Create a “Closed For Business” Sign For Your Family

Work is important, but it’s only one of the important things in life. We need to find a way to be “closed for business” for our families.

This means putting limits to work so you can do family and limits to family so you can do work.

Kevin and Marcia navigated this conflict in time between work and family by setting some rules:

  • Quitting: “closed for business” at certain times of the day.
  • Interruptions: no interruptions at work.
  • Phone: no business calls when at home.

These rules help keep both family and work important. When someone is “on”, they’re fully on. When someone is “off”, they’re fully off.

What’s one good way to lead from obscurity?

Most of us aren’t celebrities or high-profile people who live in the public eye. Most of us lead quiet lives, and many people even struggle with feelings of unimportance.

Colossians 3:23 reminds us to work as if we’re working for the Lord. Be encouraged! You are known by God, and the very biggest audience of all – the Creator of the Universe – is cheering for you to succeed.

 

What’s one good way to get more in life?

Many of us get caught in the Comparison Trap. We see what others have and become envious. After all, isn’t it only fair that everyone should get the same good things in life?

The Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 that we were created to earn our own way. He warns against slacking off and encourages us to work hard to get what we want.

Are you just sitting back and expecting more, or are you doing what it takes to earn more?

 

Teenagers: Prepare to Reach Your Dreams

Don’t listen to people who tell you that you can have success in life without “churn.” If you want to reach your dreams and have the better life God desires for you, you should cultivate good character during your teen years. The world is lying to you when they tell you that your teen years are merely for fun and indulgence. If you want to reach your dreams, cultivate the character to “churn” now.

How To Reach Your Dreams

Similar to the story of Myan Spaccarelli picking up garbage to get closer to his dream of racing, there is a large element of mundane “churn” in working toward a dream.  It may not be literally picking up garbage like it was for Myan, but that’s how it can feel when the “churn” is tiresome, constant, and it’s not the dream – and yet, it’s part of how you get to the dream.

The Role of Prayer

Even when you have the blessing of God on your life, you still must cultivate the character to “churn.” It may be tempting to skip the hard work that comes with the “churn” and ask God to remove it from your life. But the purpose of prayer is not for God to bless us so that we might skip the “churn.” The purpose of prayer is that God would give us the strength to “churn” so that we would have His blessing and favor on our lives.

Churn

One Dare: Keep churning the butter because it makes life better!

2 Observations (of people with a better life)

  1. They learn what makes life better. (What is the butter?)
  2. They grow their character to churn. (Keep churning the butter.)
    • There is no butter without churn.
    • Churn in the consistency behind a worthwhile dream.

3 Lessons

  1. “Picking up garbage” is part of reaching dreams.
  2. Don’t get so used to “picking up garbage” that you forget “WHY”.
  3. Don’t get weary in doing the work of churn.

Are You Too Busy to Be Present?

There are times in life in which we can be so busy that we’re around God, but we’re not actually with God. We don’t sense His presence, and we certainly don’t feel His peace. That’s when we know it’s time to change our priorities. We need to create space in our schedules to be present with Him because He is always present with us.

Join God In His Work

Everything that God’s called us to do, he can do infinitely better. But God does not invite you to join him in what He’s doing because of what you can do for him. He does it because he loves you.

God is so secure in his sovereignty that he invites you to join him in his work.

But God’s sovereignty doesn’t abdicate you from your responsibility. He has positioned and placed you where he wants to use you.

Parents: Pray Over Your Kids

We need the power of God to strengthen our families, our kids, their lives, and their future!

Challenge to Parents: As our kids go to school, pray over them each morning before they run out the door, or on the drive that day. All it needs to be is a short and simple 1-minute prayer of blessing over them.

The Apostle Paul, Growing In Grit

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4: 6-8

“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Grit: The will to fight to the finish.

  • Fight against the lies.
  • Fight to put Christ first.
  • Fight to find the joy.

Questions:

  • How much joy do you have in your life these days?
  • Where are you in danger of putting yourself first instead of Christ?
  • How are you going to grow in your knowledge of the Bible to protect yourself and your family against the lies?

Get in the Game

Scripture: Romans 8

The Truth: While work is a God ordained endeavor, dreaming of the ring is easier than getting the ring.

The Dare: We Dare you to get better (in your career, job, work).

Action:

Dare: Get into God’s Grace (you can’t work your way to Heaven)

Double Dog Dare: Join a Career Group

Prayer

Scripture: James 5:13-18

One Thing To Know:
Prayer is keeping company with God.

Two Things To Do:

  • Talk with God everyday, because he enjoys your company.
    Talk with God about everything, because he cares about you.

Three Life Hacks:

  1. Power Down
  2. Invite In
  3. Host The Dove

Boasting

Scripture: James 4:13-17

Need to Know: (2 Life Truths)

  • What is unknown; your future.
  • What is known; you are fragile.

Need to Do: (3 Life Hacks)

  1. Give credit where it’s due.
  2. Pray through work plans.
  3. Talk like you’re dying vs. Divine

Play Under Pressure

Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11

Recap:
Pause everyday for family prayer.
Rewind everyday to build up.
Fast Forward everyday to thrive.

“Your pressure is not a prison to escape, it’s a platform to embrace.”

Play by choosing joy under pressure.

  1. Go to the source.
  2. Adjust your focus to others.
  3. Align your attitude with Christ.

Fast Forward to Thrive

Scripture: Hebrews 10

1) Freedom to Unmask
2) Blind Spot Love
3) Fast Forward Potential

Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.”

Pause For Family Prayer, Rewind To Build Up, & Fast Forward To Thrive:

  • Which of these 3 do you naturally give to your family?
  • Which of these 3 do you need to improve?

Rewind To Build Up

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5

“Nothing gets better with neglect.”

1) Don’t just consume; Connect.

2) Don’t just Unwind; Rewind

  • What today made you sad?
  • What today made you mad?
  • What today made you glad?

3) Don’t just Blah, Blah, Blah; Build Up (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18)

  • Do your part.
  • Be patient.
  • Build Up

Challenge: Commit your family to come to the table for the next month. (No tech, no toys. At least 4 nights a week, 30-60 minutes & practice rewind to build up)

Pause For Family Prayer

Two family truths:

  • Family dysfunction just happens in every family.
  • Family dynasty takes work.

3 ways pausing for family prayer helps build your family dynasty:

  • It centers your home on Christ. (Colossians 3:1-4)
  • It makes God normal at home. (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
  • It unleashes God’s power at home.

Self-centered people can’t build family dynasties. Selfishness can only bring more dysfunction.

Keep it simple. Be consistent. Start today.

“God, we thank you for…”
“God, please help us with…”

Wisdom For Work – Part 2

Scripture: Proverbs 15:32

Procrastination: It will lesson my pressure, when in fact, it will lesson my progress.

Draw & Respect 3 Life Lines:

  1. The Dream Line
  2. The Duty Line
  3. The Deadline

What is procrastination costing you?

Put off procrastination! What’s your next step?

Wisdom For Work – Part 1

Scripture: Proverbs 10:4, Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 13:11, Matthew 5:14, Colossians 3:23

In a Word: Diligence
In a Formula: Diligence = Excellence / Time
In a Sentence: God pours out his aver on all those who work diligently.

Matthew 5:14 – Excellence brings glory to God.
Colossians 3:23 – Excellence gives evidence of your primary audience.
Matthew: 5:41 – Excellence goes the second mile.

Proverbs 22:29 – “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.”

Excellence is treating unknown men like they’re kings.