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Youth Worker On Fire Podcast

Dec 27, 2023

Pick your… WORD FOR THE YEAR! Yes, one word. A friend of mine has asked me and many other friends to pick their “word” for quite a few years now. What is that one word that you want to define the upcoming year?

Here are a few changes you can make to go from negative talk to positive and proactive thinking:

  • Impatient…Patient
  • Unprepared…..Always Prepared 
  • Not Confident….Confident
  • Transactional….Relational
  • Doesn’t Follow Up…Follows Up
  • Doesn’t Advertise…Advertises
  • Doesn’t Ask For Referrals…Asks For Referrals

Break the Link between…

- Thought To Action: Waiting on God is also an action. Keep showing up and move forward as God keeps the doors open. Each time you think about what you are to do or want to do next… take Action again. 

- Stop Trying To Solve Problems That Are Made Up In Your Mind And Not Real: Stop being your own worst enemy. Start being your own best cheerleader. People need a leader who knows where he or she is going. Confident, but not arrogant. Strong, but not angry… confident.

- It’s Ok To Be Upset And/Or Depressed: It’s not ok to stop doing what you are suppose to do. If you have those negative and painful emotions, you still need to do anyway.

- Your Mind Hears What You Say: It’s meant to protect you and serve you. If you say “this hurts too much” or “I hate this”, your mind will try to protect you and help you quit. Its job is to protect you. If you tell your mind, “I can get through this pain. I need to be strong enough to be tougher than the pain, because the pain is there to make me stronger.”

Jesus said it,” if we tell a mountain to move it will move if we do not doubt.” God made our minds to work for us. Not against us.

Will the cost of reaching the goal or goals be worth the pain and possible destruction on the way? Make sure your goals are in alignment with God and the scripture. Will you be able to keep your character in check?

When Jesus commands His disciples to go to the people of Israel announcing that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 10:7), He gives them a warning and some advice: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)

There will never be a perfect time to give, serve, lead, guide, or love.


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Hosted by: Doug Edwards

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Edited by: Secret Roots Music House