4 step outline to great story telling, preaching and selling.

Start slow, Go low, Rise higher, Catch fire!

1. Start slow (slow pace, soft, building rapport, overview… prior to ruminate, pray, prepare but start soon enough)

2. Go low (basics, simple, relatable, rich and deep storyline)

3. Rise higher (build pace, encouraging, great challenge)

4. Catch fire (fervant emotion, climax, hot white, victory)

8 things to quit, rather start, in 2019.

I am listing one of these each week for 8 weeks as a Calendar pop-up reminder. I hope you do the same, similar or maybe something better.

I use that for all kinds of things beyond the routine stuff, like goal reminders and affirmations. Simple but effective. #PlannedReminders

Even better, invert the negative into a positive affirmation. Ex…”I am intentionally pleasing a select few people today.” vs “I am no longer trying to please everyone.” or maybe you prefer a hybrid,

1. “I am intentionally pleasing a select few today vs. trying to please everyone”.

2. “I run toward and embrace change rather than fearing it. It’s an opportunity to get ahead and innovate.”

3. “I thrive in the present. Right now! The past, though worth learning from, is history. The future, which I plan for, is an unfulfilled promise. The present is my gift! Carpe Diem!”

4. “All I can do is all I can do but all I can is enough. I am NOT overthinking. Simple wins more time than NOT.”

5. “I am endowed upon high with unique and super talents. I am different for a special purpose.”

6. “I invest my time and energy sacrificially. It is worship not unto any person but my Creator.”

7. “Every day I am getting better in some way; ‘Kaizen’. My best is good enough.”

8. “I am purpose; on mission. I have SMARTER goals and strategies for achievment. I measure what matters and inspect what I expect, from myself 1st and others 2nd.”

Simple Trust in the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

“Lord, my heart is not haughty,

Nor my eyes lofty.

Neither do I concern myself with great matters,

Nor with things too profound for me.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,

Like a weaned child with his mother;

Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

We should focus and deal with things we can influence directly and not get lost in speculation, ‘pie in the sky’ concepts. We shouldn’t get distracted with the nebulous like speculative prophesying nor with anxiety about the future and stuff beyond us. We are time stuck and resource limited. But take heart, we serve a God who is well beyond all that. One day is as a thousand years to Him. He knows best. Before, during and after our work is done we just need to ‘trust, obey and pray’, simple as that. Not necessarily easy as a beginner or during challenging times but that is what we most certainly are called to do. Will we rise up or cower down? Will we allow Satan influence our old man to flex his anxiety muscles or overcome all that by abiding in the Spirit?

We need to trust God, simple true trust. We are wise to let go and let God with the things outside of our grasp. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have stretch goals and endeavor to do great works but rather we need to focus our efforts on the here and now and what is up next. Like Thoreau said, have lofty dreams but then put legs under them.

There is a time and place for everything not everything at once.

We are wise to take David’s lead and intentionally quiet our minds. It is a discipline to train ourselves to relax and be still. That is often when God speaks to our souls. Like weaning a child to eat on its own we must exercise control to not control. So then we can control what we can and forgo and trust God with what we can’t.

A wise person does the best he can, when he can, with what he’s got. Yes there will be rainy dark days we need to be prepared for but more importantly as we heed God’s commands, walk in His ways and put first things first we no doubt can be fully assured of His overarching and sure blessing. Let’s approach God not with complaints as the ungrateful, backsliding, idolic Jews who left Egypt but rather as trusting, obedient children of the most High.

All I can do is all I can do but all I can do is enough, good Lord willing.