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Get Ready, Get Set, Go! 3 Things To Do To Regain Focus in 2014

Regain Focus

Are you ready to regain focus?

As you know, Saturday June 21, 2014, loosely marks the half way point of the year and summertime begins.  The question becomes, what do we need to do in order to finish the 2014 race in a productive way?  Of course, there are many things but for sake of brevity,let me suggest three (3):

 1.  Get off the race track for a minute

Like most champions, most of us have a “must do” perspective.  We feel like we must keep running even though we are running on adrenalin.  That means our tanks are empty but our drive is high to keep pushing.  However, in the long run, if not careful, we end up completely zapped of energy and somewhat disabled to keep going.  At some point we “lose” the race because we are gassed out.  Travel Agent Tammara Broadnax Mitchell says, it is important to “work hard, but play harder.”  I agree.  In other words, TAKE A VACATION!!!! I know, these are tough times but taking a vacation is not as difficult or expensive as you think.

2. Reevaluate your strategy

Often, we try to go forward without evaluating what’s working and what is not.  If we don’t reevaluate, we may continue to run inefficiently with the same impediments.  In essence, we run faster and harder but we don’t gain ground on the race.  Instead, we fall further and further behind where finishing the race becomes more and more of a chore.  There are some strategies we can implement but it takes some work to implement them.  However, it is well worth the struggle to do so.

 3. Re-calculate the distance to the finish line

Good runners have the innate ability to recalculate time and distance.  In essence, it is not always the most physically fit runner that wins. Instead, often, it is the runner who looks strategically at how far s/he has to go and then does what is necessary to get there first even if it means overcoming: perceived present challenges; competition; or even naysayers on the sidelines who  have written us off.

Recalculation requires a remembrance of one’s purpose, vision, preparation, and objectives to be accomplished.  Even more, it requires a reliance on God’s supernatural power to get us to and through to the finish line.

Some of these topics will be discussed in further detail on Sunday June 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm at The Potomac Adventist Book & Health Food Store.  Please feel free to register in advance so that materials can be prepared just for you.

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7 Ways to Decrease The Risk of Breast Cancer

7 Ways to Decrease The Risk of Breast Cancer and Live a Healthy Life

October 22, 2013, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, Priscilla Q. Williams, RN, Author, Speaker, Health & Wellness Coach and Nurse Consultant presented an awesome webinar on decreasing the risks of breast cancer.

According to Priscilla Q. Williams, RN, there are at least 7 ways to decrease breast cancer and live a healthy life.  The 7 ways include:

  • Exercise
  • Eating Healthy
  • Reducing Stress
  • Limiting Alcohol Consumption
  • Knowing Your Family History
  • Annual Breast Exams
  • Considering Genetic Testing

She emphasized the importance of “taking action”  early.  However, we learned that too many women wait until it’s too late and as a result the mortality rate is higher than it has to be.  She provided great insights on and examples of easy ways to decrease the risk but stated clearly that those steps must be taken on a consistent basis.


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Optimized Energy is Produced in Our Souls

Optimize Productivity By Optimizing Energy, Part 1

Optimized Energy is Produced in Our Souls

Energy is our capacity to take action, do work,and overcome resistance.  It is that internal power which makes it possible for us to be effective in every area of life.  In order to optimize energy, we must have congruence between the mind, body and soul because a lag or snag in any one those areas may cause less than optimal energy and productivity.

Optimized energy is produced in our souls and when it is located and maintained properly, we become empowered to accomplish great things.  This type of energy also provides us with the capacity to keep going and going and going kind of like the energizer bunny but with knowledge, wisdom, spiritual understanding and balance.  It is because of this that we find the garden of pleasure which produces more and more optimized energy in our lives.  The garden of pleasure is located in our souls.

Optimize Productivity by Optimizing  Energy

Optimize Productivity By Optimizing Time Management

Optimize Productivity by Optimizing Time Management

Thee are four key components to Optimize Productivity:

Optimize Productitivy with STEM

Time Management

In order to optimize productivity we should optimize the way we manage our time.  For most, that means getting some type of time management tool or computer application that purports to keep us on track.  However, we usually do not manage time well even with those tools because they are not designed to help us to manage life as a whole.  In other words, before we can manage the minutia of time, we need to consider the macro picture of time which ultimately will give us a sense of purpose.

