I WANT MORE

I want a house, or a bigger house. I want a job or a better job. I want money or more money… I want more…

There is always an opportunity of wanting more. There is nothing wrong with desiring to go further, higher; or to have an eagerness to get extra or expand. I believe God wants the best for all of us. He is the God of abundance and the God of more than enough.

In the world’s thought process, you can do anything on your merit, whatever you want, go out and get it now; whenever you desire, expect for it happen, now. And, in many scenarios, there is no need to worry about people, if they will be hurt or deceived, just as long as you are getting what you want. There are many books to read: 5 Steps to Become Rich, 10 Interventions to Achieve Your Accomplishments, 15 Stages To Be Successful.

In God’s ways, you cannot do anything with Him. There is a time for everything. And the gift of patience must be achieved.  Everything you want in life may not be what you need.  God is love. His direction, will never be to injure or destroy people on your journey to success. And, there is one main book to read and meditate on and that is the Holy Bible.

Before focusing on how to get more. Let’s investigate how deep your desire for getting more dwells. Two groups of people will be described.  Lip Service People (LSP) vs. Action Directed Individuals (ADI).

Lip Service or empty talk is easy. The common phrase is: talk is cheap. The (LSPs) are the people who constantly express the things they want to do, but lacks the fortitude. Many of these people will declare desires or events that will occur way into the future.

Example:  I am going back to school in 2025. Going back to school is a great event. To obtain a degree or certificate, can result in a better job and a better life. However, 2025 is eight years from now. There may be a logic to why this futuristic date is made. Maybe the person wants to wait until their children are in school full time. Maybe they need to save money. The reasons can be numerous. I am not targeting people who are preparing and giving themselves enough time to get their affairs in order, before taking the plunge.

I am addressing the lip service clan. The ones who do not make any steps to accomplish any goals. Going back to school is a process. There is research to be completed: what degree to get, what classes to take; how many classes to take each semester; how much money is needed. There may be grants or loans to seek. But, the person who made this declaration does not seek in planning. They glory in the theory. They want to be admired for wanting to go back to school. The approval enriches them. Sometimes, this is the reason why these statements are made, for the small triumph of praise.

Or, in other cases, the LSPs may take 1 or 2 steps toward their goal, then quit when obstacles emerge. LSPs are always filled with excuses, and vain reasons why they could not do the declared tasks. They view themselves as victims. Someone did not call me back. He was rude. She didn’t help me. The victim mentality continues, LSPs will depend on others to do what they should do. That way, when things do not materialize, they can blame others for the misfortunes. These individuals will always point their fingers at others, rather than themselves. It will always be someone else’s fault why they did not go back to school. 2025 comes and goes with no school admission.

Using the same scenario above, going back to school. I will insert the ADIs (Action Directed Individuals). They spring into action. First, many will not declare a mission 8 years off. They are set in their minds to do something, now. Maybe they have children, work and household duties to contend with, however, while taking care of daily routines, they are seeking and searching. They have obtained college catalogues, class schedules, and tuition amounts. They have chosen their degree and have researched the courses to take. They know a ball park amount of money it will take to complete their degree choice. Research have been made on grants and loans. They have created a college budget, maybe not much, but something toward their task. They have phoned people for assistance. And, if a person did not call them back, ADIs will call again. When someone is rude, that does not deter them, they may ask to speak to a supervisor; or go to the college in person. They do not become victims. They become warriors. Eight years may be their focus for a full time class load. But, they may begin to take one night class or an online classes to get their feet wet. When obstacles spring up, they will sit back, pray, regroup and comes back fighting. They don’t give up. When 2025 arrives, they have money and/or grants/loans. They may have taken 1/2 the class course required. What would have taken 4 years to complete, may only take 2 years because they started to do something, at the beginning.

Evaluate yourself. Are you a talker or a doer? It’s ok, if you have identified yourself as a talker. Now, that you know, do something about it.

