Stop!!! Before you dismiss this blog due to the dare in the title, you’ve got to hear me out. If you are anything like me this is the time of year where you are already thinking ahead to 2011. Your asking for guidance, looking for direction, and beginning to set those goals for the upcoming year.
Well, those goals and resolutions you make are, my friend . . . ALL ABOUT CHANGE!
Do these questions sounds familiar? “So how do you recognize God’s call? How do you know what He’s directing you to do?” These questions are addressed in I Dare You to Change.
“Success and failure are directly related to our choices.” Pastor Bil Cornelius
If you’d like a successful jump start on 2011 and the rest of your life – you have got to read this book. It is bringing clarity to my goals, and most of all giving me the determination to put action steps to them.
I double dog dare you to take the I Dare You to Change pledge. I did!
I’m also honored to be under the leadership of Pastor Bil at Bay Area Fellowship. Let’s talk with him about change, goals, and talk about the difficult steps to get there:
(1) Why do you think God places promises beyond a person’s current reach?
God is interested in our growth more than our comfort. One of the biggest reasons why God gives us dreams bigger than our abilities, is so we have to depend upon Him for their accomplishment. Another phrase I use often is people use people to get tasks done, but God uses tasks to get people done! He gives you an assignment bigger than you are for one reason only…to grow you.
(2) How can a person protect herself/himself from slipping back into old habits?
The best protection from moving backwards is to always be moving forwards! This is why setting new goals is a continuing process…or as the Bible says, we go from glory to glory! Accountability is important as well as a strong routine, but nothing takes the place of forward movement!
(3) What has been the most difficult change for you?
The toughest change has been the acceptance that my time is limited. I can’t speak at every event, nor can I be available to everyone anymore. The price for God opportunities is to quit committing to good opportunities. God has a “best will” versus a “good will.” Limiting my schedule to the absolute highest uses of my time has transformed my life, family, and ministry. This will move you from success to significance, and it is worth it!
(4) How does someone go about changing their life when they feel so overwhelmed?
The first step when wanting to change something in your life, especially if overwhelmed, is to pray, and break it down into bite-size chunks of change. The prayer part is obvious, but most people don’t do it. Prayer releases God’s confidence in you, so you have the vision and power from God to move forward. What comes next is a good strategy: if something is overwhelming you, it’s typically because we are thinking of changing everything at once (or one really large change) rather than breaking into a series of smaller changes. You may not be able to own a high rise in New York City, but you can buy a small fixer-upper home, work on it, get it rented, then do it again. If you are consistent enough with this, then within a few years you can sell it, take your profits and reinvest them into a 4 to 6 unit. Sell this a few years later, and you can invest into a 15 to 20 unit. Sell this a few years later and reinvest into a small office building. Sell this…you get the point. It’s all about taking baby steps first. Another angle is if you want to lose 50 pounds, lost 5 first and keep going.
(5) What was your inspiration when writing your new book, I Dare You To Change?
My inspiration was actually a desperation to change myself. All of us have areas we need to change, yet few make the changes they want. Making this even worse is the fact that those who do change, when asked, give us a humble platitude for how they did it like, “well, I’m just lucky,” or “you know, God is just good to me.” Those are both true for the changed individual, but I guarantee they also had a plan in place and they worked their plan. I wanted to take the mystery out of life change without taking the miracle out with it.
(6) How have you seen, the message of your book, impact you or members of your congregation?
By far the best part of what I do is having a front-row seat to changed lives. I have the privilege of seeing people take the steps this book teaches and really change. There is no greater satisfaction in the world than knowing you are in God’s plan and making a difference in people’s lives. I have seen people who were on the brink of divorce, choose to fall in love again. I’ve seen a single-mother with little career prospects, double her income. I’ve also seen too many to count of people who just lived out of control lives with no purpose, discover that God has a greater path for them.
Yes, amazingly, change is possible for everyone!
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