There are just three things needed to see positive changes:
1. Vision for the future, improved state. You’ll be thinner and able to run a 5 minute mile, out of debt, in the Word every morning, and perfectly in tune with your spouse and children and even that cranky co-worker.
2. Desire for change. You actually want to change. You actually want to be that person with the improvements over where you are now.
3. Follow-through on the means to make the change. You need to eat less, exercise more, change your spending and saving patterns, talk with your spouse on a regular basis, and open the Bible every morning and do more than skimming your eyeballs across the page. Thinking about these things and wishing things does not make them happen. Failing to act differently means failing to make positive changes.
You need all three for positive change.
No vision + Desire + Means = activity without directed purpose
Vision – Desire + Means = unwillingness to continue
Vision + Desire – Means = wishful thinking and fantasies
You can use this framework to help yourself diagnose where you’re falling short, or when you’re coaching someone else.
To learn more about the Bible for yourself, as well as how to share it with others, you should take a look at Glenn Brooke’s course Teach the Bible to Change Lives. He has coached thousands of Bible teachers to be more effective. Paperback version is available here.
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