BP:01 – Don’t be the lid on your own potential

potential

You have a potential that is God-given

  • The potential to be a great parent
  • The potential to succeed in your purpose
  • The potential to reach the outcomes in life that God desires you to reach
  • The potential to become the spouse you were meant to be
  • The potential to influence those closest to you for Jesus

Your potential was embedded your DNA before you were ever born. God formed you and made you.

Psalms 139:14-17 

14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. 

15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 

16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

God molded and shaped your life. He gifted you with the talents and resources to experience the potential He created you for.

With that being said…

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Don’t be the lid on your own potential.

Lead yourself towards the outcome God desires for your life. Why? Life is filled with countless things that act as lids to hold you back from the great things God wants to do in your life.

    • People will do their best to hold you back.

 

  • Situations try to bring you down.

 

 

  • Resources can seem to dry up at times.

 

 

With all the lids in life you are going to face, you don’t need to be the lid on your own potential! Many people become the number one lid on their own life holding back God’s best; and worst of all, they don’t even know it. I believe that lids appear in those areas where we refuse to grow. When God has pressed you to go forward, and led you to grow in a certain area, if you refuse to grow, a lid shows up.

3 Power Questions:

1. In what area do you most need to grow in order to reach your goals? 2. How are you planning to go forward in your potential in the coming weeks? 3. What is one small thing you can do today (just one) to grow where you need to most?

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, help me to stop doing anything that would knowingly or unknowingly harm Your potential in my life. Open my eyes to see the areas in which you most desire me to grow.

How To Matter More To Those You Love Most

How to matter

Do I matter? That’s a big question. The simple way to matter more to the ones you love most is to add value to their life by living in your God given strengths, gifts, and ability.

Do I matter?

You may have had a difficult time believing that you could accomplish anything good growing up. That used to be me. I believed that for the longest time. “Do I matter?” is a question that you need an answer for. It’s easy to believe the lie that you don’t matter. The truth is, you matter way more than you think. But here’s the deal, you are either going to believe you don’t have any good qualities, or you have to believe that God has gifted you with good qualities. There really is no in between.

When it comes to understanding who you are and your unique set of wiring, you need to realize that you are gifted to do something well. Many people shy away from thinking things like that, me included. To be honest, it’s really hard to write about.

It’s not prideful to feel like you are gifted to do something well. Being humble also doesn’t involve denying that you are good at anything. The simple truth is that you were born with a God given purpose. From the moment you came into this world, God had a unique plan for your life. There are those that reject this idea. The reason they reject it, I believe, is that they just haven’t found God’s plan for them yet.

You are gifted

You were given spiritual gifts to impact the world you live in. You were given a service gift to help the people around you. Finally, you have personality gifts that make you who you are. The thing is, the world is an interconnected place. Your life touches more people than you’ll ever realize. God designed it this way. If you are a Christian, then you probably already know that God considers you part of the body of Christ with a special role to play.

Your gifts, abilities, talents, the things you are good at, your personality, and even spiritual gifts are all meant to help you live in your purpose. Ultimately living in your purpose causes you to live your dream, because your dream and your purpose are connected.

So, what are you gifted to do? What is it that you are good at that makes a contribution to the people around you? Often we think highly of up front talent and ability. But I believe some of the most talented and powerful people are those that use their gifts and abilities in places that aren’t as open to the public view.

The book of Romans, in the Bible speaks about the gift of serving others. Have you ever been served by someone? Has anyone ever taken time out of their schedule to serve you in some way, not looking for recognition? Maybe you have this gift. Are you great at making other people feel better about themselves? Don’t discount a gift like that because it is vital. This same passage tells us about the gifts of being an encourager, and a generous person. Then it jumps to speaking about the gift of leadership, something very up front and public.

The bottom line is this…God has given you gifts to do certain things well. Those gifts are meant to help you live your purpose and fulfill your dream. Your personality is what makes you, you. It doesn’t need to change or be altered because it’s who you really are.

One important key to understanding your unique wiring is to find out what your gifts, talents, and strengths are. You are good at something; and the reason you’re good at it is that God created you to be good at it. To live in your dream, to reach it, to fulfill it is going to require some searching of who you really are. You are going to need to figure out what you are uniquely gifted to do. One of the easiest ways to begin this process is by taking a strengths test. The Gallup organization offers several different tests that can help you understand what your individual strengths are.

Sir William Osler who was one of the founding physicians of Johns Hopkins Hospital said.

“We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life”.

Your strengths, gifts, and abilities help you give something back to the world. It would seem that living your dream is all about you; but what you get from your dream is only part of the story. Your dream, when you live it, will touch the lives of those closest to you. In some cases, living in your dream will impact people around the world. “Do I matter?”…Yes you matter!

