February 3, 2017

In reflecting upon the process of determining who you are really, there are many dots on the page of what is. If you take the time to connect these dots it will help you see a more clear picture of yourself.

There are many different personality tests, temperament tests, spiritual gift tests, emotional IQ tests and the list can go on that may provide insight and help in aligning the dots to create your unique picture. It takes some degree of initiative and effort on your part to bring the picture into being. A collection of dots by themselves will not do it.

Why would you want to go through the process of dot connection? Well, it just might help you understand there is a Designer and Creator who has a plan and a purpose for you and your life. Connecting the dots may also help you realize the Creator has provided exactly what you need to accomplish your purpose.

Even what seems like decisions which you made and labelled as “screw ups” are not necessarily what you have called them to be, if you are willing to learn and benefit from them.

Moses was born into a Jewish family at a time when being a Jewish baby boy meant certain death. God spared his life and he was raised in the Egyptian Pharaoh’s household. He was given the best of educational training and viewed himself as someone called to lead the Jewish people out of Egyptian slavery. In an attempt to do what he felt called to do, in defending another Jewish person, he ended up running for his life and tending sheep in the desert for 40 years. In such a situation most people would have given up on their destiny and calling, but God did not give up on Moses. God’s plan was not ruined nor Moses’s destiny destroyed just because Moses believed he had messed up. Moses did in fact fulfil his destiny and the people were set free from slavery. You can read about this journey of a great leader in the second book of the Bible, the Book of Exodus.

What was true for Moses is true for you as well. God is not finished with you, whatever your situation may be, if you will trust and follow His leading. Do you believe it? Will you say YES to a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ and follow Him?

Joint the dots and discover who you are and what you can do through Him.

February 2, 2017

Let me ask you, how important is it to get to know a person if you are wanting to develop a relationship with that individual? What are some things you really should find out in the process of getting to know them?

Joel Bauer suggests some things you might want to consider. Write down your answers on white paper with blue inn to all these questions.

1. What do you admire about the person?
2. What is it about their personality you love?
3. What is it about their accomplishments you love?
4. How would you describe them to someone else to get that person excited about them?
5. What is it you wish you had, they have?
6. What is it you love about them?
7. How have they positively impacted your life and the life of others?

Having considered these questions, is this person someone you would like to have a lasting relationship with? You might even want to ask theses questions about yourself and see if there are areas you might want to consider improving.

The good news is, no matter who you are right now, God loves you and wants to establish a relationship with you through His Son, Jesus Christ. He knows you. God spoke to Jeremiah and said to Him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

A good exercise might be to answer the 7 questions above in relation to Jesus. When you really know the answers, you will discover the value and benefits to such a relationship. Long lasting relationships take time and effort. Remember this one has the potential for time and eternity. You really do not want to miss out, do you?