What Time Really Is…

What Time is

There are certain aspects of time that can only be planned for and there are other aspects that can be both planned for and managed.  The longer the time span, the lesser our ability to manage.  However, there is no aspect of time that cannot be planned for.  For example, eternity is the longest time span that we as humans are capable of considering.  We can plan for eternity based on the decisions that we make here on earth.  Even though we cannot manage eternity, when we make the right plans by believing on The Lord Jesus Christ, we are given access to eternity and we are also given a new normal and a new sense of Kingdom purpose.  Additionally, when we plan for life and the times and season we will endure in life, we soon come to realize that life is short and within the context of life, we have certain seasons that will determine the type of planning we need to do in order to be “on purpose” and “in season” in all that we do.  For example, there are phases that every human goes through such: learning, earning, providing, retiring, and ultimately death.  Each phase must be planned for in prior seasons in our lives which is the essence of time management.  Of course, things change during certain times and seasons during our lives and there are some things we will not be able to anticipate but planning must be done.

OPtimize Productivity by Optimizing Time

Time That Must Be Planned and Managed

The time span that must be planned for and managed is the shortest amount of time: Years, Months, Weeks, Days, and Hours and Minutes.  This is where knowing what we are working in a macro sense becomes super important.  In other words, we can only manage that which are aware in total instead of just a few aspects of our lives.  For most, we have 7 areas of life: Spiritual Life; Family and Friends; House and Home; Finances; Work/School; Personal Care; Future Pursuits.  All of those areas must be planned our and then managed if we are going to be “optimally productive.”  It requires that we break down every area of life into manageable parts and then begin to manage each action step within each overall task in every area of life.  Taking these steps will lead to Optimized Productivity because we will have optimized our time management in total.

Optimize Productivity with The 777 Plan

Plot and Plan with Time Management Tools

Plotting time is done when we group like frequencies together and when we determine what is recurring vs what is a one time or immediate event that stands alone.  In essence, knowing that something is recurring takes stress out of re-planning for something that occurs on a regular basis.  Instead, we are made able to schedule the recurring things and then begin to assess when the immediate or one time things can be done in tandem with the things we know we have to do on a regular basis.  Additionally, by going through this process, we are empowered to determine if we have too much going on in a particular time frame (day, week, etc).  Hence, we begun to  manage time instead of time managing us.  That is very relieving and is very energizing.  Time management are best used with this part of the process because now we’ve got a handle on “everything” we’ve going on in our lives.  The tools I use are: The 777 plan which is a software -package which helps us to get a handle on every area of life; Microsoft Outlook which has a good calendar and task list; and my iphone calendar and task list that integrate well with Microsoft Outlook.  However, literally, there are thousands of plans, productivity apps, and technology available but what the best programs are those that work best for you.  One Size Does Not Fit All!

optimize Productivity with Time

We will be going into deeper detail during the 5 Week Online Optimize Productivity Training Course which begins on August1, 2013.

Also, next Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7pm, we will discuss the 3rd component of optimizing productivity– Optimizing Energy at a free webinar that you are invited to attend.  Click Here to Register.

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

Christian Productivity Trainer & Coach

Seminar & Workshop Leader

Author of Overcome Procrastination God’s Way

http://clarenceparks.com

http://optimizeproductivity.com

http://overcomeprocrastinationgodsway.com

http://the777plan.com

How To Optimize Productivity with a Good Macro System

Optimize Productivity LogoHow To Optimize Productivity with a Good Macro System

To optimize productivity means we get things done with the greatest degree of effectiveness and efficiency with consistency as much as possible.  In order to make that happen we need good STEM:

 

 

