|Live Your Dream . . .
Or Someone Else Will
By Shannon Parish
on the events that have occurred during this past year. A few more
months and another year will have slipped away.
Those moments are now in your past. No
turning back. Gone. Are those moments missed opportunities and missed
connections ... or victories, great memories and a satisfied sense of
fulfillment? Just one year of reflection, and thousands of missed
opportunities. Opportunities to say "Thank you", opportunities to ask,
"May I help you?" (and sincerely mean it.) How about "I love you"?
Over all there are running themes that you
may notice were not quite the results you had hoped for. For
instance, if, no matter how hard you worked, were you able to get ahead
financially, then you were not getting the financial results that you had
People usually HOPE for
different results than what they are getting. Hoping against all hope and quoting scripture that reminds
"Faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not
seen." (Hebrews 11:1) They blindly press forward hoping and hoping some
more . . . Not realizing that there is a tangible difference between hope
The assumption is made that if one has enough faith, combined
with hope, one will get what one desires (or hopes for.) In other words, if
I wish hard enough, and hope that it will really happen, then
I'll have what I hope for which will be evidence that I have great faith.
James 2: 17b-18
". . .
faith by itself,
if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith
without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do."
Are you not pleased with
the results of the previous year and you are hoping for better results next
Identify the results that you are looking for.
For instance, is it a bigger church that you would like to see in the New
Identify and address the answers that
lie behind the question. This helps you to identify issues, strengths and
weaknesses, which will either make or break your new year results.
"The only difference
between fleshly ambition and the Call of God on your Life is ...
motivation." - Shannon Parish
Perhaps you responded with:
"How can we make our
Probing questions could be:
"Why do we need a bigger church?"
"What will we do with our bigger church?"
"What do we need before we can grow the
"What are the benefits to
growing the church?"
"What are the drawbacks?"
"What are our weaknesses?"
"What are our strengths?"
Was fear present behind the answers?
If your answers are to grow the church so
that you will have more money to do what you want - is fear a motivating
factor that will sabotage your future? (because money was the focus of
Is the real problem stewardship? If you are
honest with yourself, then you have now been presented with a beginning
strategy. Spend next year learning, teaching and developing stewardship -
then your church will grow. Get it?
A Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator and Creative Life
Coach, Shannon Parish devotes her life
to encouraging those who are fed up with the 'status-quo' and are determined
and pursue their purpose and destiny in life through one-on-one mentoring,
facilitated workshops and retreats.
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