Posts from June 2018 (Page 2)

Posts from June 2018 (Page 2)

June 13, 2018

Seeking His Kingdom.   Goals are great. Our goals keep us focused. They measure our success. They are valuable parts of progress in this life. But what about the next life?   Jesus told his followers, “seek first the kingdom of Heaven, and all these things will be added to you.”   For many of us, our goals, our agendas, and our plans are all about right…

June 12, 2018

Goals become gods.   Goals are not a bad thing. Most of the things we’re going to talk about in this series are not BAD things. They are good things that end up in the wrong places and cause major problems for us. Our goals become a problem when they take precedence over the things God’s calling us to do. Some of these callings are specific and led by the Spirit,…

June 11, 2018

I’m a goals kind of guy. I set new ones for myself every year and work tirelessly to finish them. Goals can be a great thing, but they can also distract us. Often, achieving the milestone or making the mark can distract us and get in the way of allowing God to move in our hearts and lives.   Monday: Is it ever enough?   When you’re in elementary school all you…

June 8, 2018

Approval seeking behavior   Below is a list of some things people do when approval becomes the idol in their life. Take the rest of the week and look at your interactions. Looks for these things in your life. See if you have any of these and what you might do to remove them. Changing or softening your position because someone appears to disapprove. Paying insincere…

June 7, 2018

Stop comparing   Approval seeking behavior often comes from comparison. I see someone else who I want to be and so I start looking to them as the answer to what I should and should not do. My direction, my choices, and my life become a sacrifice to those I’m seeking approval from. I start looking at my life through the lens of “what would Sheryl do” instead of asking…

June 6, 2018

Your approval isn’t based on you Our approval often finds itself rooted in our perspective. The things we look to, the things we seek after, and the things we strive for often either feed or take away from our feeling of approval.   If your goal in life and the thing you push towards is your financial security, then the balance of your bank account will feed security…

June 5, 2018

We’re given approval. We spend a good part of our life seeking approval. We look for it from parents, from friends, from lovers, from employers, and with the new social media world, we even look for it from strangers. We want the hits, we want the likes, we want to be approved because approval equates to love. And we all really want to be loved.   The beauty of the…

June 4, 2018

Approval   It’s easy to seek out the approval of others. We’re wired for it. It’s something we crave on a deep level. The feeling of acceptance and belonging are wired into who are so deeply that there is even a psychological phenomenon called groupthink. In it, people who are so caught up in being a part of the crowd and being included in something will do things…

June 1, 2018

Serving for others We talked a great deal this week about what serving does for you, but we cannot neglect the fact that our service should truly be about others. Our service should be for the people we are serving.   Every day, God puts people in front of you that you can serve. It might not be some major gesture, it might be as simple as letting them go first.…
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