  • Systems
  • Time Management
  • Energy
  • Maintenance

For now, I will expound just  a little on systems.  A system is a process we implement in order to manage everything we’ve got going on in life.  For most, that means using a time management tool, calender day planner or app of some sort.  However, those tools are optimally effective when used in the context of a bigger picture.  Understand that those tools and resources are needed but don’t work as well without more robust consideration of the total picture.  In essence, the aforementioned tools help us to manage the micro system of time but not the macro system of life which includes more than time.  For example, one cannot run a business by running just one aspect (eg sales and marketing) without managing finance, human and real capital, research and development, production, etc.  Similarly, we cannot run our lives without considering every area of life.  Most people have at least seven 7 areas of life: Spiritual/Devotion, Family/Friends, House/Home, Finances, Personal Care, Work/School, and Future Pursuits.  Therefore, without considering the macro view of EVERYTHING we have going on in our lives, the type of tool or resource we use will be limited at best and ineffective at worst.  However, most people don’t take that view because we either don’t know how to or it seems to be too time consuming or laborious to do. Nevertheless, if we really want to optimize productivity in our lives, we need to get a grasp on the total, macro picture of our lives.

The Big Statement

Everything that operates must have a macro operating system that integrates and efficiently operates the collection of systems that operate in tandem with each other.  We will call those smaller interdependent systems: micro-systems.  For example, a computer has a macro-operating system (Windows 7 or 8, iOs for Macs, etc) that operates the smaller micro-systems and applications that perform specific interdependent functions.  Even God must have a macro system in order to integrate and operate all of the micro-systems that make of up the heavens, solar systems, eco-systems, world and human systems.  Otherwise, without, there would be utter chaos in an epic and apocalyptic way.

God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…. 1 Corinthians 14:33 and Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40.

Given the Scriptures above, in order for there to not be confusion (Greek: disorder) and for all things to be done decently and in order, He must have a macro-system in order to manage all that He has to manage.  I am not sure how to articulate the system God uses but there are a few things that I can articulate.  For example, God uses Godly wisdom which He shares with us.

The Lord possessed me (wisdom) [wisdom inserted in context] in the beginning of His way, before works of old. Proverbs 8:22 and Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and in all thy getting get understanding. Proverb 4:7

In other words, God uses His wisdom to manage His system and He invites humankind to use His wisdom in managing our macro-systems in life.  Also, He has given humankind many glimpses of how that wisdom can be applied in a practical way by us.  In fact, God even gives us a glimpse of a macro-system that we can apply.  In Joshua 18:1-6, the Children of Israel were less than optimally productive and actually were slack in taking full possession of the promised land.  Therefore, Joshua told them to do two things:

  1. Describe The Land (assess the whole situation by writing it down in total)
  2. Divide The Land into Seven Parts (break down the whole into manageable parts)

Assessment of the total picture is a macro-systemic view while division of the total whole is a micro-systemic view.  For us, a macro-systemic view means that we must consider how the 7 areas of our lives work as a conjunctive whole and then consider how each interdependent area functions.  Also included in this analysis, we must consider the tools and resources we use in order to manage all of this. Here are a few steps we can follow:

1. Assess Our Macro-System By Writing Down The Interdependent Areas We Have in Life (Describe the Landscape of Our Lives)

  1. Spiritual Life
  2. House and Home Life
  3. Family and Friend Life
  4. Finances
  5. Personal Care
  6. Work/School
  7. Future Pursuits
  8. ___________
  9. ___________
  10. ___________

2. Break Each Area Down Into 7 Manageable Action Steps (Divide the Landscape of our Lives):

  1. Overall Tasks for Each Area of Life ( These are broad categories of things that we desire to do in each area of life [eg In the House and Home Area of Life, we might have Overall Tasks of: Cleaning The House; Yardwork/Landscaping; Special Projects; Repairs, etc)

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  • 2. Action Steps to Accomplish Each Overall Task (These are more specific actions to be taken in each overall task for each area of life.  [eg In the House and Home Area of Life; under the overall task of Home Office, I will need to clear off desk and shed the unneeded paperwork that has stacked up.

Step 2_Break Down Overall Tasks

  • 3. Determine How Often Action Steps Will Need to Be Taken For Each Overall Task in Each Area of Life.