How to matter

One of the greatest fears you have to overcome in life is the fear of being good at nothing. Why? Because we want to count for something. People desire to be needed and to feel like their life is making a difference. The great lie is to believe that you don’t matter. In believing that lie you are discounting all the planning God has done for your life. To believe that you don’t matter is to look the grace of God in the face and turn away from it. The simple fact is, you do matter. If you want to better understand what your strengths, gifts, and abilities are, look at your life from the perspective of what you are able to do for others. In doing something for others, your life becomes more valuable because you are adding value to other people.

 

Thanks for reading my blog today! I really am so grateful for you…it’s my mission to help you find and live your dream. You can add value to someone else by sharing this post with them…why not do it now?

Have a great day!

 

How To Supercharge Your Dream With Passion

Passion

The difference between having a dream and reaching your dream is passion.

Passion may not solve all the problems there are in relation to making your dream come true. I know that passion alone may not make everything work. But passion is definitely the hot wire of your dream. Without it you can kiss your dream goodbye.

No one without passion will ever successfully get ahold of their dream. So here’s the question…What are you passionate about? There’s something that drives you. That’s what passion does for us. It drives us. Passion pushes you forward. It compels you. It propels you.

What is it that does that for you? When you figure it out, you’ve found your passion. Once you find your passion you are at a good starting place to begin chasing your dream.

Passion does several things for us:

  1. It keeps us awake at night.
  2. It keeps us motivated when we might otherwise give up.
  3. It keeps our thoughts filled with ideas and possibility.
  4. It keeps us excited about tomorrow.

You are going to need all of those things and more if you are going to see your dream come true. I know that is what you want. So passion has got to be discovered and stoked. It’s like a fire. You have to stir up your passion every once in awhile or it begins to die out.

Building my home taught me a lot about passion.

I remember several years ago when my wife and I were just about to start building our house. It was a crazy time. We had never built a house before; but we really wanted to have something to call our own. I remember sitting down on the couch with my dad and going over house plans. The excitement was a feeling I’ll never forget.

A few months after those initial meetings, my wife and I went to the bank and got started on our loan. To this day I can recall how I felt when they called me to say, “you’re approved!”. It was a great day. Not long after that the real need for passion came. See, we had been renting a house for over five years. To be able to start building and make the payments we needed to make, meant we had to move out of our rent house. So we did. My in laws were kind enough to let us stay with them for what was supposed to be about three months.

Three months eventually turned into nine months! Much longer than we had originally anticipated. During that nine months, the thing that kept us going was the dream of having our home. Passion made me want to pursue my dream.

I didn’t know how to contract the building of a home; but I learned because of passion. I really didn’t know the first thing about actually doing any of the work myself; But I did it. My dad purchased a hammer for me on my birthday; and I used that hammer daily for nine months. Passion kept me awake at night thinking of ways to accomplish tasks that I had never undertaken before. Passion motivated me to get up on days that I might otherwise had given up. Passion filled my mind with possibilities. Passion kept me excited about tomorrow.

What keeps you awake at night? Is there something that makes it hard for you to go to sleep? If there is, it just might be your passion. When I first began pastoring my church I couldn’t sleep. My mind was alive with ideas. How could I reach more people? What was the best way to speak? Did God want us to do this or that? I would lie awake for hours just thinking. When it became too much for me, I would get up and go into the living room and write. There were entire notebooks that eventually became filled with ideas that passion drove me to dream about.

You were wired by God with something to be passionate about. Your passion is connected to your purpose. Remember, God created you with a purpose. He has wired you to fulfill that purpose. The fact is, no one can live out the purpose you were created for except you. The amazing thing about it is that your purpose is the bucket that holds your dream. Your dream is an extension of your purpose. Maybe you’ve never taken the time to investigate it fully. Maybe for you, your passion is food, or sports, or playing an instrument. Your passion might be collecting something or learning a new skill. The thing is, passion is a major contributor to your dream. So lean in to your passions.

For the longest time, I had a dream of being a writer. But discouragement kept me back from it. Once I gave in to my passions and started to explore them, through this blog…I haven’t been able to stop. You’ll be the same way. Your passion will drive you.

The difference between having a dream and reaching your dream is passion.

If you want to flip the switch and activate your dream, you are going to have to find your passion. It’s there. If you know the purpose you were created for you are already a good way down the road to reaching your dream. But here’s the thing…Only you can really answer the question “what am I passionate about”.

Why not take the time to explore the things that could be the passion of your life? Those things might just propel you into living the life you have dreamed of living.

Answer these questions for yourself:

  1. What keeps you awake at night?
  2. Is there something that keeps you motivated when it would be easier to give up?
  3. Do you seem to be an idea person, always thinking of new ideas? Write down two of them.
  4. Are you excited when you think about the possibilities of your future? Write down what you think your future would look like if you had the chance to live out what you are passionate about.

