Satan will do everything in his power to keep your perspective small, fearful and full of defeat. Two years ago, I was right where he wanted me, defeated, my thoughts fearful and clouded with horrifying thoughts of me, me, me. When we think of ME we forget the THE; God and His plan, which is greater than anything we can ever imagine.

Creating fear
Fear begins as a single thought and becomes GIANT when fed over, and over, and over again. Fearful thoughts like: fear of failure, of not being perfect or of not fitting in. Even when fear seems to be present due to circumstances; fear is STILL only a thought.

Fear’s power
Many may not realize, but fear has POWER… when you give it power; power to drain your creativity and awareness of the world around you and of God. Instead of being creative, you become self-critical and approval seeking. Your awareness of the world gets shrunk into an awareness of ME, and the same of God. Fear will overcome your life spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally… if you let it!

Fear: Conquered
The might and power of your spirit has the ability to grow as a strong oak tree. You have control over what thoughts you choose to think. Both right thoughts and fearful thoughts cannot remain, one has to go! The one to stay will be the one you choose to feed. And like fearful thoughts, right thoughts will become GIANT when fed over, and over, and over again.

Here are a few RIGHT thoughts for you to feed on…EAT UP!!!

  •     You are a child of God.
  •     God has a plan and purpose for your life.
  •     God loves you and has chosen you!
  •     You are made in the image of Christ

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. -Proverbs 12:25

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

One of our incredible Life Group Leaders put together a final few week of small group with his guys that was truly incredible. First, he wrote 24 Thoughts for Graduating Seniors – a final hit list of things he wanted them to know as a man and as someone who was finished with High School.

Beyond that, he planned a parent beach bonfire night where dads wrote letters to their sons that was incredible powerful as well. Terry is a great leader and after seeing his notes I asked if I could share them here on the blog – felt like it would be a win for others to read and maybe something other small group leaders could rip-off or adapt for their guys as well. Here’s a link to part 1, and part 2 below:

7.) Treat others like you want to be treated

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. -John 15:12

8.) Friends are a BIG deal

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he hath not another to help him up.

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. -Proverbs 12:26

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. -Proverbs 13:20

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” -1 Corinthians 15:33

9.) The next few choices and decisions are a BIG deal

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. -Proverbs 16

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11

PRAY – PRAY – PRAY – LISTEN – LISTEN – LISTEN – SEEK OTHERS

10.) When you fall – get back up

“Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.” -Proverbs 24:16

Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up. IBM Story of leader who lost $3,000,000

When Thomas Edison was interviewed by a young reporter who boldly asked Mr. Edison if he felt like a failure and if he thought he should just give up by now. Perplexed, Edison replied, “Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” And shortly after that, and over 10,000 attempts, Edison invented the light bulb.

11.) Take time to review and look forward every New Year

  • Set Your Priorities
  • Set Some Goals
  • ALWAYS have something to accomplish

12.) Remember it is good to celebrate

Find things to celebrate.  Little things, big things.

JG