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A Great Name

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with one’s name being great!

Sometimes in the name of humility, we keep ourselves from aspiring to achieve great things and thus limit ourselves, fail to reach our highest potential and deprive ourselves and the world of the benefits that would have come as a result of us reaching our peak.

Some people think that pride is the reason God came down to confuse the language of the people who were building the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1 -9 because they said ‘… so that we may make a name for ourselves‘. The real issue was that their agenda was opposed to God’s plan. He had told man earlier to replenish the earth and subdue it. How were they going to do so when their plan was to keep from being scattered over the face of the whole earth?

God doesn’t have anything against our names being great or against our making a name for ourselves. In fact, in promises* to Abraham and to David, He said ‘I will make your name great’.

So, as people created in the image and likeness of God, feel free to be creative like Him, the Creator. Think, imagine, have one light bulb moment then another. Develop those ideas and keep exploring your gifts and abilities. And if your name becomes great while you’re at it, by all means be thankful. That’s a blessing!

No limits! Keep moving!

*Genesis 12:2 & 2 Samuel 7:9

Have Faith – Think Big

Everything is possible for one who believes.

Anything is possible if a person believes.

Everything is possible to the one who believes.

As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.

Yes. I would have assumed that Jesus didn’t quite mean everything or anything, but when I think of one of His followers saying ‘I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength’, I have to face it; it must be that He meant exactly what He said.

Wow! That’s something to think about.

I’ve found that during the transition from one year to the next, we are often in a relatively excited state and we dream big dreams, think big, make resolutions and hope for a better year than the previous. But as the celebrations come to an end and decorations are taken down, our confidence in some of those aspirations begins to dwindle and we begin to contemplate whether it’s worth it at all to try.

Before you take a pen and cross that item off your list, I think you should just take a moment and imagine yourself with that dream realized. Would it make you happier and your life more fulfilling? Is it worth believing for? I ask because the critical thing is believing – having confidence or faith in the truth or the assertion that everything is possible. If it is worth it, then fight for it. It’s a good fight – the fight of faith. Fight to keep that dream alive; fight to put a plan in place to achieve it; fight to work daily towards accomplishing it; fight till what once was only a thought or an idea in your mind become a reality.

Nelson Mandela said ‘It always seems impossible till it’s done’.

So go for a smart start, and when faced with obstacles, ask how; and in the midst of it all, keep believing that all things are possible!

Think BIG

Yes! You made it to 2016. I rejoice with you because you overcame all the challenges life threw at you in the past year and you’re here. You’re still standing. Excellent!

So now that you’re here, what next? I discovered a presentation app on my phone called Keynote so I decided to put my skills to use but this time for the purpose of preparing my personal plan for the year. I have a slide for each area of my life where I would like to see more progress – family, music (here’s a link to my album), my blog, work, projects and so on. I’ve outlined the major things to strive for and I have included pictures to help with mental engagement. Of course I’ll still have the finer details written out in my journal for day to day considerations. This year, I plan to pay attention to these details of my life as though they were deliverables. Have you made your plans yet? If you need help with this, here’s a good guide by Brian Tracy – Planning Your Year.

While you’re at it, remember to THINK BIG. Speaking of thinking big, my daughter saw a poster that read just that. She turned to her dad and me and said, ‘I know what it means to think big. It means to think of very big things like elephants’. We had a good laugh, then explained it to her and gave her a few five-year-old big thinking cues. You see, it really doesn’t matter how old you are or what your current circumstance is, there’s always something worthwhile that you can reach for. Don’t limit yourself; you’re capable of so much more.

I wish you a year so good that you’ll look back at the end of it, pat yourself on the back and say ‘Well done’.

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