  1. Be honest. Admit your shortcomings, maybe not to people, but to God. He already knows your faults. If you are a procrastinator, tell God. Ask Him to help you to overcome this flaw.
  2. Don’t be an Empty Talker. Talk to God. He can give you guidance and direction.
  3. Don’t be stubborn. Listen and obey God and His wise counsel.
  4. Do things differently. Do things God’s way and not your way. Remember, Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.
  5. Change the way you think. If you change the way you think, you can change your life. Change your mindset. Your old way of thinking has caused you to be where you are. Always wanting more, but never actually getting more.

Wanting more is more than words, it requires action. Do something! Do a lot of something! Get your more!!!

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8King James Version (KJV)

ETA

ETA is an acronym for Estimated Time of Arrival. It refers to what time you will reach your destination? The E.T.A of this post, indicates to Effort, Time, and Achievement. Simply, how much effort and time are you willing to devote to your achievement.

Let’s define the terms so that you can measure your strengths and weaknesses. Effort is energy. Effort is work performed by mind or body. It is a serious attempt to do something. Time is a measurement as seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, decades and so on. Achievement is something that is accomplished through effort. It is the results of hard work. It will take time.

In ETA, there are 2 thought processes that need to addressed.

  1. What you have is directly correlated to the effort exhibited to obtain them.
  2. Your tests in life are connected with your weaknesses.

Starting with thought process one. If you want something, how much work are you willing to do to obtain it and keep it? In the post, I Want More, it describes the LSP (Lip Service People), the people who talk a good game and no actions and the ADI (Action Directed Individual) the doer of the game with plenty of action.

For example, you may observe people with great houses, nice cars and good jobs. Frequently, they go on exotic vacations. These people appear laid back and these accomplishments come easily. You are wrong.

You are witnessing people at their end game after all of the hard work was completed.

You didn’t see how long it took for them to get their victory. For that perfect home they own, you didn’t see loans they didn’t get, house they couldn’t afford, the money that had to be saved, or the long tedious house purchasing process. The same theory for the car. How long did they drive an old broken down cars before the opportunity came to get a new car?

And as far as the job, how long did they go to school to get the degree to get the job? Or, how many times did they work at no end jobs? Or, the jobs they constantly got overlooked for promotions?

There was plenty of hard work exhausted and the time could have been years before they achieved their biggest dreams. Because you didn’t see it, you believed effort and time was not applied. Again, you are wrong.

Now, let’s think about thought process 2.

You made a decision to do something, improve something or a desire to work toward something. Obstacles will occur. Tests will be triggered. Temptations will tantalize. The devil wants to retain you on a rocky road. God wants to propel you down the path of prosperity. Recognize the difference. Tests are given to measure your strength and knowledge base.

 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. 1 Chronicles 29:17King James Version (KJV)

Temptations are geared to entice you to perform unhealthy, immoral or wrongful acts.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13King James Version (KJV)

In school, you may have whizzed through art and music classes. But, math and science is where your weaknesses lay. If you want to pass the class or obtain the degree, you need to work on your shortcoming. You must do whatever is needed to overcome your flaws. You may:

  1. Complete extra practice work.
  2. Obtain a tutor.
  3. Receive extra help from your instructor.

This same theory applies in life. Whatever your vulnerabilities may be, you will be tested more in that area. Maybe it is difficult for you to save money, decipher tedious processes, talk in front of people, or communicate your thoughts to other people. You must begin to attack the obstacle. That is easier said than done. But, you must start somewhere.

  1. Acknowledge your shortcomings.
  2. Get help from experienced and wise counsel.
  3. Listen and obey wise counsel.
  4. Be a doer and not a talker

When obstacles come your way, and they will, practice the 4 Ps. Ponder, Prayer, Patience and Prevail.

  1. Ponder. Think carefully about what is going on.
  2. Prayer. Praying is one of the most useful tools to use. Go to God and ask for strength and guidance.
  3. Patience. You will not overcome your flaws overnight. It will take time. Just don’t give up.
  4. Prevail. Conquer, win and triumph.