How Often Action Steps

  • 4. Determine What Day and/or Date You Will Perform Each Action Step For Each Overall Task in Each Area of Life

What Day or Date Action Step Performed

  • 5. Determine How Much Time/Money (the cost) to Perform Each Action Step

The cost of each action step

  • 6. Determine Who or What Can Help in Achieving Each Action for Each Overall Task in Each Area of Life

The Help of each action step

  • 7. Plot and Plan
  • Plotting means we group like frequencies (I-Immediate, D-Daily, W-Weekly, M-Monthly, Q-Quarterly, A-Annually) together.  By doing this, we can gain a macro-view on what we have going on immediately, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually.  With this macro-view, we can then determine which tools work best to help us to manage the micro-systems such as: Spiritual life, Family Life, House and Home Life, Finances, Personal Care, Work/School Life, and Future Pursuits.  At first glance, this may seem next to impossible to do given all we have going on in our lives.  However, we have developed a tool that automates the process.
  • Planning means we begin to schedule when and how we are going accomplish what needs to be accomplished in EVERY area of life not just a select few areas.  To do this effectively, we should schedule recurring (ongoing) action steps in a calendar (automated or manual) and then schedule the action steps that are immediate or one time action steps within the context of all the ongoing action steps.  Note:  there are many, many tools to help in this process (online calendars, apps, other technology, etc). However, again, many of these tools assume that you already have a grasp on the macro-view of your life and as a result only work to enhance or automate what we have acknowledged as important components in our lives.

We can Optimize Productivity when we have a good macro operating system that helps us to manage all of the interdependent micro-systems we have going in our lives.

Next week, we will discuss how we can Optimize Productivity by having a good time management system.

Be Blessed and Be Optimally Productive!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

Christian Productivity Trainer & Coach

Seminar and Workshop Leader

Author of Overcome Procrastination God’s Way!

email: clarence@clarenceparks.com

http://clarenceparks.com

http://overcomeprocrastinationgodsway.com

http://the777plan.com

http://optimizeproductivity.com

 

 

 

 

 

Learn How To Get Unstuck

If you are stuck and want to get unstuck, join Peace and Power Ministries for a 4 Day, Fun, Interactive, and Practical, Adult Vacation Bible School.

It starts in Tuesday May 28th through Friday May 31stat 7pm-9pm each night.

You will Learn:

1.) Where You Are Now and How to Get Where You Want to Go

2.) How to Confront Those Things That Keep you Stuck

3.) How To Gain Order In Every Area of Life

4.) How the Holy Spirit Can Help You To Get Unstuck

Get Unstuck

Get Unstuck: God Can Bring You Up

Get Unstuck: God Can Bring You Up!

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock. Psalm 40:2

Get unstuck: Take The JourneyMany of us are stuck because we are overwhelmed, exhausted, shell-shocked, heartbroken, lonely, afraid, worried, ashamed, or regretful.  Of course there are many other reasons.  However, the tragedy is, many people do not know how to get unstuck and as a result, we stay in a constant state of stuckiness for far too long.  When this happens, the quality of our lives begins to diminish.  Perhaps, it is somewhat comforting to know that throughout the course of history, we are not the only ones who have gotten stuck. For example, King David likened his stuckiness as as like being stuck in a horrible pit with miry clay.  Now, these days, we don’t typically use the word miry but in the Hebrew miry means sticky (like glue not like a thorn).  Therefore, King David was stuck in his situation just like many of us are.  However, unlike many of us, King David was willing to do something about it and I am so glad he did because he gave us a template that we can apply to our lives when we are stuck.  Here’s what he did:

1.) He acknowledged that he was indeed stuck.  He realized that he was in a horrible pit (which is interpreted as pit of noise where the noise was coming from the inside out) and that he was stuck (in miry clay).  This very important because if we do not acknowledge that we are stuck then we will certainly not get unstuck.  Instead, most likely, our condition will get worse and may experience extreme despair, depression or burnout.

