What do I see in two different mirrors?

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Have you ever looked into a mirror and thought about how well you are doing in life? You reflect on your life and notice your chest goes out a bit and you can almost feel your hand moving to pat yourself on the back because of your accomplishments and successes.
It is in these moments when I recognize once again why I love the Bible so much. God’s Word helps me to see truth about myself, the world I live in, and about God, Himself. It becomes mirror number two.For example, in Deuteronomy, chapter 8, verses 11-18, it says:
Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth. But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”   NASB


             These verses speak so directly to the situation described with mirror #1      

              where God’s perspective is needed.

In fact, these verses point me to mirror #2 (the truth mirror) that helps me recognize that any successes I am enjoying are not due to my own efforts, but God’s.  Mirror #2 reflects an image of me in it, but God right behind me, lifting me up if you will.  That is what’s really going on in my world.Rather than the pride I’m demonstrating as I look at myself in mirror #1,  I find myself filled with humility and gratitude as I look at what is really happening in mirror #2.

Which mirror is before you?

 

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Successful people do what?

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Here is a  great Time Management tip from Brian Tracy in his book  --  The Way to Wealth - part 1:

"you will never get caught up....there will always be something to do.     Here's the rule;  the  only way that you can get control of your time and  your life is to STOP  DOING certain things. You cannot do more things. You can only discontinue activities of low value or no value.
Successful people do fewer  things than unsuccessful  people.. But they do 
the most  important things  and they do  them well.  They do them quickly  and efficiently and on schedule."

Would others come to you for this?

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On a recent business trip, I watched a series of movies about Ip Man.  He was a 
Chinese martial arts instructor.   You might have heard about one of his 
students, Bruce Lee.
In one scene that I watched,  Ip Man defeats a thug and after he does, several 
people who saw the fight approach Ip Man to ask him if they can be his students.
Later on my trip, I was driving and just enjoying my drive when I thought about 
Biblical models of the teacher and student relationship.
* there was Elisha following Elijah
* there was John the Baptist and his followers
* there was Jesus and his disciples
* in 1 Corinthians 1, a problem developed in the Corinthian church because the 
Christians there began emphasizing their loyalty to certain personalities, like 
Cephas , Apollos, and Paul, moreso, than a focus on Jesus Himself.  (this 
caution about treating preachers as celebrities is something we would be wise to 
heed today in light of the growing influence of megachurch pastors).

My point in all this is that a person will submit himself to another person to 
be taught by them only when they perceive there is more value to doing so, than 
not.

For example, a businessman would not, under normal circumstances  spend  $1000 
to make $1000, thus just breaking even.  However, he would spend $1000 to make 
$5000 ($4000 profit).

So, with that in mind, how influential are you to others?    Do others see in 
your life attractive character qualities, knowledge, and life, that would desire 
to be taught by you?

Paul, says in Ephesians 4, imitate me, as I seek to imitate Christ.  How 
satisfied or confident in your walk (understanding it is all by His grace)  that 
you would be able to make that statement to others?

If we are to take God's Word seriously about going out and making disciples  
(really followers of Jesus), let us ask for God's help and purpose to be more 
serious in walking in obedience and joy, and in the power of God.

 

Having a performance review with God

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Going into a performance review with God
For many of us, once a year, we will get called into the office of our boss and go through our annual review. Typically its meant to be an encouraging time with some
recommendations to help us improve. Goals might be set which will help measure our performance throughout the year. The goals are meant to give us direction and to stretch us– all good things.

In the same way, it is good to periodically take some time to pause and reflect on how we are progressing in our faith. One of the best ways to do this is to set aside some time to allow the Lord to search your heart and also find a passage in the Bible that gives guidance or direction for living life.

I’ve listed three such Bible passages that I’ve used before and would encourage you also to memorize and meditate on these. Ask God specific questions as you read and think through these verses, such as: “How am I currently doing in these areas?”, “How can I do better?” “How did I receive Christ”, “What was my heart and mind attitude when I received Christ?” and “How is my heart attitude toward Him now?”

Col 2:6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.

Deut. 10:12-13 What were God’s expectations of the Israelites in the Old Testament, but to fear Him, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve Him with all your
heart, and with all your soul and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees (which, by the way, would be for our own good)

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Enjoy this exercise and the opportunity you have to be in a loving relationship with
Almighty God!

ahh !–for a good night’s sleep

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John Jacob Astor–one of American’s first multi-millionaires said, –the man who makes it the habit of his life to go to bed at nine o’clock usually gets rich and is always reliable. Of course, going to bed doesn’t make him rich, I merely meant such a man will in all probability be up early in the morning, and do a big day’s work, so his weary bones put him to bed early. Rogues do their work at night. Honest men work by day. Its all a matter of habit and good habits in America make any man rich. Wealth is a result of habit.

(as told in Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret- by Pat Williams)

 

 

Brian Tracy- The Way to Wealth

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Whenever I read, I make a practice of note-taking. It could be a
motivating quote or a keen insight, but I will usually fill up 2-3 pages of notes.
With this book, I finished with about 20-25 pages. I speak in the past tense
because with a little over one chapter to go of copying my notes  onto my IPad, I ended up accidentally deleting the file-ugh.
Fortunately, my note taking had cemented many of Brian’s thoughts into my mind.
This book truly is a must read for anyone interested in business or one who has an
entrepreneurial spirit. There are nine chapters of very practical insights on
negotiating, selling, marketing, financial ratios, and improving productivity, and
more.
The information in this book should really be taught in our schools as it would raise
the productivity levels of our students, thereby affecting organizations and our
culture.
Get this book, enjoy the read and add to your business skills.