For the last few weeks we have been studying the book of Proverbs in a series we are calling “Livin’ Venti”. The Big idea is: in John 10:10, Jesus said that he came to give us life and life to the full, but the reality is for many of us our lives feel small, empty, and lacking. The GOOD NEWS is that because of Jesus, you and I do not have to wait until heaven to experience a good life, we can begin experiencing fulfillment, vibrancy, and fullness of life today! In fact for many us, the thing that may be standing in the way is foolishness and sin.
As we continue to evaluate our lives, 5 practical things we can all do to go Venti in our lives!
1. Get in God’s Word DAILY! If you are searching for God’s will, you first have to know God’s WORD! I am amazed at how many people claim to be “Christians”, but spend no time reading and applying God’s Word to their life. I am willing to bet the farm on this one – if you would begin reading scripture everyday your walk with God would look totally different than it did last year! If you want to make one change to your life, start here!
Pastor James MacDonald has some great free resources available on his BLOG if you are looking for some great tools!
2. Get Connected! You and I were not meant to do life alone! While your walk with Jesus is personal, you were never meant to do life alone! Imagine what your life could be like if you had people around you who cared enough about you to speak truth in your life, pray for you, encourage you, and walk the journey of life with you. The reality is you and I are as connected as we want to be! If you are looking to make significant, lasting change in your life, than you cannot go at it alone! Consider joining a Bible Study, a Small Group, or Serving on a team that will allow you to be connected and build relationships!
3. Start-Stop-Continue! Take some time to evaluate your life. Are there things you need to START doing? Are there things you need to STOP doing? Are there things you need to CONTINUE doing? I really enjoyed this BLOG POST from Scott Hodge. The reality is we all have thing we need to begin doing, things we need to stop doing, and things we need to continue doing. Maybe a better questions is, where will you be in 5-10 years if you make no changes or adjustments to your life?
4. Get a BUDGET! One of the most common thing people ask about is money and finances. If you would like to make positive changes to your finances I would highly recommend that you participate in the upcoming Financial Peace University at Meadowland Church. This could be the year you pay off some debt, get your fiances in order, and experience joy in the area of finances in your life!
5. Make a Plan, Work the Plan! I am not a planner naturally. I really have to work hard to make a plan and stick to it, but I have also learned that if something is not written down, in the calendar or Action Method, it will not get done! The difference between a New Years Resolution and a Goal is that the Goal has a plan!! If you really want to see results, you have to have some sort of plan. My friend of mine always says, ” A bad plan is better than no plan”!