By Series - A Look Back at Relationship Goals

A Look Back at Relationship Goals

Friday

July 8, 2016

Motivation is the Key

Read

“…encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today...’” Hebrews 3:13

Think

We’ve all heard the phrase “guilt by association.” It simply means that our reputation can be established by the actions and behavior of the people we hang around. But if that is true, then we can also discover greatness by association! It’s all about surrounding ourselves with the right “they”. How do we know if we’re surrounded by the right they? It’s time to take a “friend-entory.”

Start by taking a panoramic look at the relationships in your life and asking, “Do THEY motivate me to love God more?”

The right THEY are encouraging and will point you toward a fuller, richer relationship with Jesus Christ. They will understand His importance in your life, and they will encourage you to pursue that relationship with all you have. Life is too short to hang around people who drag you down. Instead, do life with those who help build you up!

Pray

Thank God for the people in your life. Ask Him to reveal those in your life who are the right “they” so that you can experience the encouragement you need.

Act

Make a list of your three closest relationships. Make it a point to pray specifically for their relationship with God, and look for ways to encourage them throughout today!

 

Thursday

July 7, 2016

Intentional, Not Accidental

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“A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.”  Proverbs 27:19

Think

“What did THEY influence you to do that you would not have done if THEY hadn’t been around?” That’s a question we all need to ask ourselves, because the truth is that we all have people in our lives who influence us – whether it’s positively or negatively.

Relationships – great relationships – are intentional, not accidental. Don’t just hope you find the right people to do life with. CHOOSE the kinds of friends God has in store for you, and discover the kind of life He wants you to live!

Pray

Thank God for designing you for relationships. Pray for His direction and discernment as you look for the right relationships in your life.

Act

Begin to surround yourself with the RIGH THEY in your life. Where do you find those people? The best place is the local church! Make sure you surround yourself with the kind of people God has in store for you by plugging into the place God has built – His House!

 

Wednesday

July 6, 2016

Stay Aligned

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"Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. , and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom.  Mathew 20: 26-28"

Think

When you think about living a life of purpose, what are your first thoughts? For most people, the idea of serving others is not the first idea that comes to mind.  However, when we look at Jesus’ life and His example of what it means to live on purpose serving others is the central theme.  Because when we identify our God-given purpose, inevitably, we will identify how God wants us to serve others. 

But serving others is not only beneficial to those we serve, serving also brings us satisfaction.  We were created to serve. Through service, we are able to see the big picture, press forward despite difficult situations, and stay aligned in the things of God.  Are you experiencing the benefits of serving?

Pray

When you pray about your purpose, ask God to reveal ways you can serve others. Pray for opportunities to put others first today.

Act

There are a number of ways you can serve other people. But one of the most important is through the local church. If you haven’t signed up to serve yet, you can do it right now. Don’t let the opportunity to serve others slip past you!

 

Tuesday

July 5, 2016

Ultimate Freedom

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"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Think

This week, Americans celebrate freedom as a nation. It’s a week when we reflect on the gift of freedom, and we remember that it is not something to take lightly. Yet, as great as the freedom of our country is, the reality is that the ultimate freedom is found on another level.

​It’s great to be proud to be an American. There’s value in holding high the freedoms and experiences we have here. But the greatest freedom any of us can ever experience is eternal security and peace through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Have you experienced the ultimate freedom? Have you shared the reality of that freedom with those around you?

Pray

Thank God for providing a way to ultimate freedom through His Son, Jesus Christ. Ask Him to give you opportunities to talk about that freedom with those around you.

Act

This week, write out a thank you note to God, whether it’s on a napkin, in a journal, or on a scrap piece of paper. Carry that with you this week as a reminder of what He has done for you.

 

Monday

July 4, 2016

Ultimate Sacrifice

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"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Think

There’s nothing like freedom. All this week, we will think about it, honor it, and celebrate it as a country. But freedom is never free. It costs, and costs dearly. The truth is that freedom is the most expensive gift that any of us can have, because it comes at the highest cost – the price of someone else’s blood.

​So many men and women have gone before us and sacrificed for the freedom we have. It’s true in our nation; and it’s true with our God. God sent Jesus, His only Son, to pay the ultimate price for our eternal security. And there is no greater gift than that.

Pray

Thank God for the men and women of our Armed Forces who were, and are, willing to pay for your freedom. And thank God for His willingness to pay for your eternal freedom through the sacrifice of His Son.

Act

Saying “Thank you” is one thing; showing it is another. Find a military member or vet and perform a  random act of kindness. Buy them a meal. Bake them some cookies. Mow their lawn. Take your “thank you” to the next level!