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It’s been over 14 years since I read the book by Marcus Buckingham about developing strengths. Rather than using that 14 years to fine tune my strengths and develop them with a plan an purpose, I have haphazardly done a little here and a little there working on some strengths but no documentation of what worked and didn’t work.

This blog is going to be about what I am doing to purposefully develop my strengths. It doesn’t matter (to you) what my strengths are but what I do want to pass along is what is working and not working so it may be helpful to you and encourage you to discover your strengths and develop them.

Why am I doing this? Because I want to live a life that is fulfilling knowing at the end of my time on earth I have used the skills and talents God gave me to add value and help others.

Why am I sharing this? Because I want to reach out to others to encourage them to follow along, ask questions and join me in this journey of self-improvement. For now it is about developing what we are already good at and enjoy doing.

Let’s work together and make a difference!

First Steps:

Write down what you believe are your strengths and what you are good at.

Find an article on why strengths are important to our development and our purpose in life.

List one thing to do to develop your strength.

 

The fires in Colorado are gaining more and more attention as they are forcing people from their homes; destroying everything in their path and taking lives. It takes a lot of effort to put out a fire when it gets out of control. Reading about the Colorado fires reminded me of how many times fire is mentioned in the Bible. God used fire as a way to get the attention of others reminding them not get out of control and how quickly things and people can be destroyed or consumed by fire.

Fire gets the attention of others. God used fire in the Bible to get the attention of others. The burning bush caught the attention of Moses when God wanted to speak to Him. When we hear about fires in our communities, we take notice. We want to know where and what happened. We want to know whom, if anyone was hurt. We need to pay attention to God at all times without having to be reminded by fire or other natural causes. God wants our full attention every day.

Ezekiel 20:19 “‘I am the Lord your God,’ I told them. ‘Follow my decrees, pay attention to my regulations,’” (NLT)

Fire can get out of control. If not contained or stopped, fire will continue to grow. It will continue to move and continue to destroy. We need to understand the danger of fire and how quickly it can get out of control. We can relate that to our lives and how quickly we can get out of control. We need to be careful we are living as we should so we don’t sin against God. Our sin can spread in our lives as well as the lives of others, just like fire.

Romans 5:12 “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” (NLT)

Fire destroys and consumes. Fire has a purpose. It moves through its’ path destroying anything or anyone who gets in its’ way. Fire is serious. We run from it because we know how destructive it can be. God used fire to destroy and consume people and things when He was angered by His people. We should always remember how great and powerful God is and fear Him for His power is all consuming. Even though He loves us and wants the best for us, He can get angry when we do wrong. That is why it is best to fear and obey Him.

Numbers 11:1 “Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp.” (NLT)

Fire has its’ purpose. Fire does its’ job and moves on. When we understand the purpose of fire, we will know how to behave around it.

We, too, have a purpose in our lives. We need to understand our purpose and what God wants us to do so we can do our job and move on.  We shouldn’t get consumed by the things of the world and lose our focus on God. God wants us to be consumed by Him.

Just as God used fire to get the attention of others, He can use us as well. He doesn’t want our lives to get out of control. He doesn’t want us to destroy and consume others with our sins. He wants us to know why He created us. He wants to use us to bring others to Him. He wants us to make a positive difference giving Him the glory in all we do.

ACTION STEPS:

1. Think about any wrongdoing you may have done.

2. Ask God to forgive you of your sins and turn away from them.

3. Ask God to show you His purpose for you.

4. Give God your full attention every day and allow Him to lead you.

You can make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Make the decision and the commitment to God today.

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Breadcrumbs can help you make a difference as well. They are little cards to leave behind for others that will make a big difference.

To order free cards to help make a difference in your life and the lives of others, go to:

www.leaveabreadcrumb.com

Ready to read through the Bible slowly to learn more about God’s word and how it applies to your life? Start in Genesis with this devotional journal “Breadcrumbs from Genesis” at:

http://tinyrul.com/d5etkw5

This week has been a real challenge! Work and home life just keeps me going that I rarely have time for writing much less marketing my book and my Breadcrumbs. At times, I have felt like I couldn’t take another thing because of so many people wanting things added to what I wanted to do. I finally had to take what all I had in my mind and give it to God. In His quiet voice, He told me to just focus on doing little things every day in my writing and marketing and He will take care of the rest. I felt so much peace after that.

He reminded me when I went down the stairs to the kitchen and saw some change on my kitchen table. My son had just left for work and cleaned out his pockets of change for his younger sister. He knew how much she loved saving change and he thought enough about her to leave it behind. That was God’s way of reminding me to focus on the little things. It is the little things we do for others that makes a big difference in their lives. Even when we are stressed out, we can do something small to help others. It is in the small things where God can make a difference.

We may think things are going to happen and all is lost but God may have another plan. That is why it is important to give it all to Him, to live one day at a time, enjoy the blessings He gives us and look for ways to help others no matter what issues we are dealing with. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring so there is no reason to worry about it. There is no reason to take matters into our own hands. We need to pray about the issues, ask for God’s will and look for His answer in all we do. He wants us to have a good life and worry is not part of it.

To order free cards to help make a difference in your life and the lives of others, go to:

www.leaveabreadcrumb.com

Ready to read through the Bible slowly to learn more about God’s word and how it applies to your life? Start in Genesis with this devotional journal “Breadcrumbs from Genesis” at:

http://tinyrul.com/d5etkw5