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week we talked about crafting our future and I introduced
the first part of a three part series. I used the word crafting
because as we create our future, it is an art form. It is
not something that is carved in stone. We do not know what
our future holds. All we know is who holds our future. Therefore,
this art form takes shape day by day. It is an oil painting.
It begins by painting a picture in your mind of what God
has called you to do, what God wants you to be, and what
your future will look like. As you paint this picture in
your mind make sure you use oils and not watercolors. Watercolors
are permanent. You get one try at it and that's it. An oil
painting can be shaped and it can be redone over and over
again until it just continues to take shape and you see
the hand of God at work helping you to create this incredible
piece of art. So, as we craft our future, it begins with
vision. It begins with dreaming and understanding the picture
in our mind. From there we need to take the next step and
we need to start taking action and doing something about
the vision that God has given to each of us.
recently saw the movie entitled Collateral. It is a rather
violent movie; however, there is an interesting side bar
within the movie. There is a cab driver and he is the best
taxi cab driver in all of Los Angeles. He knows how to get
from point A to B and he has it timed to the second. He
makes every single person realize when they get into his
cab that he is not really a cab driver. He says this is
just a temporary job for him. His vision and his dream is
to create the most incredible limousine service the world
has ever seen. It is not long before you realize that he
has been driving the cab for twenty years! His vision was
to have a spectacular limousine service. He painted the
picture in his mind and there it stayed for twenty years!
Some of us have dreams that we have had and pictures that
we have started and painted in our mind and twenty years
later they are nothing more than a picture in the mind.
it is time to take our faith and to turn it into action
because scripture says, "Faith without works is dead."
(James 2:6) It's time for us to put our faith into action
and do something about the pictures that we have in our
brain. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that "Faith is the assurance
of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
However, we need to realize faith without the works continues
to be the unseen. God wants us to take the pictures and
make them a reality. How do we do this? It begins by actually
taking the picture that is in our mind and putting it on
paper. Take your dream and your vision and the goal that
God has for your life and write it down. Put it on a piece
of paper. Make a blueprint. After you make a blueprint,
it is time to do a feasibility study. Discover your obstacles.
What are you up against? What kind of funds are you going
to need? What kind of permits are going to be required?
Finally, it is time to realize that you are going to have
to tear down the walls and obstacles. Realize that you will
have to modify the plan. Remember, you are creating your
future with the ability to be able to shape and to mold
as God directs, guides and delivers. It begins by creating
a blueprint. Where do you want to go? Where do you want
to be in fifty years from now, ten years from now, five
years from now, six months from now?
am excited about the future of this ministry. What I am
most excited about is our Houses of Power. I believe that
in the next five years, we are going to have over one thousand
Houses of Power across America. That means that if you are
a viewer of the Hour of Power, you can visit within a few
miles of your home, with other possibility thinkers, who
believe in the positive message of Jesus Christ and you
can share with them the dream and the plan that God has
for your life. You can receive support and start to grow
spiritually. If you want to see how to do this, you may
go online to http://www.hourofpower.org/
and click on the Houses of Power link. You can allow the
Holy Spirit to guide and direct and you can start or participate
in your own House of Power and become part of this exciting
development in spiritual growth.
you continue to do the exact same things you are doing today,
don't expect to have any different results than you have
had for the last year or two with whatever steps you have
been taking for spiritual development. If you expect different
results, you have to do something different. The best way
to learn something, the best way to grow in something, is
to take a leadership role and start to take a leadership
responsible position on something like our Houses of Power.
believe that faith is action. It begins with prayer because
prayer without faith is dead. It continues with action because
faith without works is dead. You must realize that works
without love is dead. As we talk about growing spiritually,
we also have to talk about how we are going to take care
of our neighbors and our friends. I am reminded of the events
that have taken place in Florida. I have some dear friends
from Florida and they were telling me how devastated the
economy and the people are in Florida after the series of
hurricanes they have experienced. Businesses have had to
remain closed. Think about your own business. What would
happen to you if you had no income for several months while
the weather prevented you from being able to operate your
business? It would be devastating. I believe there are ways
for us to help. I know there are many people who are going
to be taking a vacation in the next six months. I know we
can go to Florida and spend our money in Florida and help
the economy in Florida. Isn't that a great idea? I’m going to be celebrating my wedding anniversary in November. So I
am going to go to Florida. I am going to spend my dollars
there. I am going to support the people in Florida. It is
amazing how just a little bit can make a big difference.
you have an idea, if you have a dream, if you have a goal
for your life, it begins be getting the picture in your
mind. Then you have to create a blueprint. Once you have
the blueprint it is time to go and look at all of the different
obstacles that are going to keep you from making it happen.
