Monday, September 22, 2014

90 Day Focus

I first heard about the idea of “Focus” from Jeff Henderson, when he introduced me to the “90 Day Focus” from Tommy Newberry and “The 1% Club.” I believe focus is such a big idea in life…daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually.

To focus means to…concentrate, to focus one’s thoughts on a central point, to have a point of concentration. Synonyms are: bull’s eye, center, core or target.  So the question is, what will you focus or concentrate on today, this week, this month, and this quarter?

The following are some questions that can help you focus on, “The Big Five” or the things that really matter in your LIFE, MARRIAGE, FAMILY, WORK AND CHURCH.

What would make the next 90 days excellent in these areas?

1. LIFE: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

A.   Heart (Spiritually) – In what ways do you hope to grow in your “Intimacy with God & Jesus” this quarter?

B.    Soul (Emotionally) - What will you do to assure you live full of love, joy, peace and free from anger, guilt, jealousy and other?

C.    Mind (Mentally) - What will you do to renew and sharpen your mind daily?

D.   Strength (Physically) - What are your plans to care for your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit?
2. MARRIAGE: Love your wife as Christ loves the Church

A.   What will you do to make sure your spouse knows he/she is the #1 relationship on the planet?

B.    How will you grow as ONE in your spirits, souls and bodies?

C.    What are your financial plans to:

1)    Give generously
2)    Save appropriately,
3)    Invest proportionately and
4)    Spend moderately?

3. FAMILY: Raise a godly generation in your children and grandchildren

A.   What “etched memories” are planned for this next quarter?

B.    What truths or life principles will you teach and model this year for your children?

C.    In what ways will you honor your father, your mother and other family members?

4. WORK: Whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord

A.   In what ways will you honor and serve those in authority over you?

B.    What are the top 3 things you would like to see in the next 90 days?

C.    Where should you take the low place and trust God for His appointments and exaltation in His time?

5. CHURCH: Participate with Christ as He builds His Church

A.   Where will you enjoy community with insiders?

B.    Who will you invest and invite in the next 90 days?

C.    Where will you strategically serve in the church this year?
Hope these questions stimulate good thinking, conversations and plans.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Apostles Creed

As I was copying 1 Peter 1. 3-4 this morning, some words from the Apostles Creed came into my mind. I use to recite this every Sunday at the American Church in London, when we lived there from 1965-1972.

These words and truths are such a great summary of the Christian faith. Recite this and see how these truths will change your thinking, lift your heart and refocus your attention. Enjoy.

1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:

5. The third day he rose again from the dead:

6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:

8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:

9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:

10. The forgiveness of sins:

1l. The resurrection of the body:

12. And the life everlasting. Amen.