the process of learning.

Have you ever asked for directions and the person starts rattling off directions without knowing where you are?  What happens?  It leads to frustration and confusion for everyone involved.  After clearly understanding and identifying the current position we now can move on to the next step: Evaluation.

Listing activities will produce the learned and desired behavior—in our case—improved performance.  Evaluations are an ongoing process and not just for after the event is over or finished.  It begins and continues throughout all stages; from Analyzing, Designing, Developing, and Implementing.  The evaluation stage is also evaluated.  Evaluation is a multi-layered process to ensure the content used to improve performance is measured against the evaluations needed to produce the desired outcomes and behaviors.

Here is an example of performance meeting evaluation measures:

Objective

Evaluation Task

Behavior 

Perform CPR on unresponsive person

Perform CPR correctly on unresponsive person

From this example of an objective matching performance, we can clearly identify and understand that if taught incorrectly, performing CPR incorrectly can cause harm.  Have you heard the saying “Practice makes perfect”?  This is not true! It should be, “Perfect Practice makes perfect.” Please understand no one is perfect; having a clear understanding of the desired outcome and matching the evaluation to the performance will encourage and improve performance.  Perfectionism is an enemy to everyone and is not healthy to try to achieve.

In the implementation phase, I shared two of the four levels of evaluation, (1) reaction and (2) learning.  The next two levels of evaluation take place after the training is over.  They are (3) Behavior and (4) Results.

The level three evaluations ask the most important question, “Did the training stick or how much of the training will the performer keep to improve desired performance?”  About 11-12% of training is evaluated for behavioral change; this means one out of 10 performance improvement plans are evaluated for effectiveness.  After training is over, there are two ways to measure effectiveness of training surveys and observations, which lead to half of an effective evaluation.  The other half is to make up from certain measurements of performance, the starting line verses the finish line.  When evaluating a performance improvement plan, measuring behavior against pre-training behavior shows how effective the training has been.  This is done by evaluation and identifying the impact areas of improved performance.

Level four evaluation is about results—bottom line, up front.  We all want results, the quicker, better, and least painful the better.  This is the most challenging part because maximum results differ between each individual performer, family, community or organization.  The results have to be clearly defined and agreed upon up front.

My really good friend called and asked for some advice the other day, after listening to the challenge being shared, I was asked, “What should I do?”  I answered with a possible outcome based on information presented.  The response is, “Well, what I mean is – here is the real problem.” Again, I share a possible solution, followed by the same response, “Well, this is the real problem.”

Desired results are solid while at the same time also being fluid, like water.  Water seeks the level of the person’s understanding, and when wanted results are a moving target it becomes more challenging to hit the target.  Only about three percent of training is evaluated for results because the numbers often times become inflated and it is costly to determine the “true results.”  The clearer the desired outcome of performance the clearer the bottom line of results.  It can be achieved and stated with integrity and honesty.

Learning to improve performance is similar to living and improving life.  We are all learning along the way preparing for someone to evaluate our performance.  Hopefully it will be based on agreed upon standards of performance, which measure the impact of where one started, against how one applied what was learned and how they finished.  Clear priorities with action steps toward the desired performance, make growing and improving performance less painful because there is a clear expectation of our performance.

Developing a Performance Improvement Plan is essential to increase and improve the desired goals and improved performance of individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

The 4th Step to Improving Performance: Implementation


When called on to improve performance by a friend, family member, or community organization to help solve a problem or improve systems management, there are steps to be followed: (1) Analysis, (2) Design, and (3) Connecting the Design to Development. This is the fourth installment of a five part series for Improving Performance.  After a thorough review of gathered data we are able to move on to implementing the performance improvement plan, to add positive value while meeting expectations or goals of the organization. Tomorrow’s installment will complete the steps I go through when called on as a consultant to improve performance. These steps are useful for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Organizations.

The 4th Step to Improving Performance

Implementation is takes place when the performers and organization connect and begin the process of moving toward the agreed upon desired outcome.  This stage of improving performance is the most identifiable for performers and organization to the instruction of design—Improving Performance.  Once the basics are covered, testing and correcting any found mistakes, the project is about 90% complete. We next move into the most time consuming part of the process—meeting the objectives and evaluating the tasks to deliver maximum performance.  This is where the uniqueness of the individual performers and organized systems differ.  A person who is committed to improving performance from a level of five may see a large percentage of increase to a new level of eight.  Another performer coming in on a level of 8, committing to getting closer to ten, may increase to a new level of nine.  Both improved performance, however going from average to above average is more noticeable in the short term than going from above average to stellar.  During the implementation stage, educating how to evaluate and measure the performance is required and must be understood in order to minimize frustrations and limit the question, “Why are we doing this again, and how is this going to improve performance?”