What are the obstacles you face? Money? It's usually an
obstacle. Most people don't have enough money. In fact I
rarely have met an individual who says they have more money
than they know what to do with. Permits and license? Is
your idea or goal something that is desired? Is there a
market? You need to look at the feasibility of your goal
and then you simply start chipping away and knocking the
walls down. Don't get stuck in the rut of saying everything
has to be perfect before you can move forward, because perfection
is never going to happen. That is the rut in which the cab
driver found himself in the movie, Collateral. The situation
had to be perfect. So for twenty years, he had this vision
that was absolutely perfect and he couldn't start because
he knew he couldn't obtain perfection and he became stuck
in the desire for perfection.
have some of the finest architecture in the world here on
this campus. Richard Neutra developed the first phases of
the buildings. One day my father walked around the garden
with Richard and said, "Isn't it perfect?" Richard
replied, "It's very beautiful, but it's not perfect."
My father said, "What do you mean it's not perfect?
What is the matter?" Richard said, "well I'm not
going to tell you. I can see what is imperfect and if I
tell you, whenever you look at it from now on, the imperfection
will bother you." After some further discussion, Richard
said, "Well, I will tell you one thing. You see this
reflecting pool here? Look at the tiles." My father
said, "Yes, aren't they beautiful?" Neutra said,
"Sure they are beautiful but they are wrong. The tiles
are supposed to go parallel with the lines of the pool.
Instead they were installed at a diagonal so they are at
the wrong angles. They are not parallel." My father
looked at it and agreed... And it has been bothering him
can never obtain perfection. You do as much as you can.
You can get close and you reach a point where it is time
to make a decision to do something. You are the person who
is creating the picture, to whom God has entrusted this
idea, and you are the one who has to make the decision when
it is time.
is a poem authored by Edger Guest that says,
You are the person who has to decide whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.
You are the person who makes up your mind whether you’ll lead or linger behind.
Whether you’ll strive for the goal
Or just be contented to stay where you are.
is the point where you make the final decision. You either
say "I'm going to try something new because I'm not
satisfied with my spiritual life and where I am today,"
or you don't. You either say, "Jesus you’ve been calling me for
a long time and I'm going to say yes to you. I give my life
to you," or you don't. There comes a time where you
fish or you make bait. I like to fish. The first thing I
have to do before I go fishing is to find bait. If you don't
have bait, you are not going to catch fish. I may spend
two or three hours until I have some bait and I never ever
have enough. There comes a time when I know the day is going
by so I have to decide if I am going to fish or am I going
to make bait? There comes a time when I say, "it's
time to go fishing" and I quit making bait and I go
fishing. Nothing is perfect. You will never have enough.
There will always be a need for more. There comes a time
where the crafting plays an important role. That is where
you make your decision and start tearing down the obstacles
that keep you from being the person that God has called
you to be and fulfilling the call that He has given to you.
You have to start modifying the picture because it is never
going to be exactly what you want. It is not going to happen.
take place in our lives where suddenly you realize that
you are not in control. The blueprint that you have does
not work exactly right. You don’t throw the whole thing
away. You just modify it.
have to remember that success is not getting to the end
with the most toys. Success isn’t getting everything
we want. Success is the journey, having the faith to take
the steps to move in the way that God has called us and
to say thank you to God for the blessings that He has given
us. Thank God for His direction. Thank God for everything
because everything you have is a blessing from Him.
with me: Dear Heavenly Father we thank you that you are
alive, that you are real, that you are here today and so
continue to paint within our minds the visions, the hopes,
the aspirations, the dreams, the goals, the purpose that
you have for our lives. So equip us, strengthen us and enable
us to have the faith to move forward with you today, tomorrow,
and always. Amen.