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Just recently, I shared to you a post that warned you the TEN HUMAN REGRETS (read it here). That post will get you thinking and pondering about what you've been through and what you've done in your life. For sure, you don't want to end up having all those or one of those regrets. You have to set your goal, and one way to set them is to know, what really matters in life. Now, I am going to share to you the TEN HUMAN VICTORIES.
  1. You reach your end full of happiness and fulfillment on realizing that you are all used up - having spent the fullness of your talents, the biggest of your resources, and best of your potential doing great work and leading a rare-air life.
  2. You reach your end knowing that you played at a standard concentrated excellence and held yoursef to the most impeccable of standards in each thing that you did.
  3. You reach your end in noisy celebration for having the boldness of spirit to have regularly confronted your largest fears and realized your highest visions.
  4. You reach your end and recognize that you became a person who built people up versus one who tore people down.
  5. You reach your end with the understanding that while your journey may have not always been a smooth one, whenver you got knocked down you instantly got back up - and at all times, never suffered from any loss of optimism.
  6. You reach your end and bask in the staggering glory of your phenomenal achievements along with the rich value you have contributed to the lives of the people you were lucky to serve.
  7. You reach your end and adore the strong, ethical, inspirational, and empathetic person you grew into.
  8. You reach your end and realize that you were a genuine innovator who blazed new trails instead of following old roads.
  9. You reach your end surrounded with teammates who call you a rock star, customers who say you're a hero, and loved ones who call you a legend.
  10. You reach your end as a true Leader Without a Title, knowing that the great deeds you did will endure long after your death and that your life stands as a model of possibility.
Your life may have become so filled with worries and senseless acts of distraction that you'd lost sight of the truth of what was most important. You'd lost sight of all you could do, right were you were. You'd forgotten the power you had to make change happen. And you'd disconnected from the hidden genius you were built to become. 
The point of this post? That you could choose to continue as you've been doing these past years - coasting through life and succumbing to the curse of small, daily neglect. And if you did, you'd end up in that first grave, a wasted victim of the costs to set out on the tablet of slate. Or you could choose the higher road. You could stand for leadership, excellence, and enthusiasm within your work and in your life. You could begin to Lead Without A Title and go for the rewards on the golden tablet. One choice would lead you into a form of living hell. The other, I can assure you, would lead you to the place of your dreams. You knew which choice you'd make.
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I I believe man was designated for accomplishment engineered for success. and endowed with the seeds of greatness. That includes you. You are valuable person, capable of great things.
However, if you've heard all of your life that you don't measure up, chances are good you believe it. If you've been repeatedly told that you have to win approval, you'll try to win it. If you're told daily that you are second rate, you just might begin to agree. That, my friend, is known as garbage-dump thinking and can be disastrous. For example, evangelist Bill Glass has learned through his prison ministry that approximately ninety percent of all inmates had been repeatedly told by their parents that they would end up in jail!
Tom Mullen, in his book, "Seriously, Life Is a Laughing Matter", tells of a fifteen-year-old girl named Amy who had always received straight As in school. Her parents were extremely upset when she received a B. "If I fail in what I do," Amy said in a note to her parents, "I fail in what I am." That message was part of Amy's suicide note. Input into the mind ultimately influences our behavior.
It is sad that Amy is far from being an unusual case. The number of teenage suicides specially in the US has tripled in the last decade to over thirty a day. Americans have been fed a lot of garbage. It's not what you do or have, it's what you are that's important. It's not disgraceful to fail - the disgrace is in refusing to try.
You are capable of great things. Use the ability you have and you'll be given more ability to use.


Say: Today, I will use what I have to do what I can.
Complete this: Today I will  _______________________.

Jesus talked about money and relationships in his most famous sermon - the Sermon on the Mount.
 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
As we consider our priorities, three relational truths from this passage are vital. First, notice that Jesus said we "cannot serve both God and money." He didn't say "should not" or "might not want to attempt to"; he said "cannot". Jesus teaches us that competing values cannot coexist. One will overwhelm the other.
Our modern-day answer is, "I'll manage my life better, and then I'll be able to do more! I'll find time for being completely committed to God and for making money - and for recreation and career and hobbies too!" Jesus says, "You cannot serve both God and money," and we think, "Well, Jesus obviously didn't understand how to multitask!" It doesn't matter how well you manage your life or how many labor-saving, time-saving devices you buy; if you try to hold on to competing values, one will always overwhelm the other.
And here's the strange thing: the lesser value almost always overwhelms the greater. Lesser values take less faith and less effort. The lesser value seems easier, and so it will constantly draw you in. Because to all appearances you can reach a lesser value more quickly, you'll be continually tempted to make it your first priority. Those who try to love both God and money end up loving just money.
Lesser values don't deliver on their promise. That's what them lesser! A while back, I received an email from a friend Bucky. He was on the cusp of a career change, with all of the energy, anxiety, and evaluation such a change creates for anyone. His son had asked him to spend college spring break driving around the old South, visiting all the places where "Dad grew up!" In the email, Bucky said, "I really can't afford to be gone righ tnow but decided that twenty years from now, no one will remember that I took time away for the rest of his life. Pray for our safety, and that I will be able to resist the temptation to do emails and make phone calls every night!" That's a choice for the greater value of relationships - choice for what will last.
There is a second truth here, found in Jesus's question, "Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing?" The answer is, "Of course it does!" The striking thing about the lesser values is that the more of them you achieve, the more you realize how little power they have to bring fulfillment. You end up lying awake in the middle of the night with these very words of Jesus running through your mind: "Doesn't life consist of more...?"
Revolutionary War hero Patrick Henry is famous for knowing something about values. His stirring cry "Give me liberty or give me death." is certainly a values statement - trumpeting his commitment to the value of freedom. He also had something to say about the value of a relationship with God over lesser things. Near the end of his life, he penned these words: "I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion. If they had that and I had not given them one shilling, they would be rich; and if they had not that, and I had given them all the world, they would be poor."
There is a third truth in Matthew 6 that has the power to refocus our lives. Jesus says to those he was teaching, "You have so little faith!" The question Jesus posed that prompted this exclamation was, "If God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you?" When you boit it all down, questions about priority are questions about faith. If I have faith that God will care for me, it frees me to live with certain set of priorities; if instead I feel that it's up to me to take care of myself, my priorities will go in a completely different direction.
In order to make your relationship with God and others the top priority, you're going to have to trust God like never before! If you're looking for a challenge, if you're looking for an adventure, you'll find it in having the faith to put your relationship first. 

(From Tom Holladay's "Relationship Principles of Jesus")