Exhaust the effort. Take the time. Acquire your achievements.  Pass the tests.

IT’S TIME TO…

Back to school. Back to work. Back to life. It’s time to… The scent of fall is wafting in the air with the realization that returning back to school is inevitable. Many children and adults are returning to classes to achieve their desired educational goals. Whether the goal is to maintain at a higher grade level or to achieve a degree, minds are opened to expanding and learning. While others are returning to work after laid-back vacations, outdoor concerts; family picnics, and other leisurely activities the summer brings. After certain seasons, times of longing, courses of stagnation, or an era of awareness, people have come to conclusion and have thought or said, It’s time to…. It’s time to get serious, buckle down, get back to reality, to achieve something, to do better. What is your, It’s time to …? (Fill in the blanks). The following posts will address the issue of wanting more and what it takes to get the desired achievements. With God, there is a time for everything.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8King James Version (KJV)

It is time to change your way of thinking. It is time to change your life. Let me help you to identify your time to…

The following posts will address the issues of wanting more and what it takes to get your desired achievements.

SERIAL NUMBERS

Serial numbers reveal the position on an item, especially on paper currency. To simplify and for the sake of this post I am referring to the serial numbers on money.

“Money, Money, Money”…, is taken from the song, For The Love of Money. “I got my mind on my money and my money on mind”, again words taken from another song with the dealings of money.

Money is on everyone’s mind, in some shape, form or fashion. It could be, you don’t have any money, thinking of ways to get it, or you have plenty of money, and contemplating ways to get more of it.   

Let’s keep it real, money or some form of spendable currency is needed to sustain life. The concept of money dances around in our minds often. Money is needed for transactions, such as mortgage, food, utilities, car payments, tuition, and the list can go on. Most people work to obtain money to make these daily, weekly or monthly transactions. While others allow their money to work for them.

The world keeps our thoughts on money. It reflects that money offers a good life. The ability to dress well, travel anywhere and to purchase homes; luxury cars and expensive electronic devices. Society projects money gives power and the opportunity to open doors and catapult you to areas of great success.

People get lost in the lure of money. They become ensnared with this seduction. Thinking if money was present in their life, everything would be perfect. Playing the lottery, gambling or any other quick rich schemes are created to obtain this key to happiness. Some of these plans can be legal or illegal.

The scenario above points toward the people who lacks money. What about the people with unlimited back accounts?  Don’t be deceived, they have issues, as well. They may encounter problems that others cannot begin to perceive. They, too, may devise extreme strategies to keep their money and to obtain more money so they can bask in the power derived from money. Their sources can be legal or illegal.

There is nothing wrong with having money and exercising legal resources to get money. And, there is nothing wrong with being rich, wealthy or well off.

It has been preached that money is the root of evil. But researching this scripture. It actually says, For the love of money

 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)

The devotion and dedication toward money is the true evil. Money can become seductive, tempting you to do things or causes you to commit acts that are morally wrong, or criminal. Or you become enslaved to it or is willing to do anything to get it, keep it or get more of it. The true problem occurs when money becomes a replacement for God. You love money more than you love God. Or, you don’t need God if you have money. This statement becomes easy to think or say, I am nothing without money.

The pitfalls from the love of money:

Money keeps you cocky and puts you in a proud position in the sight of your peers and the populous.

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15King James Version (KJV)

Money will dominate, if you allow it, and you will serve it and God will be cast to the side.

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16:13King James Version (KJV)

Trusting in money offers temporary pleasure. When money is taken out of the equation, the money-minded pleasures leave.

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 1 Timothy 6:17King James Version (KJV)

When you identify yourself with money and you feel nothing without it. People will commit suicide, go into depression, or may beg, borrow or steal at any cost to keep the power of money. How do change your mind and never get to the point of saying I am nothing without money?

Remember money is a resource, something that is needed and useful, however, God is the Ultimate Source. He is the one who provides you with the power to obtain theses resources.