While there are actually four levels of evaluation, most times we are involved with one to two at the maximum.  In today’s market place, often times we are only subjected to one level of evaluation.  The first level of evaluation is reaction.  After attending a training session we are given a survey asking basic questions: Was time well spent?  Would you recommend this to someone else?  What did you like best?  What did you like least? Were objectives met?  Did you like the way the material was presented?  This is similar to being invited over for dinner and being asked afterwards, “How was dinner?”  It’s a loaded question heavily favored in the host’s best interests.  After eating and drinking, most people usually say it was nice and say more complimentary things—most of us where taught to be hospitable.  Once you get home and spend a few hours in the bathroom the gratification (reaction) wears off.  And your initial reaction to the host’s question, “How was dinner?” may change after you have had a chance to digest and evaluate the meal. In training sessions this is level one, the reaction survey.  It is often times referred to a smile sheet—gauging likes and dislikes of the content, presenter, and room; and according to ASTD (American Society for Training & Development), represents between 72 and 89 percent of how organizations evaluate training—based on reactions.

The level two evaluation, is the actual “learning” part of the training.  It is tied directly to the objectives and desired outcomes—the score card relating to the decision to commit to improving performance in the first place.  According to ASTD statistics, organizations are only evaluating at this most important level 29 to 32 percent of the time.  This shows that less than a quarter of all training is evaluated based on the relationship to objectives and desired outcomes.

Here is an example of an objective:  After training, a basketball referee (person, performer, organization) should be able to present three reasons why self-doubt takes away from achieving the best decision based on facts.

With this objective in mind, I would design a classroom scenario to evaluate the task verses the objective:  The performer (basketball referee) has just encountered a situation that needs a split second decision based on presented facts.  The referee has to make a case for not allowing self-doubt to enter his mind and hinder his ability to make a quality decision based on the presented facts.  It is important that you present at least three reasons why self-doubt will decrease the chances for making the best decision.

This example matches elements of the performer’s behavior, condition, and degree to the objective and the evaluation of the agreed upon desired outcome.

During implementation there will always be room for improvement of design because evaluating is and will be an ongoing process—life—which will have to be fitted to the individual needs of the performer’s and organization’s needs.  Having open and honest communication allows the Performance Improvement Plan and performer to mature and achieve maximum results. The design plan will always be under scrutiny and there will always be the need for constant evaluation to make sure the reaction to the training meets the desired performance of agreed upon objectives for both the performer and desired outcomes.

Developing a Performance Improvement Plan is essential to increase and improve the desired goals and improved performance of individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s final installment topic on improving performance: Evaluation.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

The 3rd Step to Improving Performance: Development


When called on to improve performance by a friend, family member, or community organization to help solve a problem or improve systems management, an initial analysis is conducted first followed by design. This is the third installment of a five part series for Improving Performance.  After a thorough review of gathered data and designing, we are able to move on to the next step of developing a performance improvement plan in order to add positive value to meet expectations or goals of the organization. Over the next few days, I will share with you the steps I go through when I am called on as a consultant to improve performance. These steps are useful for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Organizations.

The 3rd Step to Improving Performance

Development is the process in which the Design or “Blueprint” of the Performance Improvement Plan comes alive.  During the Design phase of improving performance, critical components must be in place to have an efficient and on-time development plan. First, I have to create a design that will keep attentive performers while giving specific direction, resulting in the ability to recall learned material and effectively apply what is learned.  The next critical component of design is the content—what is being learned; with three different levels of feedback so performers will move closer to the desired maximum performance. (This includes evaluations, to test performers for what was learned.)  The final part of this phase of Design, which will make the Development phase easier, is detailing how to transfer what is learned—I really want to make sure the performer will be able to identify and apply the learned material and use it appropriately at each needed opportunity.  These are the three components that will facilitate a successful transition onto the development phase.

