Friday, August 13, 2010
Your Best Life Now - Joel Osteen
In this book, Pastor Joel Osteen lays out “7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential.” These seven steps are:
1. Enlarging Your vision
We need to look out of where we are right now and what current situations and circumstances our lives are in and envision more. Along with that comes having a continual awareness that the favor of God is on our lives because we are His children and to believe for that favor.
2. Develop a Healthy Self-Image
Have an understanding of who we are in Christ and be happy with where we are on the way to where we’re going.
3. Discover the Power of Your Thoughts and Words
Our thoughts and words shape our present and our future. We need to be so careful of what we think and say. I know that I have a propensity to look at the more realistic to negative end of the spectrums. So I have been trying to consciously replace those thoughts and words with more positive ones…preferably based on God’s Word and what He says for and about me.
4. Let Go of the Past
Whew. This is a tricky one for me. I’m not very good at it at all. I do tend to hold onto things, even when I don’t want to. They pop into my mind at inopportune times (see point 3). But God is my avenger, and He will do it far better than I did. But even beyond that, I need to forgive and let go for me. I find myself having a hard time with balancing forgiveness with not putting myself into the same situations to be beaten up (figuratively) again.
5. Find Strength through Adversity
Jesus promised us in the Bible that we *will* have hard times. It’s a given part of life and this world. But He follows that up with the encouragement that He has overcome the world. He’s already done it and that gives me hope.
Also, God will use any trial and adversity for the ultimate good. So, hey, at least the trouble is worthwhile. :)
6. Live to Give
I need to give more out of my needs. The whole principle of sewing and reaping. This one isn’t so hard for me though – I love to give. Sometimes to the extent of being empty myself.
7. Choose to be Happy
Happiness is a choice. Focus on the moment. Live for today. And have enthusiasm in that living.
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