God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Psalm 62:11King James Version (KJV)

Money changes people. If you have money or a large sum of money comes into your life, ask God for the right direction on what, when, who and how to deal with this great blessing.

Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. Psalm 62:10King James Version (KJV)

Trust God and not your money. You cannot pay your way to heaven.

Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! Mark 10:24King James Version (KJV)

Don’t identify yourself with money. You are not the righteousness of money. Identify yourself with God. You are the Righteousness of God.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21King James Version (KJV)

Money attempts to control you. Lack of it or too much of it, money can keep you agitated, worried and stressed.  God gives you rest.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28King James Version (KJV)

The closer you get to God and His Word. Your statement will change from,  I am nothing without money to I am nothing without God.

Chasing after money you will fall off a cliff. Chasing after God you will soar like an eagle.

RANK

Exclusive clubs, managerial levels, educational degrees, social classes and military classifications are examples of ranks. Rank is a position in society, organization or group. People have worked hard to be able to obtain these levels. And they should be celebrated on their great feats.

Many take great pride in that attainment of a certain status. Issues arise when you feel that you are made whole with this level and without it you feel you are nothing.

Ask yourself, if you are kicked out of the club, lose rank at work, become a member of a lower class, would you say, I am nothing without this rank.  Of course, there will be a certain amount of grieving and disappointment. You worked hard to get there and now you cannot do whatever you had planned. However, if you think your life is over and there is nothing in you except what your status have accomplished you are in real trouble. You are in an identity crisis.

The world has taught and continued to teach to put your identity in a certain type of prominence. And, without that particular status or level, you are nothing. Suicide, mental health and prison time are on the rise, because some people lost some type of social or government status and believed that some grand gesture had to be made for compensation for the great loss. There are countless stories about people who lost some type of position in life and their only solution was to end their lives. They imagined they had nothing else to live for. They placed their identity in a man-made structure and it failed.

Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Psalm 60:11King James Version (KJV)

There are endless reasons why people strive to be in a high rank or statue. Most are noble. But, you must be honest and ask yourself, what are the deep rooted reasons why obtaining a prestige position is so important. Test your motives.

  1. Does it make you feel good about yourself?
  2. You desire for people to look up to you and praise you?
  3. You have bragging rights to others
  4. The pressures placed from family, friends, society or the government.
  5. It’s your chance to show the world you are someone and have achieved something.

Sometimes, people do not know why they have a drive to be in an exclusive class. It can be an attempt to fill a void, or quench a thirst with titles, positions and statuses. Sadly, you can be part of several exclusive positions in different areas of your life and have a continuous need to have more. Why?

Because God can feel that of void and make you full and whole without the whole and without the risk.

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalm 63:1King James Version (KJV)

Is there peace with the ranks you have achieved? Or, is there turmoil or a constant demand to keep this position. This does not apply to the work needed for the level, but a restlessness or an unquietness that you never quite have peace. Any achievements made with God, He takes away the burdens

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28King James Version (KJV)

Unleash the burden of the rank. This does not necessarily mean giving it up or to walk away. Give the burden to God. Connect with God. He will lighten the load.

 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:29King James Version (KJV)

God spirited reasons to obtain higher ranks and level levels;

Pride comes when you praise yourself for your position. Learn to praise and thank God for your rank.

 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13King James Version (KJV)

Obtain higher ranks to encourage others.

 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11King James Version (KJV)

Teach future generations about God and through His works you can achieve anything.

That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments. Psalm 78:6-7King James Version (KJV)

Help others to achieve dreams.

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:16King James Version (KJV)

God blessed you so that you can be a blessing to others.

The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and enriched, And he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity he has sown]. Are blessed so you can be a blessing to others. You Proverbs 11:25Amplified Bible (AMP)

Don’t be rooted and grounded in any position. Be rooted and grounded in God.

having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established [a]in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude. Colossians 2:7Amplified Bible (AMP)