The Development Phase, again, brings the “Blueprint” of design to the final stages.  The creation is gaining an identity and character, and becoming a tangible product in which others can see the vision of your creation coming to reality.  This is where the deliverables are seen; the manuals, videos, and/or web pages used to give the performer something to touch, see, and feel.  This is also where I am able to test and pilot before moving into the full implementation of the performance improvement plan.  With the current economics of today’s market place, I have to develop a performance improvement plan to meet my client’s most important goals—producing the desired outcome, while staying within the time and money budgets.  Before going into full production, I have to develop the deliverables as economically as possible, while still maintaining a high quality with less pain and more pleasure (time and resources).

You most likely have seen the testing of the development phase rolled out as a final product; most times in pilot groups or what is called “Train the Trainer Courses.”  For example, if you have ever watched a workout video, the participants you see working out behind the lead trainer are usually the test participants and performers. Consider this a real time, “Train the Trainer Course,” in which we are paying full price!  It is a really good investment that gives a huge return and lends to a high quality, credible product.  This testing will ensure we are ready to move into the next phase of implementation and catch and correct any bugs or oversights that may not have been considered.

Developing a Performance Improvement Plan is essential to increase and improve the desired goals and improved performance of individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s topic on improving performance: Implementation.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

The 1st Step to Improving Performance: Analysis


When called on to improve performance by a friend, family member, or community organization to help solve a problem or improve a situation, before I can do anything I have to ask a number of questions to identify where I may be able to add positive value.  Sometimes it is just a listening ear with an open heart; other times it is a serious need or situation where, “all hands on deck,” and more resources are required.  Over the next five days, I will share with you the steps I go through when I am called on as a consultant to improve performance. These five steps are useful for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Organizations.

The 1st Step to Improving Performance

Analysis is the first step to achieving improved performance.  We first have to always seek knowledge and come to an understanding, before any steps can be made.  By asking a few questions: Where are you now? How did you get here? How do we get this place of poor performance? And, what is your determined outcome?  This is the beginning of the process of improving performance.

There is a body of systems in place that serves the needs for us to stay alive.  Our body’s business is to keep us alive and thriving in optimum health.  The system of a community or business organization serves the needs of the business to stay alive and be profitable to serve the community, employees and shareholders.  We expect the system of the organizations to run smoothly.  The individual body, like the organization, sometimes gets out of sync requiring us to have our vital signs checked to determine what is wrong.  What is keeping our system from operating and performing at maximum efficiency? When our body of systems are not feeling well there are vital signs that need to be checked through a thorough analysis in order to identify the problem areas.

Like our body, the concerned business organization is similar to a sick patient going to the doctor’s office for help and treatment. As a patient, you are asked a few questions to gain an understanding of why you want help and what is wrong.  In the medical field, the assumption is that you want the problem to go away as quickly as possible.  You are asked, “What are your symptoms or chief complaints and how long have you been having these ill feelings?”  Next, we take vital signs to gain an understanding of the systems of the body and organization, listening to what they are saying.  We assess the blood pressure, temperature, pulse and breathing respiration’s.

Obtaining this information lends to what the possible problem could be and it gives me or the doctor a starting point of discussion toward recovery.

How can we get to where we want to go until we know where we are and where we want to be?

In the work place, serving as a consultant, gaining the vital signs of the organization is obtained through questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and formal discussions. This initial assessment allows me to ask questions about the desired performance and find out what barriers are keeping them from attaining the desired performance from the parts of the organization.  I have to discover, and then implement, based on discovery.  I then have to measure implementation efforts, and afterwards, evaluate and ensure that improving performance activities will produce future value for the desired performance and outcome.  After this research I am able to have a better understanding of where the organization is and how we can move forward to the next step of improving performance.

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s topic of improving performance: Designing.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

7 Ways to Have Fun and Joy in Your Life: No Currency Needed


In our over stimulated society many of us have said, “I am bored” or “There’s nothing to do around here.”  We have even called someone else boring.  How absurd! I know some of us have thought that money can solve our sickness of boredom as easily as a doctor can prescribe Paxil or some other psychosis medication to stop boredom.  I am here to share with you, that you really can have fun everyday of your life without spending any currency.  Here a 7 Ways to Have Fun and Joy in Your Life: No Currency Needed