There’s a dream inside you just waiting to be supercharged by your passion. Why not start living it today? I really hope you will!

Have a great day and remember to share this post with someone who needs it…they will appreciate the encouragement.

What Do You Want To Be Remembered For?

Dreams, Purpose, Potential

Someday your going to die. No one wants to think about it; but it’s true. We don’t live forever. If you have a dream this is one of the most important things for you to remember.

Chances are you’re worried about living out your dream. How is it going to feel one day when God answers your prayer? How’s it going to feel when your dream comes true? It’s going to be amazing. To live in your dream is one of the most satisfying things that can happen to you.

But to reach your dream requires you to understand your wiring. You’re wired to reach the potential that God has for your life. You’re wired to reach your dream. This question… “What do I want to be remembered for?” is the best place to start when it comes to accurately understanding what you’re wired to do.

If you have a dream, then you need a plan to reach it. Knowing, understanding, and following your unique wiring is where to start when it comes to living in your dream.

This Question Is A Compass for your dream

Many people will never think about this question; but that doesn’t change it’s impact on your life. Deep down we all have something that we hope our life leaves behind. We want our family to think back about us with honor. Wouldn’t it be one of the best things to know that your life changed the course and direction for the lives of the ones you love most? We want our family, friends, colleagues and coworkers to feel that we made a difference in their life. Everyone, including you, wants to know that your life matters.

Here’s the thing…Whether you aim to or not you are going to leave behind a legacy. You absolutely will be remembered for something! You will leave an inheritance to your family that’s much more valuable than money. You have this one life to build that inheritance. So this question of what you’re going to leave behind should be a question that directs your life.

It’s a compass. When you can’t seem to find your way, look to this question. If you don’t know what your true purpose in life is, let this question guide you. You may not understand what you’re dream is at the moment; but I bet you know deep down how you want to be remembered when you’re gone.

Your One Thing

Your dream is your one thing. It’s the title slide to a life filled with amazing content. The dream that compels you to go forward is worth understanding, it’s worth finding out. God has a plan and a purpose for you and knowing how you’re wired helps you achieve the one thing you were created for.

God wired you that way

I remember getting really discouraged a few years ago. It seemed like everything was going against my dream. Have you ever felt like your dream was slipping through your hands and you were powerless to stop it? Maybe for you it was a prayer that needed answering. Either way, sometimes you can allow yourself to get discouraged. There were some ideas that I had been thinking about implementing; but I just didn’t know if they would work. One morning as I prayed about all this, I felt the Lord speak  in my heart.

Here’s what I felt Him saying:

“These things are from Me. I place in your mind the ideas I desire. Don’t doubt my ideas. Lean in to the things I’ve wired you to do. Lean in to the call that I have placed on you and you’ll find the dream of your heart. My dream is being fulfilled in you. Follow the things that I place in your heart; and hold on to them. I have placed them there. Be encouraged, not discouraged.”

Then He said this:

“Is there any reason for you not to trust me?”

I couldn’t believe what I had heard inside. It strengthened and encouraged me so much. And since I was in a habit of typing out my prayers at that time, I typed down what I felt was God’s response to me. I still have it saved in my files and refer back to it when I feel unsure, or down.

You know what? You can trust God!

Here’s the point of that story…God didn’t just wire me to reach my dreams. He wired you too. Why is this so important? Because legacy, what people will remember about you when you are gone is like the hot wire in your life. Legacy literally powers your dream. Really your dream is simply the outworking, or the fleshing out of your internal wiring. When you know what you want to be remembered for after you are gone, it gives you motivation, direction, and a since of understanding about what you were put here to do. All of that helps you know if you have the right dream.

God wired you a certain way for a reason. That reason is simple. There are some things that you probably won’t be able to accomplish. Some people are born with the ability to sing. Others learn that ability. Usually the ones who are born with it are easy to distinguish from the ones that aren’t. In the end, you want to chase the right dream. You want to go after the right thing. To do that you need to be chasing the dream that God wired you catch.

I think you probably already know what you want to be remembered for. God plants destiny in our heart from the moment we are born. Looking back at my life I can see that even from a young age I had a desire to help people. Maybe I didn’t know how to put that desire into words. For sure I didn’t know that God would call me to be a pastor. But on some level I knew there was a purpose for my life.

Here’s why it’s important to understand your unique wiring…Because your wiring connects the switch to your dream. If you get cross-wired, or get things all mixed up, you’ll never reach the dream that you really want to reach. Knowing what you want to be remembered for is a big part of learning about your internal wiring.

I believe that you can be remembered as the person that lived his or her dream. You can make the impact God designed you to make. You can be happy, and satisfied with where your life ends up.

Here’s one thing you need to take the time to do:

Write down what you most want to be remembered for.

