June 1, 2010
READY8 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
AIM8 This time of year opens doors for many new beginnings; students are graduating from high school or college, couples are getting married, many people are looking to start new careers or beginning their military training. What new beginnings are happening in your life?
So many of us stay in the same places in our lives because they have become very comfortable places. We like the familiarity of our routines, paychecks, friends and living arrangements. However, God wants so much more for us! He really wants to provide us with a bright future and give us hope for an abundant life. Let’s face it; we are all cowards when we are standing at the starting line of a new endeavor. It’s taking that first uncertain step that will push us ahead to victory. Come on, what are you waiting for? No matter what new beginning you are facing, be it HUGE or small, let’s run this race together. With God as your coach pushing you along and your friends as your personal cheerleaders, you can’t help but win! I believe you can do anything you really want to do in life. All you have to do is dream it, accept it, and believe you can do it.
FIRE!8 Make a goal poster of the things you want to accomplish during your lifetime. Cut out pictures of your dream house, your ideal job, your favorite vacation spots or that outfit you really want. Add motivating words, such as “Just Do It”, or Bible verses, like “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13, to remind you that your goals are attainable. Put your poster in a place where you see it frequently to keep you encouraged and focused on moving forward.