3 #TimeManagement #Motivators

Time has always fascinated me. No human can live free of its clutches. Time is constant and rapid. Our life is but a minute dot on its expanse. God, existing outside of time, gives us time, not for us to serve it, but for it to serve us. King Solomon exclaimed, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Time matters. Since we are only on Earth for a speck of the timeline, let’s manage our time wisely and make our minutes count. Here are three considerations to motivate you in managing your time:

clock pic

1. Realize life is short.

We all have heard this from those who have lived life longer than we have, but we ignore it until we wake up one day and realize how much time we’ve lost. The second hand is ticking as you read this. God gives us time to steward. This line from a Psalm depicts this truth so eloquently: “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). We need to realize every hour, minute, and second is precious. Because my life on Earth is finite, I put more thought now into my time with people and what I do during the day. I give time with God my first priority. Like the Psalmist continues to passionately express, our time on earth is short; be wise and realize… “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:10, 12, NIV).

2. Invest your time in what you value.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to hear musicians perform live, watching a movie, or reading a book. As my passion for a decade has been to be a blogger to have a platform to encourage people in tangible ways, I often was thinking of blogging while I “enjoyed” these products of writing. The very craft I consumed was the craft I wanted to produce. I found myself frustrated, not enjoying these passions in my life. Why? I was not spending my time doing what I value. I value being an impacting writer, but I was not investing my time into this craft. Paul explains this frustration of unmatched time and values: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). As you see, I am now using my time to do what I value; being a blogger. Therefore, I am producing tangible results from the time I am investing in that value.

3.  Your vision schedules your time today.

The vision statement for your life guides the way you use your time today, and the way you use your time today determines the stories you tell tomorrow. Without vision, we will wander. King Solomon states this more eloquently: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). I have invested time with God to pray and listen for His vision for my life to glorify Him. I have invested time with a life coach to help me write my vision statement. Now I know the vision for my life. I schedule time every week to write. This allotment of time is in red in my calendar. I’ve learned that it is not effective to schedule “writing” in my weekly calendar and ignore it. I guard that allotment of time now. I write. I’m a blogger. My vision schedules my time.

These truths have motivated the way I manage my time. What considerations have helped you manage your time? What do you want to do differently? Share with us what spurs you on to manage your time.

Please leave a comment and continue the conversation.

 

Donate Now

(tax deductible)

Originally posted 2017-09-11 01:00:14.

How may we #pray for you?

We’re so thankful for all of you who pray for us, read our blogs and touch our lives. We pray for you as well, but we would like to be able to pray for more specific things in your life. Please send us an email or comment on this post with anything that we can be praying for. We believe in the power of prayer!

The DFW Nav20s launched on November 2014 and  has grown to over 90 young professionals who are equipped to live and to disciple among the lost “right where they live, work, and play”.

Here are two powerful truths that we memorize in the topical memory system about prayer:

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In our daily quiet times this week, let’s hide these two powerful truths in our hearts, believing that God can do more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We look forward to hearing from you about how we may be praying for you in Jesus name.

(tax deductible)

Originally posted 2016-05-30 07:00:45.

Two Breakthroughs To CHRISTmas YOUR Personal Ministry

How the birth of Jesus mobilizes your personal ministry year around.

What’s one of your favorite Christmas memories?  Please comment below.  Every year as a child we

Here is the Christmas card we sent to a few family and friends. I think now you can see why.

were at Grandma and Grandpa’s house full of cousins, aunts and uncles and fun times.  There were no white Christmases, only blue, just because Grandma always played the Elvis Christmas vinyl record on the stereo that was larger than the largest clothes chest you’ve ever seen.  Every year Grandma inevitably  runs out of film for the Polaroid camera (I’m ancient or my Grandma was a hipster).   She stands next to Grandpa and yells “Will you go to the store and get some film?” Grandpa, hard of hearing, always responds with “What did you say?”  Grandma repeats louder.  Grandpa leaves and inevitably, would ALWAYS miss the excitement of bells thumping against the porch followed by a “HO HO HO” and Santa Claus, HIMSELF came to OUR Christmas Eve!  I noticed always wore shoes JUST like my Grandpa!  The excitement faded out and I always would find myself looking at the manger scene to the side of the excitement. This scene imparts two breakthroughs in my life and my personal ministry:

  1. God mobilized His personal ministry be becoming among us. In fact, on earth, as Jesus, He received a name that describes his personal ministry to you: “Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, And they will call him, Emmanuel.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭CEB‬‬). Emmanuel means “God with us.”  What love! God went through extreme measure to be with you.  He expresses His love for people He calls out by proclaiming “I am with you”.  God expressed  this to Abraham and Isaiah when He called them into their personal ministry.  Jesus expressed this to you as His disciples the day He commissioned you in your personal ministry: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NASB). This is why we are passionate in Mobilize Ministries to intentionally meet or “be with” people we know in in everyday life replicating the life of Jesus: “The twelve were with Him,” (Luke 8:1)
  2. God mobilized His personal ministry becoming a baby, the utmost form of vulnerability and weakness.  He was enthroned in Heaven with all praise directed toward Him and incomprehensible power that made heaven, earth and YOU at His fingertips.  Existence does not get any more comfortable than this.  Yet, God mobilized His personal ministry by subjecting Himself to be what humans view as the weakest, a baby. Wrapped in the weakness of my Cerebral Palsy and old orthopedic metal legged braces, this scene gave me comfort.  God became weak to start His journey to the cross, where yet He’d become weak and vulnerable again: “For He was indeed crucified in weakness”. (2 Corinthians 13:4).
Experience newness is what God has already given you.  You have your life.  Deep, huh?  You have people in your life. Please continue the conversation below about specific ways you can Christmas your personal ministry everyday of the year.

Donate Now

YOU’re NEW monthly pledge or year end gift can help Mobilize Ministries, 501(c)3 hit the above goal

(tax deductible)

Originally posted 2017-12-20 15:45:07.

Thankfulness, A Secret To Breakthrough

What is God's will for your life?

In my two decades of ministry, I have had the most conversations in response to individuals asking “What is God’s will for my life?”  I love to write for, converse and pray with hungry hearts for God seeking Him for the answer to this godly question.   In fact, the very important mission of my ministry, mobilizing each person in his or her personal ministry, can serve as an answer to this common question.  I want to directly share with you as we are approaching Thanksgiving an answer to that question.

God’s Word breathes confidence into you revealing the secret to His will for your life.  The breakthrough is who your identity is found, Christ Jesus: “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Let’s enter into the holidays this Thanksgiving, giving thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  A thankful heart prepares the way to walk confidently in God’s good, pleasing and perfect will for YOUR life!

Today, write a short thank you note to Jesus.  Feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

Thank you for mobilizing personal ministries with us!

Originally posted 2017-11-22 16:22:46.