Today I am in Natchitoches (if you don’t know how to pronounce it, don’t even try), Louisiana, speaking to pastors about church leadership. This is one of the favorite things I do because it has been so much of my life.
I have a passion for church health and church unity. Unity and health are blessings of God which come from church leaders who love God and give their best to make their churches work.
One topic I often speak on is “How to Get Your Church Off Dead Center.” Churches need to get themselves off dead center. So do you and I.
How do you get your life out of the rut you’re in?
First, acknowledge where you are. Until we admit where we are, we will never get off dead center. This is not as easy as it sounds. Admitting sin and mistakes is never easy. It’s so much easier to pretend that you don’t have any problems or that you’ve tried all the techniques and nothing works.
Second, look at where you want to be. This is your goal. Think of where you would like to be in relationships or in obedience before God. Set your eyes on the goal and begin the process of getting to where you want to be.
Third, change the way you do things. In order to get off dead center, you have to shake up your routine and your habits. Maybe you need to go to bed earlier and get up earlier. Maybe you need to think differently. My mother used to say “you are what you eat, and you are what you think.”
If you think depressed, you will be depressed. If you think defeat, you will be defeated. If you think, “I can’t” then you really can’t.
I understand serious problems; I also understand we can help to make our problems better. I can’t have everything perfectly the way I want it, but I can deal with many issues in my life.
Fourth, set short term and long term goals. For example, you may need to set a five year plan to get healthy. That’s your long term goal. Your short term goal is to walk a few hundred yards today and to begin eating healthier foods.
Fifth, make a plan to get where you want to be.
Finally, work your plan day by day.
I would add one more important piece of the plan. Ask God to help you do what you need to do. He cares for you, and He wants you to succeed.
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