Walking In God’s Favor: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Roman 8:28
Do You Put People Before Possessions?
We Christians in America have become so materialistic in our thinking. You have probably heard someone say, ” The one who dies with the most toys wins” or “The one with the gold makes the rules.”
The things in this world are temporal, but the things of God are eternal. I believe Jesus Christ is returning for a people – not possessions. So, what are you doing to build intimate relationships with those you love? How are you investing your financial resources to better your relationship with God and meaningful others?
What Come Easy Won’t last Long And What Last Long Won’t Come Easy
When you develop intimate relationships, you do it one-to-one. Your attention is focused on one person. Their needs become your priority. Dr David and Teresa Ferguson, co-authors of Intimate Encounters says, “Intimate relationships takes time and communication”
Recently Ardella and I had the wonderful experience of celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary. For me the best part of the celebrating our anniversary is the time we spend together alone. No children, no grandchildren, we forget about our ministries, our investments, we turn off our phones and we take time to focus our attention on each other.
This includes sharing one’s feelings, putting others first, sympathetic listening, and caring for one another. Sharing your heart with family and having meaningful relationships with others is what life is truly about. Life is meant to be shared. Sharing the love of God with those we care about is priority for the Level 4 Steward.
Surround Yourself With People That See Your Value and Celebrate You For it
There is nothing like the power of your own life story. Everyone has a story to tell. How are you being blessed today? Sharing your life experiences with others encourages them and gives them hope. Tell others how you have overcome life’s struggles; how your faith brings stability in your life; how living by biblical principles gives you the wisdom to look around the corner to prepare for the storms of life. And finally tell others of your spiritual discovery for your life’s work.
You are invited! It’s Not About Us Ministries Wednesday 12noon September 4th at 224-D Church Street Downtown Huntsville, Alabama. I will lead a discussion on the “Principles of Loyalty” as a key spiritual factor in successful Christian relationships & businesses. Limited seating! RSVP Pastor Adolphus Elliott 256-755-1176 to reserve your seating. Refreshments with be provided. Underwritten by It’s Not About Us Ministries and open to the community.
Prayer of Blessings; Lord, help us keep first things first.
Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the podcast Better Husband Father Man hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency and the president of the Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the International Pathfinder Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.