Tag Archive | simplify

Four Keys to Being a Good Leader

When somebody is accountable to you—whether it’s a child, a spouse, or someone in the workplace—you must manage those relationships well if you’re going to get the most out of them and exercise the greatest degree of godly influence possible. This is a very different dynamic than relating to somebody to whom you’re submitted so let’s look at four keys to managing relationships in which you have authority over someone else.

  1. “He Who Wishes to Be Great…” (Mark 9:35).

Today, most people in positions of authority try to exercise their influence through the strength of the position they hold. This “positional authority” says, “I’m the boss; you do what I say,” but as you can imagine, this is not the most effective attitude for leaders to have. So the first thing you need to recognize is that your motive in the exercise of authority must be to serve those under your authority. Read More…

Five Guidelines to Relating to Authority

No two people on earth are exactly alike, but one thing can be said of every one of us. We have each been entrusted with three resources to manage: time, money, and relationships. Your skill at exercising stewardship over these precious commodities has an incalculable impact on your quality of life—and your complexity of life.

Since I’ve written briefly about managing your time and money, I want to focus next on how we are to manage the most important and impacting resource of all—relationships. Read More…

Simplify Your Life: Become a Sower

One of the last keys to managing our money is understanding the operation of the seed principle. God gave us seed so the potential for growth and increase would be available to His children. That means the first thing we must do is correctly identify exactly what seed is.

In Mark chapter 4, Jesus gives us the parable of the sower, and in verses 13–14, He says, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word” (NKJV). Later in verse twenty, Jesus mentions the fruit or the increase that comes from the seed sown. In these passages, God is saying at least two things. First, He says that understanding the concept of sowing and reaping is a key element in understanding all parables. Secondly, He gives us a very clear definition of seed. He says the sower soweth the Word. In other words, the Word of God is the seed. We see also in verse 15 that spiritual ground is the human heart. Read More…

Simplify Your Life: Family Comes First

The first two steps for money management—and ultimately, simplifying your life—are simple: generate an income by working hard at the job God has called you to and tithe ten percent of the income you make in that job as an acknowledgement of God’s authority in your life.

What do you do then with the other 90% of your income? Well, in learning to manage your expenses, we’re going to talk about the three basic concerns of expense allocation: family need, debt elimination, and seed. Read More…

Simplify Your Life: Become a Tither

God doesn’t want you to be stressed about money. That’s why He has taken time in His Word to lay out keys to managing your money properly. As I said in my last blog post, the first thing He wants you to do is diligently and consistently labor at that which is good to generate an income. The next step is to honor God with your tithe. The word tithe literally means one-tenth and it refers to the first fruits of your increase. Simply put, the tithe is the first tenth of your increase or the first ten percent of the income you generate.

I don’t want you to look at this solely legalistically. You need to first understand the principle of the tithe. God established a distinction between His sovereignty and man’s stewardship on this earth. He has given us everything that pertains unto life and godliness, but the tithe is the one thing we are commanded not to touch because it belongs to the Lord. Read More…

Simplify Your Life: Manage Your Money God’s Way

God has entrusted every person with three primary resources—time, money, and relationships. How we manage these resources determines not only our quality of living, but also whether or not we fulfill God’s highest plan for our lives. We’ve recently talked about managing our time, so I’d now like to focus on managing our material resource, which is better known as money. Read More…

Time Management, Part 2

Stephen Covey once said, “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.”

So many people let time slip by them without a purpose or plan behind how they have spent it, yet God tells us in His Word that we are to redeem the time we have been given. In my last magazine article, I shared with you three keys to the first stage in time management. Now I want to show you the second phase: implementation.

Once you have a well-prioritized plan, you must implement it. The first major contributor to successful implementation is to be single-minded in your pursuit of it. You can’t allow yourself to be distracted. You need to be absolutely determined to accomplish that which you have planned to do and allow no interruptions or detours to get you off course. As James 1:8 says, “A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.”

Double mindedness produces instability. It’s impossible to hold your course and fulfill God’s plan for your life when you are in a condition of instability. You must remain single-minded.

For many of us, staying focused in the midst of the distractions that bombard us every day is a big challenge. You need to recognize distractions for what they are: they are interruptions with the potential to get you off course. Read More…