Walking in God’s favor: No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love. Ephesians 4:15-16 Message Bible
Words may lie, but action will always tell the truth
The truth is, we all have areas in our lives that we need to grow in. Your area of growth is probably different from my area of growth. We must truthfully acknowledge our area of weakness and face it.
My truth is I waste far too much time watching TV, surfing the internet and on social media. After reading Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Drive Life ” I was motivated to initiate 3 immediate changes in my life.
1. I would begin to limit the amount of television, internet and social media I consumed.
2. I would spend the best time of my day in prayer, read my bible and something positive.
3. I would release my spiritual side and invest time growing my inner man.
Live a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside
My purpose was to seek the highest potential for my life. It has made an incredible difference. After making these 3 seemingly small changes I have been motivated to write this blog and self-published several books with Ardella. Our purpose is to share the goodness of God in our lives with family, friends and meaningful others. I now choose to invest my time and develop my talents wisely.
Level 4 Stewards are willing to do whatever it takes reach their highest potential. Are you willing to do your part. Yes you have an extremely important role in your spiritual discovery. You are called for a moment like this in time. You are given unique gifts to develop over your lifetime and you have an assignment or purpose that you have the potential to fulfill.
Prayer of blessing: Lord teach us to the live and speak the truth in love.
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 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”.