There will come a time in your life when you realize you wished for a plan or a map to success. Your desire for success can be for a prosperous business, a healthy loving marriage and/or a successful Christian life. Success is the product of right actions and thoughts. However, I have found that there are actual steps we can take to put us on the right path for success. Follow along and allow your mind to uncover what you already know, and put some simple steps into action.
Find Your Own Path
Jesus Christ will give you meaning in life. You will belong to a family that encourages, supports and prays for you. So find your path to Christ. John 8:12 " Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Finding Christ on your path will give meaning, understanding of what God thinks about you and you will become whole. Without Christ a hole is left open in our souls. Christ fills all the holes in life and makes us new in Him.
Change can be scary. Change can exhilarating. Change can be good. How one reacts to change is dependent on their own soul beliefs. Decide to embrace thinking about change first. Think about what the change will look like. Try it on. Think about the way others willview you with this change. Think on the possibilities of good coming from the change. Get your mind to thinking first. All behaviors begin in the mind. Put your mind to work for the good of your soul.
If change is something you resist, then start small. Find a small area or thing or idea that would benefit you by changing. Try a small change.Seeing that you have success in the small change in life you will try to accept change in other areas of your life. You will soon realize that will putting your mind in gear and trying a new small change it will be easier the next time when change is needed.
Seek New Adventures
A great way to incorporate a life plan is to expand your horizons and seek new things to do. Going for a walk instead of sitting and watching television is great for opening up your mind to new changes. Find a nice lake and paddle in a boat to the other side. You will gain strength in doing something different. Seek new things to do. Try to paint a picture or write a poem. Cook dinner for your neighbor. Learn to seek new things to do that will open your mind to a bigger life plan.
Release the Past
Old hurts and hangups just slow us down. They are like having heavy baggage on your back where ever we walk. Give your hurts and hangups to God. This is a small change for you. Change your life plan by allowing Jesus to carry your burdens
Matthew 11: 28-30 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Yes, Jesus, gives us rest from our worries and burdens. Put change into action by giving Jesus your burdens. Release everyone from your judgments and criticisms. Set them free from owing you anything. It is so freeing to be free.
Pause and Reflect
Consider what Christ has done for you. Look back at all the ways he has helped you. Realize how he sent help to you through others, through answered prayers and strength. Pause and count your blessings. This will keep you humble and grateful for his workings in your life. Your life plan will be a success with pausing to reflect on the goodness of the Lord.
When you keep your heart open it means you are vulnerable. You are saying in some way to Jesus that you trust Him with your life plan. Hebrews 6:1 " Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God," Trusting Christ is staying open.
This action step in our life plan is one we fight. We tend to think that with Jesus, What a happy home! This is false teaching. It is good and uplifting, but it is false for reality. Jesus never said he would provide happiness. Happiness is a reaction to environment. But he did say he would give us JOY. That we can count on. Joy is from the strength of the Lord. Joy come from Christ. Colossians 1:11 " May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy," A life plan is successful when we have the JOY of the Lord as our strength.
To complete this action plan for your life plan study these verses:The fruit of the Holy Spirit Galatians 5"22-23
Your mind reads and studies as your soul to prays to God that your body will take the actions needed to walk out your life plan.
Debbie Kessler loves her husband, Wally Kessler. She is a southern girl who loves Jesus and loves building up people to do Good Works of Love.