daily devotional

One Opportunity Away

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15,16 Yesterday, I discussed the importance of investing time in the future, even if you don’t have much energy. We have so much available to us, but we have to give ourselves the time and space to think about what’s possible. A single skill could double your income. You’re one trait away from getting married, or if you’re already married, you’re one trait away from saving your marriage or even having a flourishing relationship. Which trait is it? Thank you for asking! Your dream life is just one opportunity away from becoming a reality! Let me ask you a question — after sleeping and working for eight hours, how much time can you dedicate to searching for the opportunity to change your life? If you

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Invest What You Have

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5 Yesterday, I shared that your energy flows where you focus, and more importantly your energy grows when you focus on God! Today, you might say you don’t have much energy. The key is to invest what little energy you have, even if you don’t have much. It’s a fact that every farmer knows — don’t eat seed corn. Whenever a farmer harvests, most of it is sold or eaten, but a portion is always set aside. It’s for planting, for the harvest to come. Eating that will mean no more harvest and no more farm. We often associate seed planting with money. I’m not talking about money here, I’m talking about your most valuable resource, which is your time. Imagine that you have 24 hours a day. How much more time do

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Say Yes to What Really Matters

“Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.” – James 5:12 The first time Bill Gates met Warren Buffett, Bill Gates’ mother hosted the dinner and asked everyone to describe what they thought was the single greatest factor in their success throughout life. The answer Gates and Buffett gave was the same: “Focus.” Buffet shares and I paraphrase: The ability to focus is a lot more about saying no than it is about saying yes. In my view, focus is the ability to say no, no, no, so you can say yes to something that really matters to you!  It is our Christian duty to love our neighbor without limit, but love does not mean saying yes to everything. Some of you have said

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Where Your Focus Goes, Your Energy Flows

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6,7 Yesterday, I discussed how we can all change our mindsets towards  more positive ones! One of the many benefits of this is that God will continue to provide you with the right opportunities! It’s also important to realize that if you have a negative mindset, you shrink your life. Life can get smaller and smaller. The reason? Your life can get smaller, as a result of your focus! As someone who has spent a lot of time in the academic community, I have noticed that intelligent people in this area often face a dangerous situation, especially if they adopt a negative mindset. There’s a reason for that — because intelligent people are

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A Positive Mindset

“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.” – Ecclesiastes 3:12 Having a positive mindset will benefit you in so many ways. If you have a positive attitude, you will be able to take advantage of all kinds of opportunities that you didn’t  even know existed. As a result of these opportunities and the people connected to them, you’ll all of a sudden see solutions. You’ll also attract positive people into your life, and your life will be filled with solution-oriented people. If you’re full of Jesus, you’ll attract Jesus people into your life. It is also important to be aware of what happens when we adopt a negative mindset. You can suffer consequences if you always see the negative, focus on the dark side, engage in activities you know are bad for you, or connect to experiences

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Focus on These Things

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 Yesterday, I referenced the above scripture, Philippians 4:8. I learned from this scripture that if it’s true—and it is, it’s God’s word—that what you think about is a choice. Choosing doesn’t seem like a good option. It’s like me eating cheesecake — it’s a choice. It’s there — I think I have to eat it, right? But no, I have a choice. There is a choice to be made about what you think. Paul isn’t just saying whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable are the only things, but we get the vibe, don’t we? This list can be expanded as much as is needed. He’s saying do whatever inspires you

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Life-Giving Content

“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.” – Luke 11:24,25 As I discussed over the past few days, we can each practice the principles of pause, prayer, and giving thanks. Additionally, I envision you cherishing the peace that you cannot explain! The process of cleaning house and drawing closer to God gives you an opportunity to fill the extra bandwidth with life-giving content. When you create bandwidth, create open space, and then just sit around, it won’t take long before you start worrying again. The anger returns, and you feel sorry for yourself once again. Life must be infused into your new bandwidth.  Jesus shared a parable from Luke 11: An impure

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A Peace You Can’t Explain

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” – 2 Peter 1:2 In addition to the principles of pause, prayer, and giving thanks that I shared over the last few days, there is another resulting promise we can receive! Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Now, this is a huge change from being anxious. You will notice that once you take a moment to pause, pray, and give thanks to God, your pipeline of thoughts and your bandwidth just begins to open up. With all these free thoughts, all these great ideas, and all these positive emotions coming , you begin to attract positive people into your life. That’s great news. What does it mean to have God’s peace that transcends all understanding? You now have

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Thanksgiving Is Remembering

“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers” – Philemon 1:4 In the past two days, I have shared the simple practice of pause, pray, and give thanks! The Apostle Paul taught us in Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but always, in every situation, pray and petition to God with thanksgiving.” First, give yourself permission to pause and take a deep breath. When you practice this specifically in challenging circumstances, you will be able to change your focus from the circumstance to God. Then, as you pray, you entrust all matters to your very capable God! You should pray aloud whatever is on your heart, good, bad, or ugly. And last but not least, what does thanksgiving look like? In thanksgiving, we are grateful for what we have, and say it out loud with joy. Say it out loud so you can hear

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Then You Pray

“Then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.” – Job 33:26 Yesterday, I introduced the simple practice of: pause, pray, and give thanks! This is found in Philippians 4:6. The first instruction is to pause specifically in challenging circumstances. By taking a moment to pause, you will be able to change your focus to God and allow yourself to relax. It’s important to give yourself permission to pause and take a deep breath. Don’t look at the world and make it the focus of your attention. Today I focus on the next step, which is to pray! In your prayer, you present to God — “present your requests to God.” You pray and you say to God: Lord, I am entrusting this matter to your capable hands. Say out loud

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