  1. Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for men.”  Is it this simple?  Yes it is! I really enjoy bringing positive energy to people and encouraging them, because it is not about me it is about serving others at no cost.  Many years ago, I prayed a prayer asking God to use me a vessel to do His will.  So when I am awakened each day, He has given me the opportunity to do what I was called and chosen to do.  I will share an acronym here: LORD – Loving Others Requires Discipline and it begins with making a decision to love. It is a simple discipline that will bring major joy in your life and many others’ lives too.  Make a decision to live a life on your chosen playing field and have fun.  Bringing joy to others is fun and doesn’t cost a thing besides a decision.  How disciplined are you to have fun?
  2. Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  I try to gently remind people making a decision is half the battle; just like waking up each day and choosing to have fun or to be bored.  We have a choice to make and the decision is ours alone.  Do we eat of junk that is not good for us and expect to have good thoughts and actions?  No, we are what we eat, what goes in must come out.  Learn to make heart healthy choices. How can you improve your heart?  Learn to make soul healthy choices.  How can you improve your soul?  Your soul can be improved by learning to make mind healthy choices, which is paramount in our decisions to have fun and joy. How can you improve the thoughts of your mind? Making decisions to have fun and joy is easy and healthy.
  3. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will keep your paths straight.”  Remember the acronym Loving Others Requires Discipline? Change the, “L” here and put Leading Others Required Discipline.  How many times have you asked yourself, “Why?” An answer almost immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? We may not like the answer, yet we continue to answer the same question, “Why?” Because we want the truth but we don’t like the answer.  Our mind is so truth-seeking, yet we only want to hear what we want while trying not to listen to the actual truth we have been living.  I feel it’s because our daily actions are where our understanding comes from.  Ask this question instead, “How can I understand and learn from this situation so I may learn from it; so I may not repeat the same mistake again.” How can I have fun without spending money when I am self absorbed looking for others or things to give me fun and joy? Making a decision to have fun and joy is easy and exciting and it is free for us.
  4. Jeremiah 29:11, “For, I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Isn’t this great!? Remember, you are a special and uniquely created individual with good orderly designing to accomplish much in your lifetime.  It is in your planning so you can be prosperous, without harming you, along with hope and having a bright future.  How you choose to have fun is a choice that will have your God appear or disappear from your predestined plans.  Having fun and joy is easy, especially when you realize you have been given the right to be prosperous.  Learning how to have fun and joy helps bring you closer to your brighter hopes and future.
  5. Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.”  From whom did you learn to have fun and joy?  I remember growing up, I thought the church folk where all stuffy, no fun, judgmental people.  They did not have fun or joy or they wouldn’t have acted like they do.  As an adult Born Again Christian, this is far from the truth.  I can have fun, and have fun and joy in my life every day; because I have learned that not having fun changes my heart to unkindness and pride and leaves my soul uneasy and weary.  It is not a good feeling to have a tormented soul, especially if I was having fun that caused me to become harsh and arrogant.  So, I choose to have a gentle and humble heart. I know, sometimes I fall short on the gentle and humble heart part, as some may want me to be.  When I do, I then have to seek forgiveness to have peace and rest.  I have chosen to learn from ones that demonstrate having a gentle and humble heart with themselves and others too.  Having a gentle and humble heart can be learned and can be fun and joyous occasions when you are around people that are accepting of your gentleness and humbleness.  Giving of your heart is fun and easy and brings so much joy to your life—you will never be able to say “I’m bored.”
  6. Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Have you decided what you want? There are requirements of leading yourself and leading others.  Wanting to have fun and spend no money, leads to choices of fun that requires spending tons of money in the short-term to cause pleasure for a little while, causing anguish in the future.  Ask yourself, “For the type of fun I want to have, what is required of me and how will its actions cause me to treat myself and others in the long run?”  Having caring, joyous fun causes you to have mercy for others and to be humble with your directing of good order.  Having fun comes with a set of requirements that will set you free.
  7. Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Remember, we are responsible in leading ourselves. Make a heart healthy decision and the desires of your daily disciplines will take care of themselves over time.  Have you asked, “What are the desires of my heart?”  You have? Great! Have you asked, “How will I achieve the desires of my heart?”  Attaining the desires of your heart without asking for help is not fun or joyous. 

I will close with my current favorite quote from D.A. Carlson:

“We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

I hope these, “7 Ways to Have Fun and Joy in Your Life: No Currency Needed” will help you achieve more success in finding fun and joy in your life on a daily basis.  Remember, it doesn’t matter which steps we take as long as it gets us closer to where we want to go.    Decide. Commit. Succeed!

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