Actually write it down on paper. Do you want to be remembered as being loving or kind? Is it your dream to be remembered as a great leader or parent? Or do you simply want people to say that you really made a difference in their life? The key to hitting that goal and reaching that dream is to write it down.

 

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5 Secrets That Will Help You Reach Your Dream And Why You Should

If you’ve ever had a burning passion to do something with your life…You’ve had a dream. Maybe you have a secret wish to change something about your life. That’s a dream. Do you have an idea that will change someone’s life? If you do then you have a dream, and you can reach your dream.

Whether they recognize it or not, most people have a dream. It’s something that they want out of life. The bad thing about having a dream is that most people never reach them. You’ve probably seen someone you know spend their entire life wanting to launch out and do what it is they feel compelled to do; but they never got to it.

This post contains 5 secrets to reaching your dream; but before we get to those I have to admit that there’s one thing that’s a deal breaker for any dream. To reach your dream you must do this one thing first. What is it?

Commit.

You have to commit to your dream to reach your dream. It’s the real first step.

It seems like the word, commit, gets bad reviews. Maybe there’s a reason for that. Here’s what I think about it…

Everything and everyone wants a solid, strong commitment from you. They want it now. And their worthy cause is better than anyone else’s. Your time is stretched between family, church, work, school, career, activities and endless other possibilities. But here’s the deal…

It’s not possible to fully commit to everything.

By committing to everything, you are actually committing to nothing. You can’t do everything in life effectively at one time. There’s only so much of you to go around. And for sure…you’ll never reach your real dream by spreading pieces of yourself in all directions. To reach your dream is going to require commitment so be ready to give it.

Now…I promised you 5 secrets…and I’m just about to give them to you. Here’s the trick to them…They’re not just secrets to help you reach your dream. They’re actually secrets to help you commit to reaching your dream, because unless you do…it won’t happen for you. So here they are…

5 Secrets That Will Reach Your Dream Sooner Rather Than Later:

1.) Contribute to someone else’s dream.

There’s something you’ve always wanted to do. Until you can do it, you should help someone else do it. There’s nothing like pouring yourself into someone’s life for the sole purpose of helping them reach their dream.

You’ll never feel more important or make a greater impact than you will by helping someone else reach their dream. And here’s the deal…As you reach out to help someone else, I guarantee that in time, someone will reach out to help you with your dream.

This is a simple scriptural principle called sowing and reaping. You reap what you sow. So start sowing into someone’s life and help them toward something they can’t do on their own. Believe me, you’ll be rewarded and you’ll be planting seeds for your own help in the future.

2.) Keep working at it.

Ok…This may sound a little bit too simple…But the number one way to kill your dream is to quit. You’ll never reach it if you just give up.

If you aren’t committed enough to keep working at your dream, you won’t be committed enough to keep it if you get it.

Listen…It’s hard work to keep working at it. Sometimes it seems like you’ll never reach what you really want…But I can guarantee that you won’t reach it if you take yourself out of the game by quitting. But…If you won’t commit, you might as well quit.

3.) Expect setbacks…but expect to overcome them.

You have to remember this: If the dream you’re chasing is something you’re meant to do, you can overcome setbacks!

No one who ever reached a worthwhile dream did it without having a few setbacks.

Maybe your dream is to have a specific prayer answered. I know that’s been my dream at various stages in my life…And I saw plenty of setbacks before I reached the answer to my prayer. But the answer did come.

Your dream may be a new job, to have a family, to get a degree, or maybe you have the same dream that I do now…to be an author. Here’s what I know from experience…God has a way of pushing you past your setbacks when your eyes are focused in the right direction.

4.) Answer the question – “Why do I want it?”

Don’t miss this…it’s really important.

You need to understand and fully believe in the compelling reason behind your dream.

Having a strong “why” will keep you going in the tough times when it feels like nothing is happening. Having a strong “why” lends moral authority to you. You’re doing something for a higher purpose.

And the bottomline is this…If you don’t have a compelling enough reason to fully commit to your dream…you won’t.

5.) Keep your heart right.

Scripture says this:

Proverbs 4:23

23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Everything about your life stems from your heart. Your level of commitment is no exception. As a follower of Jesus Christ I believe that getting and keeping our heart right with God is the starting point of everything. Really it’s the secret to everything else in your life. When your heart is right with God…He will supply the strength to stay committed to your dream even when you don’t think you can.

Why should you commit to reach your dream?

Because in the end your dream is not just about you. It will inspire others too, and give you the insight to give encouragement to your friends, family, and those closest to you who need it most. Your dream is never just about you.

If you’ll put these five secrets to work in your life, in no time at all you’ll be seeing results in reaching your dream. It starts and flourishes when you have commitment.

Faith Building Challenge

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