Little by Little!

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Many of us want to increase ‘much by much’ but for the majority of us, this isn’t the reality of how we grow. Most of us experience increase in life one increment at a time. It’s the day in and day out of pursuing the basics that brings ultimate increase and fruitfulness to our lives. Little by little may not be sexy but it works. As the old adage says, “you eat an elephant one bite at a time.” Break your big goals down into small steps and tackle them little by little. Whether it be a financial goal, like purchasing your first house or a fitness goal, like running a marathon, you have to begin with the end in mind and then work backwards, tackling your goal, little by little. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish by doing little by little, day in and day out. You will build momentum and what may seem slow at the start will eventually become an avalanche. Don’t be hasty and don’t be impatient. Focus your energy on building your life little by little!

The Compass of Life!

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I look at my life through the metaphor of a compass.

In the centre of the compass is God. My relationship with him is the epi-centre of my life. God impacts my identity, character, ministry, finances, relationships, activities and everything in between. God is on the throne of my heart because out of my heart flow the springs of life.

True North on my compass is my Family. My family is always in my focus. Everything I am and do impacts on my family and I want to protect the integrity of my relationships with my closest loved ones. If it doesn’t work first at home, it simply doesn’t work.

East is my Health and Fitness. Apart from time, my health and well being is the most precious commodity I have. If my health goes, everything goes with it. Nutrition, Sleep and Training make up the core ingredients of this pillar.

South is my Ministry. From preaching to writing to studying a masters degree and mentoring others, my working life is super busy but I love the opportunity to be used by God to change someone’s life through my gifts.

East is Finance. This has come into greater focus for me the older I get. What you do with your money can make or break you in more ways than one. I think God cares more about this than many of us care to acknowledge. From savings to giving to investments to expenses, this is a must in my compass.

Does the compass metaphor work for you and if it does what would you include as your north, south, east and west?

We are in a War!

Ephesians 6:12 “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

I’ve been quite unwell the last 10 days and as I dragged myself from the bed this morning to go one of my scorching runs to revive my body (I think I might have killed it instead), I was reminded once again, that every day of our lives, on this planet, we are in a war.

Just stop and think about the resistance you feel, even at this present moment, towards yourself or against something you are working towards. Satan, sin and death has been conquered by Jesus death and resurrection but the mark of fallenness permeates every aspect of this world and relentlessly wars against us.

  1. We are in a war against sin – Our flesh doesn’t do what we want it to do and rather does what we don’t want it to do because of our brokenness.
  2. We are in a war for our health – Sickness and disease attacks our bodies constantly and trying to maintain a healthy body is like facing a UFC fighter in the octagon.
  3. We are in a war for our minds – The battlefield is often won or lost in the mind. There are so many distracting ideas competing for our attention, that we are so easily misled. We need a constant renewal of our thinking to conform to God’s thoughts and ways.
  4. We are in a war for people’s souls – The stakes are huge. People’s lives hang in the balance. Preacher, you aren’t just a communicator, you are a weapon in the hands of God, finely tuned to make war with your words. Load your cannons and fire!
  5. We are in a war for truth – Never, and I mean never, has there ever been a time, where God’s truth is under attack as it is today, both inside and outside the church. “Preach the word, in season and out of season, for the day is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but will heap up for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” (2 Tim 4:2-3)
I want to encourage you to ‘lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet’. (Hebrews 12:12) I know you may feel like, no one cares, and that life is just too hard but you have not been left to fight this battle by yourself. Jesus said, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)
God has not left you defenseless but in fact, has made available for you weapons of warfare, that are not carnal but are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. If you have downed your tools, then pick them back up again, compose yourself and run back into the fray of the front line of whatever it is God has called you to do.

Grace!