First things first

As we pursue lives of purpose, it’s easy to focus on what we need to do and who we need to connect with and forget the most important thing in any endeavour – our inner life!

In 1 Samuel 30:1-6, David is pursuing his dream but disaster intervenes – his first response is not action against the problem but he “encourages himself in the Lord his God”.

First things first!

Your emotional state matters in the pursuit of purpose!  Be strong and stay strong!

Fill your mind and heart with the promises of God! Let the Word find a resting place in your thinking; what it says about you and your future!

Ps Geoff Woodward

Joy and Peace

Pursuing purpose requires high commitment, deep passion and strong faith!

Of course, every vision will demand those things, but don’t fall into the trap of making purpose all about intensity or drivenness!

Look at Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV).

Notice that God’s kind of believing is accompanied by joy and peace, not intensity and trying harder!

Take time to enjoy the journey; find ways to have fun along the way! Refresh your soul (your mind, will and emotions) – your future will thank you for it!

Time spent recharging your batteries is not wasted time – it’s time invested in your destiny.

 

Ps Geoff Woodward

Proactivity

Romans 15:13 There’s no such thing as hopeless to anyone who follows Christ!  He’s the “God of hope”!

But we can certainly find ourselves in situations that look hopeless!

David returns to his base only to find the place ransacked and their families taken hostage.  His team simply lay down in their misery, overwhelmed by the devastation. (1 Samuel 30: 1-6)

 

But David is a proactive kind of guy – never give up, never give in!

He’s looking not at what’s happened, but at what he can do!

In difficult times, ask yourself the proactive question – “What can I do?”

That question unlocks for David and his men (who rally around the idea of what’s possible) the complete restoration of all that had been taken from them.

Harness the power of proactivity in your life!

Frustration

“Frustration”

 Everyone loves a vision!

Who wouldn’t? The promise of dreams fulfilled, the excitement of the journey, the friendships you make along the way.. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

But someone should talk about the transforming power of frustration!

Every dream, every purpose will go through times where things just aren’t working out and the dream doesn’t seem to be getting closer at all.

It’s in these times of frustration that powerful things often happen!

Look at 1 Samuel 22:2 “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.    NKJV

Imagine – you’ve been anointed king over the nation and the best team you can assemble is made up of people that are losing in every area of life!

Yet it’s out of this frustration that David’s great leadership is formed and he becomes the greatest king his nation ever had.

Where are you letting your frustrations (there’s bound to be some!) take you?

Let them propel you further into the wisdom and help of God!

Ps Geoff Woodward

Faith

“The just shall live by faith” is a phrase that occurs four times in the Scriptures – once in the Old Testament and three times in the New.

Anyone could think that God really wants us to get the message that the life of following Him is not about rules, rituals or even principles but about a life of trusting Him and confidence in His Word!

Some people make faith all about mystery – “It comes and goes and no-one knows..”

Others make it about a formula – “Just do this or say this and it all happens..”

Of course, the truth is a combination of both these.

Faith is a thing of the Spirit, not mechanical or a function of our minds. But certainly people of faith have some things in common – a positive outlook, a belief in what He’s said regardless of the circumstances, their words in agreement with His Word.

I think of it like an aircraft landing strip – you may not be piloting the plane, but you can definitely prepare for it’s coming!

Watch your speech, guard your thoughts, keep your heart – build a life of faith!

 

Ps Geoff Woodward

The next-generation mindset

Perhaps one of the sadder verses of scripture is this one –

 2 Kings 20:19  So Hezekiah  said to Isaiah,”The word of the LORD which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?”  (NKJV)

Looks good – Hezekiah, king of Judah has heard that though difficult days for his nation are coming, it won’t happen until after his death.

I think that it’s sad when a leader’s focus is on only their generation, not thinking about the one to come! It’s like he’s saying, “So long as it doesn’t happen to me, that’s ok!”

 

Contrast that with the spirit of a father that says, “I gladly sacrifice my comfort now for the sake of my children’s future!”

Are you building for the next generation, living a great example, encouraging those younger than you – either in age or in the faith?

(Remember, this is not about how old you are right now – it’s about a mindset!)

Everyone leaves – but not everyone leaves a legacy!

We build now the legacy of tomorrow.