Complete Your PastSeries: Building Your Spiritual Life Plan
This month we’re talking about building a spiritual life plan. Completing the past is essential in designing a better future. We can’t ignore the past or wish it away. It must be addressed. If we drag it into the future - it will sabotage everything going forward. The beauty of Christianity is that it provides us with the ability to do away with the burdens we bear. What we’re talking about today will help you not only spiritually, but across the board.
After Action Review
- State what you wanted to happen.
- Acknowledge what actually happened. Three questions to ask:
- What are the disappointments I have experienced?
- What did I feel I should have been acknowledged for but were not?
- What have I accomplished that I’m most proud of?
- Learn from the experience.
- Peter is a great example. See Matthew 26.69-75; John 21; 2 Peter 1.13-15; 1.3-4.
- Unless we learn from our experiences, we will never grow.
- Adjust your behavior.
- James 1.22-25 - being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Regret Reveals Opportunity
- Paul most definitely experienced regret.
- Ephesians 3.8 - he calls himself the least of all the saints.
- 1 Timothy 1.15 - I am the foremost sinner. Written in present tense.
- There is real anguish there, coupled with his gratitude for the mercy of Christ. See 1 Timothy 1.16.
- Three benefits of regret: Instruction; Motivation to Change; Integrity
Discover the Advantage of Gratitude
- Gratitude keeps ups hopeful. Romans 5.1-5 - endurance produces character.
- Gratitude reminds us we have agency. Colossians 1.10 -bearing fruit in every good work.
- Gratitude improves our patience. Philippians 3.12-14. - I press on to make it my own.
- Gratitude expands possible responses.
- 2 Corinthians 4.1 - we have this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
- 2 Corinthians 4.15 - this ministry is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
- Now read 2 Corinthians 4.16-5.1. Now read, 5.7-8 - for we walk by faith, not by sight.
- Three simple suggestions:
- Bookend your day with prayer.
- Express gratitude for the gifts you do have.
- Journal about it.
- You will never have more of what you want until you become thankful for what you have. Gratitude for outrageous abundance takes away the fear of failure and discontent.
- God offers you outrageous grace, Ephesians 2.4-8a.