There are tests of life we have to endure. Everyday we are confronted with setbacks and trials that leave us unguarded. But Life is Good Despite Surging storms, Shaking Ground and Trials. God will win our fights.
1. The Test of Life and Death
What if one day, you will face difficult situation that test your ability to decide from two major decisions? Let say, your wife is about to give birth to your first baby, you have waited for so long, prayed and cried a lot, went to a series of fertilization just to conceive. And God answered your prayer.
But the big problem is, your wife had complications, you have to choose who to save, the baby whom you have waited or your wife whom you dearly love. You cannot choose both or you will lose them both.
As a Mom, You want the best for your kids. You want them to see that you model success. Here are the top 10 rules of Success to consider.
5 years ago, my Life was a total mess. I have no goals, no clear direction, no vision boards and no dream whatsoever. I was just living my life just like any other. I don’t know where my life is heading. I have no guts to discover new things because I am afraid of failing.
Every day is just another ordinary day – waking up, go to work, go home late at night, sleep. It was a simple life, no complications, but It was boring.
Then one day I realized, comfort zone will never bring me to the peak of the mountain. I have to take difficult roads to achieve greatness. And that starts my love for business and inspirational books. Then changed my daily routine, I read inspirational books or watch motivational YouTube channels that inspired me a lot like Evan Carmichael, Terri Savelle Foy, Joel Osteen, Valuetainment and many more. They are my hero. They opened my eyes to the real essence of life. I’ve learned that success is hard but it’s not impossible.
Note: We are not perfect, I struggle with some of the rules below but minimizing my bad habits is a good way to start.
If you want to be an effective leader, learn to be a servant first.
Learn to humble yourself. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; It is thinking of yourself less – C.S. Lewis.
It is one of the greatest assets a leader must have, it is more important than power and fame. Your humility will stand up after your fame and power has gone.
Humble leaders magnetize all the grace of God, They are leaders the world needs.
Simon Sinek – a motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling book, Start with Why, shared a great story:
There was a former undersecretary of defense who was invited to speak in a large conference about a thousand of people. He was standing in the stage with this cup of coffee in Styrofoam cup. After he sipped, he said, Last year I spoke in these exact the same conference, I was still the undersecretary of defense. When I spoke here last year they flew me here business class. When I arrived at the airport somebody is waiting for me to take me in my hotel room.
The next morning, I came downstairs and there’s someone waiting in the lobby to greet me and drove me into this exact the same venue. They took me into a green room where they handed me a cup of coffee in a beautiful ceramic cup.
Now, I am no longer the undersecretary. I flew here coach. I took a taxi into my hotel. When I came down to the lobby this morning, I took another taxi into this venue. I came in front door and found my way backstage. And when I ask someone “Do you have any coffee?” He pointed to the coffee machine at the corner and I poured myself a cup of coffee into this Styrofoam cup. He said, “The cup is never meant for me, it is meant for the position I held. I deserve a Styrofoam cup.”
As you gain fame and fortune, as you gain position and authority people will treat you better. They will hold doors open for you. They will get you a cup of coffee without you even ask. They will call you Sir and Ma’am and they will give you stuff. None of that stuff is meant for you, it is meant for the position you hold. You deserve a Styrofoam cup. Always remember this lesson of HUMILITY.
Are you a Good steward of what you have entrusted?
Money is the number 1 factor that steal us from God.
“The rich become richer and the poor become poorer”.
I heard this phrases many times. And I was reminded by the parable of the tenants. Sometimes, the number one reason of your poverty is poor spending habits and your extravagant lifestyle. You have been splurging money for things that don’t have value or on things that depreciates in value.
Here is the parable of the talents, found in Matthew 25: 14–29 (ESV Version). “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, ringing five talents more, saying, “Master, you delivered me five talents; here I have made five talents more.”
His master said to him, “well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.
And he also who had two talents came forward saying, “Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.” His Master said to him, “well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”
He also who had received the one talent came forward saying, “Master, I knew you to be hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.”
But his master answered him, “you wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
Believing in yourself is the key foundation of success in any measure. How you see yourself affects how you live and spend your day. It doesn’t mean bragging and being boastful (that is arrogance). It simply means loving yourself first because you cannot give what you do not have, and simply believing in your ability to succeed.
Self-Confidence is crucial and essential in developing ones willpower and ability to achieve. It is a positive belief that you can achieve something big in the future.
My favorite you tube vlogger alpha m. described it as unwavering belief in your ability, values and self-worth.
Never interchange it with arrogance. Arrogance is telling everybody and bragging about your achievements.
“Half the battle is won if you know the enemy more than they know you. If you know your enemies you can strategize better and more intelligently.”
I heard this preaching many Sundays ago but was still fresh in my imagination. It had changed my approach in dealing with conflicts. It gave me clearer picture on how to deal with one. There are lots of fights we are facing each day, from destructive words to emotional battles to actual fights, that has the power to make or break us. We cannot control the emotion and anger of other people; they can say anything out of our control. The only thing we could do is not to listen or to ignore them.
Positive Messages and Quotes are made to inspire and motivate people. It can be your stress reliever when things go wrong. It can be your guide when life seems tough.
Even a single positive message can change your views and opinions of the future.
I love collecting Inspirational quotes and messages – from friends and families, from Famous to Powerful People. When I received my first mobile phone from my dear sister way back 1998, I start collecting inspirational messages. It inspired me a lot during my darkest moments. I read them every morning to start my day positive.
Here are some of them. I Hope it will inspire you.
God never gives a burden heavier than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be more happy than sad. If birds sing after a storm, why can’t we? No one has traveled a bridged of success without even crossing the streets of failure, God didn’t promise an easy journey in life only safety on board.
Life is the most precious gift you should never waste. Aside from that, I have summarized below top 5 things we should never waste because once it’s broke. It will never be retrieve as perfect as it was.
How you spend your day will directly affect your life in a long run. Your habits and your daily routine will determine whether you’ll be a success or failure. Whatever choice you make, make sure you’re not wasting your life.
Listed below are the top 5 most precious assets we have. Don’t waste a single bit of it.
“Your time is limited. Never waste it living someone else life” – Steve Jobs
One important thing you should not waste is TIME. Today the average life span of a typical person is 25,550 days or 70 years, too short as compared to the times of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But some died early; others live longer than 70 years old. Whatever your life span be, make sure you’ve provided value for others.
Make your mark on this earth!
You should also accept the fact that you are going to die someday. It will eventually come no matter how you avoid it. Live each day as if it was your last so you will value everything you have.
Jim Rohn said, “TIME- we all have limited supply. Life is not just a passing of time. It is collection of experiences”.
Another said, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that was given to Hellen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and albert Einstein”.
How about you? How do you treat TIME?
Being busy doesn’t mean being productive. Being busy watching television and playing video games the whole day is not productivity, it’s a waste of time. I have seen people who always blame the government, their parents, and even their neighbors of their poverty, but never do things that will change their situation. That is stupidity. Change yourself first and your environment will eventually change. Stop blaming someone of your misery.
Balance everything out of your hectic schedule. Proper scheduling is the key, schedule time for your family, business, and leisure. Don’t mix them.
Never take time for granted. You cannot turn back the hands of time so make the best out of it. You should count your age by quality not by quantity.