What To Do When You Lack Direction

It’s hard to go forward when you lack direction. Perhaps you have goals, a plan, and action steps you are carrying out – yet you are standing still. Little progress. So many hours of hard, creative work isn’t helping. All this seems to indicate you are currently without direction. What should you do?

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Weary vs Lazy: What’s the Diff?

Weary vs lazy! What a challenging subject. If you’re reading this, you are likely not lazy. If you are weary, you might feel fatigued as you read. Why are you reading this article? Maybe you are lazy and realize you need a good kick in the pants. Maybe you are weary and thirst for hope . . . and wondered if you’d find a dribble here.

Whatever your motive, I hope you find what you need.

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7 Strategies of Rest to Finish Well

When you start a fun adventure, a new program, a fresh plan, a resolved commitment – it’s easy to be excited. Passion gives energy to do hard stuff. You even handle losses better. Fresh starts are power launches. But – how do you finish well?

 

When “new” becomes the norm, some discipline starts slipping off. Daily drudgery sets in. Then – when life gets downright hard, painful, or disappointing, you realize you need to grit your teeth with resolve if you are going to finish well. Early days of clarity and passion start to fade.

At a successful power launch, you stand your ground. You rise up from set-back. But over time, you have become tired. Battle weary. You need a rest.

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BILLION.GLOBAL DIVERSITY!

What does it look like to work with diverse people to touch a world for Christ? How do you effectively set aside differences? How do people who are so un-similar work together for common goals?

Your “differentness” is God’s idea. His plan. He made you different than any other person – with a unique personality, individual skill sets, custom-designed passions, very specific purposes.

And it pleased Him.

Your differentness is intended to enhance unity, not create division (unless you live for your own agendas). Christ is not divided. He has a great plan that encompasses the variety of personalities, abilities, skill sets, and view-points He created. God’s brilliant mastermind has strategized to involve each individual and organization in His agenda to gather up the globe’s greatest treasure: human souls!

Agreeing with each other in Jesus’ name is not so hard to do . . . not really! Best results occur when starting strategies are implemented from God’s Word. We don’t see the full picture being formed as we build together. But God sees it. He knows.

“Differentness” is needed for God’s work to fit together around the globe. Think of it this way. Parts that are identical don’t connect together well. They stack. They line up neatly. But they are not effective because they don’t “fit” into one another. They need an “opposite puzzle piece” to join to. This differentness completes the picture we are all working to finish in Jesus’ name.

Your individual work for the Lord matters. It looks different than other person’s or organization’s work. That’s the design. The pieces interconnect. We just need to find one another and deeply appreciate our different shapes. God knows how the puzzle will look.

  • If you focus on “being” exactly who God created, and
  • If you work on “hearing” His quiet, powerful voice, and
  • If you are willing to pray for wisdom and believe for His guidance –

– the puzzle picture becomes increasingly engaging and fulfilling. Sometimes you might work a border with others. Another time, you may form a corner or a center portion that has become clear enough to define. Still again there are times you may search and search for those concealed, missing pieces that seem to be hiding under something. There is joy in finding, placing, strategizing, partnering. Your contribution makes a difference in the whole picture.

Celebrate Global Diversity! “Be” who God made you. Accept others. Embrace team work in Jesus’ name. Look with eager expectation for what God is doing. The Lord purposefully doesn’t let you see His full plan because it promotes 2 agendas super important to Him:

  1. Living and serving by faith
  2. Working in unity with His Body.

 

Additional articles about reaching people around the globe:

God Always Has A Plan. What’s Your Part?

What’s In Your Hand?

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P.S. Billion.Global is an organized effort to reach a billion people on the globe with good news about Jesus in the next 10 years. If you want to explore your part in this global reach – check it out. Intentional Living is so impressed with this vision, we became a partner with Billion.Global.


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12 Qualities of Noble Character

A noble person engages in specific behaviors. It doesn’t matter if they want to. Or if it’s convenient. They simply choose to do what should be done. Daily life for a person aiming for noble character becomes proof they have decided to operate on principles that last. Principles that form a foundation. Principles that are pleasing to God. Because they engage life at this level, they also develop some impressive rock-solid character qualities.

What does noble character look like? Here is a List of 12 Excellent Qualities:

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Growing Up in Faith is Hard Work! 4 Decisions That Help.

Growing up is hard work. But it’s normal. That’s what people do: grow up . . . in body, mind, heart, relationships, and emotions. Even though you will keep growing up all your life, there comes a time when you “are up.”

Even though it is hard work to grow up, to NOT GROW UP is unnatural, unhealthy, and even tragic.

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God Always Has A Plan: What’s Your Part?

God always has a plan. Always! In fact, He plans pretty far out. The Scriptures tell us that before He created the world, He already established The Plan of Salvation. He put into motion that Jesus would become the Intermediator: fully man, fully God. Yes, pretty far out – He planned the whole thing. You know the story:

  • virgin birth,
  • living and growing up as a human,
  • ministry,
  • miracles,
  • suffering,
  • sacrifice on the cross,
  • resurrection,
  • THEN – He created the world.

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Get “Buy In” and Influence Over the Timing of Jesus’ Return

If you are committed to live a holy, godly life, Jesus’ return is already on your radar. You already have “buy in” on that event. You love the Lord and are eager to know Him more. You already believe you will one day live with Him forever – NO END! Wow. What a future!

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HOW TO FINISH a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET – Part 2

In Part 1, we explored 5 super simple processes to develop a 1-Page Goals Sheet. Those 5 steps give you approximately 1/2 page of data. Now develop the other 1/2 page. You are very close to being done with some great goals in place.

Before heading into the last 1/2 of this great life management 1-page resource, you need to refer back to part 1 for a moment. You started a Step By Step Action Plan. Step #1 helped you to establish some basics. The results of this step did not go on your Goals Sheet. Step #2, you asked good questions to identify a short list of things you want to make progress in. Steps #1 and #2  served to “prime your pump.” However, you were told the short list from Step #2 goes on your Goals Sheet. This is where that short list goes. We are going to develop it now.

First, we MUST talk about goals and objectives. They are critical if you are going to live with purpose and not waste your life.

Goals and objectives:

  • Help you establish a direction and pathway.
  • Identify parameters to help you stay on course.
  • Assess progress.
  • Help you accomplish value as you aim higher.

Goals are different from objectives. Let’s look.

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HOW TO SET UP a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET: Part 1

I’m guessing you want to live with purpose, and that you care about your life being successful – not wasted. I have simple questions for you:

  • Have you developed some goals for the New Year?
  • Thought about a life theme?
  • Identified areas you need to grow in or develop?
  • Have reasonable, measurable objectives in place to help you get traction?

It is never too late to think about these ideas and jot a few simple notes. I want to show how simple it is to set up a 1-page Goals Sheet to keep you on track. Not a complicated system. Keep it simple. Read More …


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