Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image..
This week I went back to the beginning to know who God says I am; what did He have in mind when He formed me? It all starts with the creation story, being in His image is thus a reflection of what He did during creation.
Very few people have a clear vision of what they would love to see come to pass. God knew what He wanted and spoke it into being. It takes courage to become a creator, fear holds us back from dreaming, it’s crippling.
Underlying most fears is the fear of helplessness when adversity comes; however this is wrong. Adversity is something to expect, prepare for and overcome-not fear. A courageous person is not someone who does not feel fear, but he fears the right things at the right time in the right way.
My only fear is the fear of not living out my ideals.
- Passion Driven
There isn’t enough time to waste in doing things we aren’t passionate about. When God saw what He had create, He was pleased. Many people are stuck in jobs they hate all with one alibi, they need money.
Money follows great ideas, you should never let a good idea chase after money. Grow that which seems small and the other things will come to you. No amount of money will ever make you wealthy; as soon as you get there, you raise the bar. Growth is part of life and so looking to an amount of money is like playing a losing game.
- Goal Oriented
God did things in an orderly manner-what needed to be done, when it needed to be done. A lot has been said about setting goals but here is a guide as to what you need to commit to throughout your life:
- Get serious– take on the responsibility to make a contribution on earth.
- Get smart– don’t be lazy in learning, don’t be casual.
- Get going– everything matters, all disciplines, no matter how small, affect each other. Do what you can then life will give you greater things to do.
- Get better– learn how handle the seasons of life; absorb every experience, respond by being touched without holding back emotions, reflect on the things you go through by gathering up your past and investing into your future and most importantly share, make others better with what you have.
- Get excited- stir up courage and commitment to make every encounter edifying and to ensure that you do not let anyone in your scope of influence leave without your words.
- Get away– balance your life; spirituality, relationships, career
God wanted to share heaven with man and so He gave him dominion. Here on earth marriage is the principle unit of empowerment. When a man and a woman come together in this union, for the mission God has given them they are unstoppable. However many couples do not realize this because they are casual about their God-given purpose together and do not take time to learn basics on how to stay together. No one plans for their marriage to fail, but if you do not specifically plan for success, you’ll inevitably fail. Here are two great rules:
- Enjoy the difference– man is a logical thinker, woman is an emotional feeler. Logic without passion is austere and lifeless. Passion without logic lacks order and stability. We complement each other.
- Loose the ties that bind– there is a misconception that marriage is the bringing of two families together to form one. However the truth is that marriage doesn’t combine two families into one, rather it creates a third family. At times parents may not agree and though it’s good to get parental consent, it’s not a scriptural requirement. The key consideration is doing God’s will.
God put limits to what man could do in the garden. Character is formed when you are chiseled by discipline and you remain in certain boundaries. However, adversity doesn’t build character, neither does success derail it.
Pay your ethical debt immediately, because in the long run it’s a real bargain. Don’t linger around temptation, resist it and don’t be casual. This is especially critical when in a position of leadership, you have a choice of how you’ll be seen-but you will be seen one way or another.
You were created to do great things, however this nature is not determined by nurture, rather by choices. Where you were born, lineage, environment, has nothing to do with your destiny. I challenge you to be in the image of God, standing out isn’t a product of nurture.