Prioritize Your Life for SuccessWritten by Jan Wallen
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The Christian knows to place his priorities in order of God, spouse, family, job and then finally hobbies. Yet human nature guides him down road that lays waste to any priority he may set for himself while in church on Sunday mornings. Most of other religions of world teach these same principles as well, and still people of all faiths stumble down this same road without fail.
Priorities, like God, require a commitment in our lives. We must commit ourselves to establishing our priorities and then to meeting them one at a time. God, of course, should be number one commitment you make to yourself. As through God, you will find strength and fortitude to establish and meet each of your other priorities in life; priorities of spouse, family, and job, each in their proper order.
Romans 12:2 NIV Do not conform any longer to pattern of this world, but be transformed by renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
It is not enough to sit in church on Sunday mornings and pledge to make God priority in your life. You must go to further extreme. You must make a commitment in your life to make God number one priority in your life. And then you must follow through on that commitment. Then and only then, will you find abilities within yourself to reach beyond what you ever thought you were capable of doing, to commit yourself to setting priorities in your life, even outside of work place, and to follow commitment to your priorities with fulfillment of your goals.
If you do not have God in your life, I encourage you to meet Him so that you to may experience joy and fulfillment of renewing of your mind, as so many of us have experienced. If God is only in your life on Sunday mornings, I encourage you to reach into your heart, past lip service that you are offering, and finally make commitment to put God as top priority in your life.
In conclusion, I applaud each of you who make commitment to manage your time and priorities in work place. It is my hope that this article has opened your eyes to part of your life that is bigger than work, 33% of your life that is spent doing non-work related activities. Spend them well.
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Your Endless Journey to More Abundant LifeWritten by Andrei Yashurin
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People from this category are more interested in their own personal development rather than certainty. They act like true scientists, who are always willing to challenge their current knowledge of reality in order to gain more accurate knowledge. They like questions, because every question gives them an opportunity to rise higher in their understanding. They boldly face difficulties, because they are sure that life's problems make them stronger, wiser and more loving.
If we are looking for continuous personal development, let us be prepared to live in an uncertainty of new questions and new challenges. And if an outside world seems to be slow in bringing us new challenges, let us challenge ourselves!
Personally, I tend to be an "investigator". When I hear a statement that Christians should believe, or behave in such and such way, my first silent question is, "Really? Are there any other options?" My intention is not to be skeptical (as a matter of fact, skepticism often reminds me a religion), but to be flexible in mind. I donít want to be settled with a number of cliches. I donít want others to steal my joy of discovery, and I donít try to steal it from others.
I think that Bible encourages, and not discourages seekers and investigators. "Seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7), said Jesus. However, what so many people fail to understand is that process of seeking and finding is meant to be eternal. Our spiritual unfoldment is meant to be eternal. My opinion is that we cannot stop our search on "getting converted", finding "the true church" or "the true doctrine". God, Reality of Being is infinitely higher than any church, any dogma or any person, even most enlightened one.
I have a lifelong love affair with Reality of Being.
Andrei Yashurin is a non-denominational minister, author, translator and an Internet publisher from Russia. His ministry in 2 languages reaches more than 3,000 people every month. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.your-time-now.com