Things don’t always go our way. In fact, the bulk of life that slams into us on a daily basis has no regard for our plans. The people we encounter are usually bent on perfecting their agenda at our expense. Great intentions are often discarded before the first two items are checked off the list. Know that feeling?
So how do we convert all of the opposition we face into powerful opportunities to live our faith like men? How do we take the teachings of Christ that were partially recorded 2000 years ago and apply them to our current plight?
TRY PRACTICING THESE 3 WAYS TO WIN LIFE:
1 – Step away from the shadows and stop riding coattails:
I have much admiration for the men who paved the way before me. Much of my journey has been made easier because of the heavy work to establish faith in my family line – but not one single bit of their faith can keep me from destroying myself. It may be easy to build organizations, values, and systems of belief on things that happened before I was born, but if they aren’t meaningful to me, I’m not going to sell out for them.
On the other hand, some of our paths were paved with hate and evil. Maybe, generations of evil were heaped on your plate – just remember – it starts new with you. That junk is theirs – not yours.
Jesus Christ came so that we could work out a plan that fits us and our wiring. The relationship we get to have with Him is a one-on-one endeavor and we have our own pathways to build. I can’t invite you on my adventure, but I can certainly show you the fullness of life when exploring life with Christ. You can’t invite me on your adventure, but we can walk in-stride with Christ in common. Make sense?
2 – Stop allowing people to mold you into their version of you:
No matter the influence, the wisdom, or the experience a person has – they have no business attempting to turn you into a carbon copy of them. Certainly, you need mentors in your life to help guide your decision-making, but they should never make decisions for you.
Too often, men scramble for positions of leadership in order to stabilize their lack of self-confidence. They gather people under their control to better define who they are. Meanwhile, they blur their followers identity and lead them nowhere. Great leaders encourage their followers to outgrow their rear position and encourage them to spread their wings – to branch out – to grow. Be careful who you follow and for how long.
3- Use God’s standards to define your identity, not the world:
God simply requires us to put everything to the following two tests:
- Is your life built in such a way that everything points people to God and His grace?
- Do you live in such a way that others understand that you love them as you love yourself?
Any teaching heaped upon your shoulders in the name of religion and ritual should be put to these tests. Beon guard – there are countless who manipulate God’s word to fit their agenda and attempt to control your faith life. God’s Word is a gift for you – in order that your relationship with Him makes a little more sense as you build your blueprint together with Christ. Don’t get overwhelmed – Simply Love God and Love Others sacrificially… you won’t be disappointed – ever.
Life will always be unfair when using the world’s frantic standards to measure ourselves. Stop whining about the condition of the world and start living it with authority granted to those who love God. Spend your precious time crafting your plan with God – and allow Him to put you together with those who are on a similar path.