Diverted from the Plan

Last Sunday morning I was inspired by a message.  It was one I absolutely needed to hear.  The greatest moments in life, I find, are those that inspire and create change.  Good change, forward momentum and a life of action and purpose are inspiring.  Sometimes we get diverted from those plans and purposes.  Sometimes those things are not bad things in and of themselves but if they take away from something greater, something better, then how good can they be?

So I ask…

What is your direction?

Is it pointed the right way, to the right destination?

I’m not just talking about lifetime goals but also the goals for each season of life.  Are you where you want to be?  Are you who you want to be?  Are you headed in the direction you wish to be going?  These are all simple questions of course.  But it’s important to ask them.

When is the last time you evaluated your own life?

Ouch right?  Well maybe not for you.

It is so easy to evaluate others lives, to point out their own need for improvement.  Let’s not forget friends… they could have a longer list of improvements for you than you would like to know.

What kind of world would it be, if we all stepped off the racetrack of life and looked at ourselves from someone else’s perspective?  Aimed to improve on some qualities we may have tried to hide in the past or at least forget about.  What if we all aimed to be a better version of ourselves?  I’m not asking you not to be you.  But I am asking you not to sell yourself short.  Stop believing that you’re not good enough, smart enough, capable enough to be better, to show improvement.  Do the work and finish the work you once started.  How many of us have started something GREAT?  Overtime we loose sight of the end goal, purpose and plan.  It is now time to pick the plan up and start working to finish it.

We have been created, called and sent for a purpose.  What’s your purpose?  What’s your plan?  When are you going to finish it?

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A True Friend

Proverbs has a lot to say about friendship.  Today I am reminded of what a precious gift true friendship can be.  In the midst of our crazy busy lives it is easy to take our friends for granted and not show appreciation and love for them.  It is easy to breeze right by the important stuff while worrying about what tomorrow holds.  I’ve always told myself to live life in the moment, to try and learn from my past, and plan for my future, while living life today.  That is much easier said than done.

When was the last time you showed true appreciation for the friends in your life? When was the last time you were open and honest with them about who they are to you as a friend?

Proverbs have many verses on friendship but I’ve picked out a few of my favorites.

The godly give good advice to their friends… Proverbs 12:26

A friend is always loyal… Proverbs 17:17

A real friend sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship. Proverbs 24:26

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27:9

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

I hope and pray that I can be the type of friend described in Proverbs.  My hearts desire is to offer good advice, remain loyal, stick closer than family, answer honestly, counsel with heartfelt love and sharpen my friends to be the best version of themselves.  It’s a huge challenge.  I step back for a moment and ask myself, what kind of friend am I?

What kind of friend are you?

God has purposed and planned our lives to be “in relationship” with God and with people.  Who are the people, the friends, that God has blessed you with?  Are you the friend God wants you to be?  Are you the friend you want to be?

I make this challenge to be a reminder to live life for the important things, the things that matter.  These happen to not be “things” at all but instead, people, friends.

It is so very true, and such a beautiful piece of wisdom.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. “Proverbs 27:17