2.) He acknowledged that God could bring him up and out of the horrible pit that he was in.  In Psalm 40:1, King Davids said, I waited patiently for The Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  His trust in God is what made it possible for him to endure the pain of being stuck in the rut that he was in.  he never gave on the notion that God could bring him up and out.  He just kept praying and believing that God would hear his cry. Not only did God hear him, he also answered him.  God brought King David up out of the horrible pit and took his feet out of the miry clay.  And thanks be to God, Who is no respecter of persons, will do the same thing for us.

God will bring us up and will help us to get unstuck!

If you are stuck then please feel free to join our church as we are going to Take The Journey From Stuck to Unstuck on Tuesday May 28th through May 31st for Vacation Bible School at Peace and Power Ministries located at 4501 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706.  If want to attend, and if you need more information then please feel free click here.

Take The Journey: From Stuck to UnstuckBe Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

http://clarenceparks.com

http://peaceandpower.org

Slay The Slothful Spirit– Develop Diligence

Slay The Slothful Spirit– Develop Diligence

In order to slay the slothful spirit we must have diligence.  Diligence means we take the painstaking effort to accomplish our desires.  What we should know is that there is a direct link between desire, diligence and accomplishment.

  • Proverb 13:4 says, “the soul of the sluggard desires and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat” which means we will prosper and flourish because our souls are prospering and flourishing.

In essence, when our souls are generating right(eous) desires, and we diligently pursue those right desires (take the pain staking effort to accomplish) then, we will get right results and it will be sweet to our souls.

  • Proverb 13:19 says, the desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. (Accomplished desires make our souls fat and sweet instead of destitute and bitter)
  • Note: Proverb 10:24 says, the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
  • Proverb 11:23 says, the desire of the righteous is only good.

As a result, we need to know what’s really driving us because many are diligently pursuing unrighteous desires which may get accomplished but will not provide the best results.

In order to ensure that we are diligent in the right desires we should take diligent inventory of our desires and know the condition of our souls.

  • Proverb 27: 23 says, be thou diligent to know that state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
  • Also, Hebrews 12:15 tells us to be “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”

The next thing we should know about diligence is that it is the direct opposite of slothfulness and provides the exact opposite results.  For example:

  • Proverb 22:29 says, “seest thou a man diligent in his business?  He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” (ie see a man who is not diligent he will sand before mean men)
  • Proverb 12:24 says, the hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute (forced labor).
  • Proverb 10:4 says, he becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

We should also know that there is a direct link between discipline and diligence.  Discipline is God’s instruction that we receive from His Word that guides us to prosperity and pleasures.  God speaks to us from the inside out; we hearken to it; then God guides us to prosperity.  Therefore, we should be diligent to seek and hearken to God’s instruction.

  • Hebrews 11:6 says, but without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
  • Deuteronomy 11:13-15 says, and it shall come to pass, if ye hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil and I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
  • Proverb 6:22-23 says, when thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakes, it shall talk with thee.  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

Being diligent requires:

  • Right thoughts—Proverb 21:5 says that thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness (tend = keep watch over; be in charge of; be incline towards)(plenteousness = making gain; progress)
  • Right hearts— Proverb 4:23 says, Keep thy heart will all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
  • Right spirits—Proverb 20:27 says the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (Note: God lights us up with desire and strength to be diligent to accomplish His desires)  See, Psalm 18:28-29 which says, for thou will light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

Please feel free to listen to the SlackBuster Show from the 4/30/13 Show that teaches these concepts and please feel free to download the fill in the blank worksheet that goes along with this teaching.

Slay The Slothful Spirit

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

Author.Speaker.Trainer.Coach

http://clarenceparks.com

Clarence J. Parks Enterprises

Slay The Slothful Spirit- Develop Discipline

Slay The Slothful Spirit- Develop Discipline

If we want to slay the slothful spirit we must have discipline.  Without discipline, we will be disciplined by the negative or difficult consequences that will surely follow. Really, discipline is a continuous decision we make to do and keep doing what is right.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, discipline is training that develops self-control that provides orderliness and efficiency in life.

In the Hebrew, discipline is defined in two senses:

 1.)  Instruction and training for life in order to live correctly; restraint; doctrine; and rebuke.

