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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Clarity...WEEK 2

ClarityWhat is true of You?

Finding and fulfilling your purpose is the greatest adventure you can have in this life. - Rick Joyner

WEEK 2

Some time ago, I went to my 20-year high school reunion.  I had not been to any of the previous reunions so this was the first time I saw most of the people I graduated with.  It was fun to see them and catch up.  But throughout the evening and afterward I had, at times overwhelmingly, a deep sadness. Twenty years after school, many were beaten down, lost, regretful, stressed, and in some way “failing”, and faking that everything was ok or even great.  Since then, I have not been able to stop reflecting on how many of us were not prepared to live in the world that they were going to encounter.  Many had a hope of what would happen in our lives, but failed relationships, regret over poor decisions, missed opportunities took their toll.  Feelings of hurt and disappointment seemed to rule the day; experiencing loss about what happened to our lives.  I am not sure how many would have said “God worked it out.”  What happened?
Winging it has a great cost – stress, depression, busy with no direction, regret, chaos, broken relationships – these are the result when we live life without context and clarity.

CONSIDER


Do you feel lost?

Do you feel like you should be further along in life?


Explain what your life feels like.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Clarity... What is True of You? Week 1

ClarityWhat is true of You?

Finding and fulfilling your purpose is the greatest adventure you can have in this life. - Rick Joyner

Coming to CLARITY is a process that begins with discovery. God created us – He is the author of the purpose of our lives. “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 hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26). We don’t create our purpose or vision for our lives; the implication of the verses above is that we discover it!



My intention with clarity is to offer a weekly signpost on our journey to discover our own purpose and vision. Use this process for yourself, your family, your business, or church. I suggest the following steps to help you on your journey:


  1. Pray! Ask, Seek, Find! Pray for humility, for an open heart, to hear clearly.
  2. Pray that God will bring others to you who can help you in this process. Gather a few people around you that you feel God will have speak into your life. Ideally, as we grow, there would be people (parents, teachers, coaches, friends, etc.) who would speak into our lives and tell us what they see. This is part of the way we come to know ourselves. You don’t want to go through this process alone.
  3. Record what you see and hear and are receiving through the process. Many times writing or typing it out helps to see it more clearly and helps to make it plain.


Spend about 15 minutes praying and reflecting on the information presented. It also may be beneficial to fast a day during the week and spend time seeking God. So let’s commit to begin, take some time to pray, fast, meditate, write, and find CLARITY for your life!



  WEEK 1

Winging it. This is the way many people manage their lives. How do I know which activities I should do or decisions I should make today? What are my priorities? For many, we tend to wing these decisions, expecting it all to work out, and then we wonder when it doesn’t. Without some plan and context to our lives, we will simply react to issues and problems as they come up. We may tend to use these areas of our life as a place of faith, saying that we trust God to work it out. Possibly we don’t know what else to do, so we say “God will work it out.” This is noble, yet it may not be faith, it might just be wishful thinking. What if God actually has a context and plan that you could come to know that would provide real faith, hope, and love in your life? A plan you could work with Him in daily life instead of guessing or wishing things will work out.

CONSIDER

Would you say you tend to “wing it”? If yes, what area(s)?

Do you really have faith that God will work it out or do you just hope He does because you don’t know what else to say or do? Could you have faith for God to actually show you His purpose for your life?