What you are doing with your life? – Words to Live by
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowanAs a pastor I really try to get people to THINK! To really THINK about what you are doing with your life and why they don’t have the peace, purpose, prosperity, passion, and abundance they deserve. I also let people know that it is never too late…you are always right on time…Here’s the important thing , if they’re going to spend their consciousness of Christ and the consciousness of the abundant life that Jesus himself said we are to live,(John 10:10) . It starts with awareness! Awareness is always the first step to change. The lessons I share with people in our church and everywhere I go are about awareness and the great news is that you get to choose what you want to do with your new awareness. There are only two things you can do with your brainpower. You can either spend it, or you can invest it. Time spent (wasted) is gone forever. However, time invested in the form of learning creates a lifetime of payoff in knowledge and increased prosperity and joy! Make today the day…decide right now that you are going to invest your greatest asset, which is your time, in learning and studying things that will bring you closer to God and your God given desires.
Human beings need contact, closeness, and affiliation. Connection is so important that solitary confinement is often used in prison as a means of punishment. People are generally happier when they feel close, connected, loved, and appreciated. And, the most common psychological disorder in people is depression. What is depression? Depression sets in when the gap is too wide between how one thinks life should be vs. how it is. And the biggest contributor to depression is loneliness, feeling rejected, alienated, disconnected, and separate from other people. SO ALWAYS… GET CONNECTED! Notice how often much more you get done with people helping. And, notice how often you want to ask someone for help, but are reluctant either because you are afraid you may be turned down, or you will be perceived as weak. The first impulse most people have when OFFERED help is to say NO! and,… the first impulse most people have when asked for help is to say YES!
So, remember to engage the power of relationships by asking for help! To do that, you must change the association you may have between asking for help and appearing weak. Rather than associate WEAKNESS with the thought of asking for help, associate STRENGTH instead.
Every human being longs to be seen and heard, yet this very basic desire is too often denied to those who need it most…The sick who need to be healed. The broken who need to be held. The despondent who need reassurance. We all have a great need for someone to acknowledge our strengths and struggles. My heart’s desire is to connect with you as a member of the Body of Christ and a member of our community on an individual basis—but time and distance make that impossible. After much prayer and preparation, the Lord has shown me how I CAN bring a word to YOU when you are struggling with fear, anger, finances, health or loss. I wanted a way to listen to your needs and share HOPE with you, personally, even though we cannot sit down together and talk. I have come up with a very effective, discreet, private, and convenient way for you to get support and encouragement with your area of struggle whenever you needed. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, angry, struggling in your career or working through family conflicts, I have a very special way to help you if you’re interested, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you information on how you can share your heart with me, and let me share mine with you—you deserve to be heard! And you deserve to receive good solid biblical balance advice and insight. Hear Pastor Lonnie each Sunday live at the Miracle Center 5105 Walker St Ventura Ca,www.miraclecenterventura.com (805)644-7722 email@example.com
Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visitingwww.miraclecenterventura.com.