2.)  Correction

Discipline is necessary because the slothful spirit is always trying to distract us from doing what is right/good and what will yield the best results. Remember, the definition of slothfulness is to delude or betray (to cause to fall); beguile, deceive, throw, or shoot.

Also remember, we need to have discernment (ie be vigilant which means to stay awake; be watchful; to rouse from sleep or inactivity).  Because, without, we will waste time; not follow through with things; and ultimately life will become overwhelming and things will begin to fall apart.

What helps with having discernment is having an ear to hear discipline which gives us instruction of what’s right.  Job 36:10  says, He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity. Remember, discipline is instruction on how to live correctly. Proverb 8:33 says, hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

In other words, God has wired us all to be able to hear the voice of discipline (instruction) from the inside out. Discipline (instruction) comes by way of God’s Wisdom which is God’s Word that serves as the standard by which our lives should be lived.

Page 23 of Overcome Procrastination God’s Way  states, “God’s wisdom comes directly from the mind of God and is communicated to us through His Word– The Bible.  When God’s wisdom is embedded in our hearts, minds and souls, it teaches and instructs on what we should do and which way we should go.”

God’s wisdom and instruction also comes by way of external/vicarious experiences.  For example Proverbs 24:30-32 says, “I went by he field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the of the man void of understanding; and it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.” In essence, we can look around at our results or the results of others and receive instruction from that.

However, the main point about discipline (instruction) is we all have the freewill choice to either keep it (which means we do what it says) or refuse it (which means to dismiss it [control/alt/delete]).

If we keep it, then we will have good results.

  • Proverb 10:17 says, He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction
  • Proverbs 6:23 says, for the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.(reproof = reasoning; conviction brought by The Word which is brought back to our remembrance via the Holy Spirit John 14:26).

But if we refuse it, we will have bad results.

  • Proverb 10:17 says he that refuseth reproof erreth (lives in error).
  • Proverb 15:32 says

We can Slay The Slothful Spirit and get good results in life by developing discipline.

If you want to learn more, then you can listen to the replay of The 4-23-13 SlackBuster Show.  If you want to follow along, you can download the fill in the blank worksheet at http://clarenceparks.com/worksheets/.

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

http://clarenceparks.com

http://overcomeprocrastinationgodsway.com

http://the777plan.com

http://slackbuster.com

Clarence Parks- CJP Enterprises

 

 

Slay The Slothful Spirit- Develop Desire

Slay The Slothful Spirit by Developing Desire

In order to slay the slothful spirit, we must develop the desire to get moving again.  This is important because desire is what makes the difference between continued slothfulness and frustration vs. accomplishment and soul satisfaction.  By definition, desire is a wish; a longing; or a craving to achieve something.  It’s where we set our sights on something seemingly afar off, then we begin to long to get there.

However, a wish remains a wish and becomes the source of intense frustration without, belief and a decision to take action.  Proverb 21:25 says, the desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labor.  But, according to Proverb 13:19, the desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

The question becomes, what happens when we have either lost our desire or we never really had it? There is good news: desire can be developed (or restored).  Proverb 13:12 says, hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when desire cometh, it is the tree of life.  In other words, desire can “come” which means it can be caused to enter in.  When it “comes” it becomes the tree of life which means it is what gets us from slack and lack to abundance.

One way desire can be developed is by setting a goal which causes the mind to persuade the soul to take action to accomplish the goal.  According to Earl Nightingale, the secret to success is to write down a goal one side of an index card and Luke 11:9 which says, ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you, on the other side.  Then, read the goal for 3 times a day 30 days.

The slothful spirit will be slain and y/our desire will be developed and/or restored because it will have something to attainable to reach for.  Selah.

If you want to receive more in depth teaching on developing desire, then log ontohttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/christianfreedom/2013/04/16/the-slackbuster-show.  Also, there is a free download of a worksheet that goes along with the teaching.  You can get it at http://clarenceparks.com/worksheets/ (click the green button).

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, J.D., MDiv

http://clarenceparks.com

Clarence Parks- CJP Enterprises