Meant for More

One of the greatest realizations you will ever have in life is knowing that you were meant for more.

We were not put on this earth just to take up space, work hard, retire, and then die. God has specifically shaped each of us to make a meaningful, unique contribution in this world.

There is more to life than this vicious cycle of failure and defeat. You were designed for something beyond the ordinary. You were made for victory, excellence, and abundance!

So if you sense that God-given yearning to do more, then it’s time to make your move.

Scripture Focus:

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2

Get Involved In Serving Others

The Bible says that Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. A sign of healthy spiritual growth is the desire to serve the Lord by serving others. True joy is found in serving others and being a blessing.

Since God has personally gifted each of us with a unique combination of passions, skills, and talents, we should prayerfully and purposefully watch throughout the day for opportunities to serve others and demonstrate the love of Christ.

So whether it’s volunteering to serve in your church or local community, I want to encourage you to use your unique God-given talents, live generously with everything you have, and put a smile on someone’s face today!

Scripture Focus:

”Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.”– 1 Peter 4:10 (CEV)

God Sees

When times get hard and problems seem insurmountable, it’s tempting to think that God is blind to all we’re facing.

But I want to remind you today that we serve a God who sees. He is an all-knowing, ever-present God who is constantly aware of every detail of our lives.

Not only is God aware, but He’s actively at work. He’s looking to strengthen those who trust Him with their whole hearts. A heart that is fully committed to Him will never go unnoticed.

Scripture Focus:

“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”– 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)

Emotional Stability

If there’s one thing that can lead you down the wrong path for your life, it’s following your emotions. Although emotions are a natural part of the human experience, we should not allow them to guide our decisions.

Emotions are like waves in the ocean—constantly changing. At any given time an ocean can encounter high tides, low tides, calmness, giant waves, and even the dreaded tsunamis. As believers, we must learn to develop emotional stability.

Emotional stability means that our faith is not based on our feelings. It means that we learn to withstand difficult situations, handle adversity, or opposition. Even though you cannot control the people or circumstances around you, you can control your responses to them.

This, in essence, is emotional stability.

Scripture Focus:

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”– Proverbs 16:32 (NKJV)

What Is Your Mindset?

Out of all the things you can do for your personal and professional success, choosing your mindset is by far the most important.

Mindset is everything when it comes to achieving success and overcoming the hurdles along the way. It does not matter how talented you are, how many people you know, or how much adversity you face. If you do not have the right mindset, you will not go very far. 

Your mind is like a canvas. Whatever you can imagine is painted on the canvas of your mind. Once you paint a picture in your mind, you start to believe those thoughts, speak those thoughts, act on those thoughts, and ultimately see the results of those thoughts—whether good or bad.

Every day, God gives you the opportunity to decide the mindset you will have, and how you will approach the world around you. When you choose the right mindset, you will be steered in the right direction.

Scripture Focus:

”Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Overcoming Obstacles

We all face obstacles in life. They may be related to our relationships, finances, health, job, or just the world around us. It can be something unexpected or something we knew was coming. No matter when or where they appear, you will almost certainly face obstacles at some point in your life.

The key to facing any obstacle is to remember that God is bigger than the obstacles you face. Therefore, you can take every concern to Him in prayer. The scripture says that we should not worry about anything, but rather pray about everything (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

When we worry, we are focusing more on the problem. But when we pray, we are focusing more on God, who is always the answer to every problem we face. Obstacles may be a present reality, but so is our God. Through Him, we are overcomers! 

Scripture Focus:

”For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”– 1 John 5:4 (NIV)

How do you see yourself?

So many people find themselves basing their self-worth on the opinions and labels of society. If only we could see ourselves as God sees us!

Our identity becomes shaken when we place it in the wrong things. But when our identity is found in a loving and perfect God, nothing can move us.

Because of God’s great love for you, your life has meaning and value. How do you determine the value of something? The value of a thing is determined by the price someone is willing to pay for it.

Jesus was willing to pay a high price for each of us, so that we can be saved and discover our worth and value. Today, I want to encourage you to see yourself the way God sees you, and embrace His love for you! 

Scripture Focus:

”Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” – Psalm 17:8 (NIV)

The Deciding Factor

When it comes to success, it is easy to believe that some people are just born with the ability and intelligence to thrive. However, more studies indicate that attitude is a better indicator of success than ability and IQ.

The deciding factor in your success may not be something you acquire, but rather something you adjust—like your attitude. How you handle set backs and challenges have a lot to do with how you think and believe.

We all know people who have excelled under the most difficult of circumstances. They are the ones who inspire us to overcome our limitations and succeed in the face of impossibilities.

Remember, it’s your attitude that determines your altitude.

Scripture Focus:

”I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” – Psalm 27:13 (NKJV)

It Will Work Out

Things may not always work out the way we originally thought or envisioned, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work out. In many cases, they work out better than expected.

Just because we thought things would happen one way doesn’t mean we should lose hope when we experience a different outcome. No matter what the enemy tries to do to break you down or weaken your faith, he still cannot stop God from working everything out for your good.

So don’t get discouraged if the results don’t immediately appear. Rest assured, God is up to something good in your life, even if you can’t see it right now. You don’t always have to know how it’s going to work out. Just trust and believe that it will.

Scripture  Focus:

”The LORD will work out his plans for my life…” – Psalm 138:8 (NLT)

Listen More, Talk Less

Would you consider yourself more of a talker or a listener? Most people tend to fall under the category of talking more than listening. Perhaps this might be the reason for much of the conflict in their personal and professional relationships.

Talking less and listening more is a hard adjustment to make because it requires patience, focus, and self-control. Think about it this way: If you wanted to learn how to skydive, would you listen carefully to your instructor? Of course you would. Why? Because your life depends on it.

In order to know where the ripcord is located, and when to pull it, it would be in your best interest to listen intently. Life and relationships work the same way. To overcome its challenges, we must learn to listen to God and follow His instructions. Why? Because your life depends on it.

Scripture Focus:

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19 (NIV)