What we can achieve when we work together...
When I was in middle school it started, and then it continued in high school, and yes it was there in college. It was never my wish it wasn’t something that I dreamed up. It was put on my and I had no choice. Group projects. Arghh! You know where you have to work with other classmates and achieve a common task. You know the way it is supposed to work, everyone does their part and then the work is graded all together. I was never very comfortable depending on other people. I just want to get it done and do it right the way that I see it, not having to give into other peoples ideas. I am sure that you have experienced it in your life as well and if you haven’t yet before you leave middle school it will happen. So what is the deal with group projects and working together? For me it comes down to this. When I look back to my school years I realize that we never ever worked together. We fought each other and in the end the strongest personality usually ended up doing all the work and we never truly understood team work. That is why I never enjoyed having group projects. Now fast forward to my life today, and I enjoy working with others and doing things in a collective vision. What changed, I will be honest the thing that changed was me. I came to a place in my life that allowed me to not be threatened by other ideas. Check out what God has to say about working together…Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. We are stronger when we work together as a team. When we seek to do something that is worth doing it is better to do it with others. We are stronger and we are better. It has been said that Team work makes the dream work we all want to do something that is great with our lives. May be we have tried and failed. Sometimes we fail not because the thing that we are trying to do can’t be done. But maybe the thing that we are trying to do can’t be done alone. God has given us people all around us who are good at different things. When we bring all the people together with a common goal, it is amazing. Things get done, new ideas come our way, and the whole process is awesome! Working together as a team, supporting each other is awesome and that is the way God has set up the life that we are to live. Nothing enriches the story of your life more than team work, achieving a common goal together. So as you write the story of your life, make it a point to include others.
Making the most of your goals ...
If you were asked to write a letter to yourself and in that letter you were asked to write about your life in ten years what would be in it? What will you life look like in ten years? Have you ever thought about it, have you ever thought about what is most important to you, so important that you would make it a goal to have it still be around in ten years?
In order to write the story of your life you have to have a plan for the story of your life, you have to have goals. Things that you want to see achieved in your life time. Very few people just fall into greatness. Those who do great things for others set goals to great things, and then they achieve those goals. It can be said that goals are dreams with deadlines. We all have many dreams but we need goals because dreams that don’t have deadlines typically never come to be. So where will you be in ten years? What will be your story? God has powerful words to say about dreams and goals. Check this out Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. What about you do you move with diligence or do you just run about waiting for things to happen? I know that some of you have goals and dreams, but do you have a plan to get it done? Have you ever thought through the goal and the dream enough to consider if it was worth your time to go after? As we move though life, life will happen and it will continue to move forward for sure, but will you remember today in a week, a month, a year? That is a question that has been rattling in my mind for some time now. “Will I remember today?” As I grow older I realize that many of my days are spent and done and well nothing great really happened and then I ask the question will I remember today? Chances are if I did not have a God encounter or something else substantial happen I will not remember today in a week. That is a hard fact to live with. We all only have a certain number of days to use to change the world. So what are you doing with yours? How are you using your days? Check this out Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. We have looked at this verse before but it says so much about life. If we want to live the best life ever then we have to follow this verse and the words of wisdom that come from it. Do you trust God most of all? Why or why not? Tough question to process. In this new year it should be a goal of yours. To trust God with everything and allow Him to guide you in the story our your life… His story will be the best story that you could ever live!
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Written and Posted by The XGT Experience Team of leaders