Every day my inbox is flooded with emails promising miraculous overnight results that will boost my bank account, suck fat off my backside and cause the people around me to worship the ground I walk on.
They bring inflated promises that claim if I will follow the quick-fix formula, I will have more money than I can spend, I will be healthier and happier, and most of all I will have so many friends that I will have to hire a publicists.
That is success they say -- a fat bank account, a Hollywood body and a fan club.
No! That is bondage!
MY CURRENT CHALLENGE:
I find myself at 53 years old in the middle of a major life transition and fear is trying to control me. My kids are launching into adulthood, marriage, college, and travel. They are spreading their wings and I am running low on finances to help. I thought I would be in a much better place financially. But that is not where we are. UGH! Plus we are re-purposing our ministry which is stretching me way beyond my comfort zone. My late, late nights that come because I can't sleep I wrestle with knowing God's direction.
Here's what I am learning:
Wisdom is your trusted adviser to true prosperity.
Wisdom is a gift given by a generous Father, who wants you to live from Him -- the source of abundance.
The goal is a deeper more trusted relationship that cannot be shipwrecked by any circumstance.
Wisdom is the path to that very real, very authentic connection that we all long for.
The goal of true wisdom is not to gain something, but to become a secure person.
Wisdom leads to relationship with the Father.
Our connection with the Father leads us to the pursuit of purpose, because it creates a craving to become who we were born to be.
This reminds me of one of my wife's favorite quotes:
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." ~E.E. Cummings
It's really difficult for me to slow down and wait on the Lord. I want to make things happen, take control and force life to work on my own terms. But when I pause, find God, hear his voice everything comes back to center.
THE REAL DEAL -- TRUE PROSPERITY-- IS COURAGEOUSLY LIVING ON PURPOSE.
TRUE PROSPERITY is not the result of following some simplistic formula, but it is a life given away for a higher calling.
TRUE PROSPERITY is the manifestation of sacrificial love that brings out the best in others.
TRUE PROSPERITY comes to those who are motivated by something far greater than reward and punishment.
TRUE PROSPERITY comes to those who exchange the pursuit of possessions for the pursuit of purpose.
TRUE PROSPERITY is death that brings life!
Solomon said it like this:
"Like an idiot you've turned away from me and chosen destruction instead.
Your self-satisfied smugness will kill you. But the one who always listens to me will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace. Free from fear, confident and courageous, you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life." Proverbs 1:32-33 (Passion Trans.)
Trusted advisers who do not prey upon us are rare.
My wife and I have been walking beside people for many years.
We have discipled countless wounded, wayward, weary souls.
Our goal has been and is to empower others to courageously fulfill their purpose.
If you need someone to walk you through your valley who does not use gimmicks, 1-2-3 formulas or inflated promises then we are your best option for support.
Contact us today at BeCourageousCoaching.com and begin your journey of wisdom to discover your purpose and find the courage to be who you were born to be.