I just finished the very first Career University workshop/seminar at LifeCity Church at the Holiday Inn. I really love speaking to young people because they’re always enthusiastic to listen. Special thanks to the student-participants from The Far Eastern University and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, you guys rock! I felt your genuine thirst to learn something new.
Here’s a point I repeated several times:
It is great to stress God’s bountiful assurance that they will never be left struggling. God takes special attention in protecting the young. He is always available and they are never alone. It doesn’t matter what situation they come from. God doesn’t discriminate. He will respond when they ask, remember James 1:5 “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. “
One particular slide I spent a great deal of time on was this:
This is heaven’s deal when you keep God involved in your career plans. 6 beautiful promises you can read from the book of Proverbs.
I was preparing a deck yesterday and had to look for the etymology of the word “career”. This word originates from the Latin word “carrus” which meant a “wheeled vehicle”. Your career is a journey, it’s not a place you arrive at, or a situation you find yourself in right now. Your career is a continuous journey from one stage of your life to another.
LOVE your journey. It gets exciting!
Who’s in charge of your life?
Early in their marriage, Bill and Vonette Bright (founders of Campus Crusade for Christ) drew up a legal document listing all their possessions and assigned ownership of these to Jesus Christ. This clearly sets their foundational belief, they own nothing. Everything is the Lord’s.
I’ve often been asked, “What do you do when you lose your job? You certainly cannot stop the bills from coming on time.”
Good question. And we also cannot ignore that the situation will bring extreme stress to the family.
I’ve been there. I’ve experienced it. I had my doubts, fears, and troubles.
We receive a number of prayer and counseling requests every day at the CBN Asia Prayer Center, asking prayers for financial provision. We hear you when you call, when you cry, and when we pray together. God hears you, too. He listens to every word. He sees every tear breaking your heart.
Look up to the heavens, especially at this difficult time. “Praise God my soul” (Psalm 146:1), praise God. Everything is well.
Let the words from Psalm 46:1-3 encourage your heart. Meditate with your family the truth that…
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. “
Now let’s look at these important steps to take with the situation at hand:
- Give. Honor God through giving EVEN through tough times. It speaks volumes about how you PUT GOD FIRST by continuing to give. Let your faith work as God responds. Read Malachi 3:10 and be encouraged at how God will pour immeasurable blessings on you and your household. You will not have enough room to store His blessings!
- Pray. Tell God everything. Now’s not the time to be shy. Tell Him what’s in your heart. Be prepared to listen, because God will certainly tell you a lot through His words in the Bible. Follow what He says you need to do.
- Review your budget. Sit your family down and review your budget. Make a detailed list of your needs.
- Prioritize your expenses. Food and shelter should be numbers 1 and 2. Everything else should be measured strictly. Save on utilities (electricity, water, and gas) and list down everything you spend on.
- Things to avoid. Do not spend on entertainment until you get a job and save at least three times of your current salary. This means stopping movie expenses, restaurant meals, unnecessary expenses on clothes, etc.
Let God take an active role in your finances, He loves to provide for you.
Give Him the opportunity to work a miracle right now.
Ask Him to take over.
“Every leader faces tough times — and that’s when leaders distinguish themselves and show who they really are.”
I have been through very difficult situations as a leader. These are times I preferred to just disappear because, honestly, I often caused the mess. Experience has made me realize the value of owning the mistakes. Do not pass the blame. Take it, cherish it and pay the price… then move on.
It’s a blessing that we get the opportunity to RESET life tuwing New Year. Parang computer na nag-hang lang ang peg, RESET mo lang OK na ulit.
Naalala ko tuloy ang story ni Jonah sa Bible. God had specific instructions for him to go to Nineveh. God had a plan, but Jonah disobeyed God and instead traveled the opposite direction, to Tarshish. Poor Jonah ended up swallowed by a monster fish. Buti na lang nag RESET si Jonah.
I enjoyed talking to 35 faithful CBNAsia Pastors/Partners today at the Asian Center for Missions, Makati. The topic was based on Pat Robertson’s book, The Secret Kingdom (Law of use and reciprocity) and the Wealth With Purpose module “Are you struggling to talk about money?” and “Why do people GIVE?”.
I’ll gather up a few testimonies/feedback from the participants in the coming days. We all thank our Lord for blessing this event. I pray to see you all back again on February 15 for part 2!
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What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.
I want to bear fruit (Chuck Quinley, 2015)
Every sincere follower of Christ wants to share their faith. What holds us back is fear. This simple book was written to share a system of personal evangelism that puts God in charge. It allows introverts and extroverts to share their faith as God opens the doors without pressuring others or embarrassing themselves. Nobody wants to be a pushy Bible-thumper–and we don’t have to! God wants us to bear fruit for Him and this book, which has revolutionized lives around the world, will help you learn how.
As a leader, you need to know the great difference between living in history and learning from it. Was 2016 a leadership disaster? Did you steer the ship a little or totally off course? Were people hurt? Dapat mong malaman na hindi ito ang katapusan ng pagiging leader mo, may pag-asa ka pa na baguhin ang pamumuno mo ngayong 2017.
If you’re a leader who has lost a round, there’s always hope to regain your fight to win the match this 2017.