In my last blog entry, The Promise Of A Product, Part I, I wrote about how we naturally seek products and services to fix problems and end challenges in our lives. There are millions of available products and services that can cure, fix, correct and provide solutions to just about anything our minds can think of. And that’s not a bad thing so long as we don’t fixate on them and make them idols. We can’t forget that our only hope is in Christ to fix our brokenness.
So, do we avoid purchasing products and services that can assist us? No, not at all. God gave us gifts and talents that we are to use to help each other to the best of our abilities. If your gifts, talents, and skills make you an excellent teacher, then teach! If your gifts, talents, and natural skills are writing, then write books! If you are a natural leader and encourager, then lead and encourage people! If you are wired with a mind for inventions, then invent and sell! We are all designed to work, so we must work to provide for our own needs.
The millions upon millions of products and services stem from someone’s passion and a desire to work, therefore they design and build the products and services, market them, and earn a living. I guess you could say this is how the millions upon millions of products available to help us through life are born. Someone has a gift, they are passionate about it, and they choose to make a career out of it. We all need the services and skills of another at some point, so we purchase those products/services. I know! I am so grateful that I could call upon the skills of an expert plumber this weekend, because I needed to call in a pro! And then I thanked God for creating individuals who possess the skills I lack!
What I thought about over the past couple of days was related to the products, and the promises they bring. For instance, can an author really promise that their latest book will change your life? No. It may touch you in a heartfelt way or be the most logical thing you’ve ever read, but the book by itself cannot change your life. Why? It’s just a book! It can’t physically do anything but sit on a bookshelf or table unless someone picks it up and does something with it. It takes a person to move it. In order for anything to occur, there must be some type of action involved.
Can the latest invention fix your life? Not really. It may make one part of your life easier, but what about the rest of it? What about the other life areas?
Wouldn’t it just be so easy to have someone who could fix our lives without us having to lift a finger? But, think about what would happen if you had someone “fix” your challenges for you. What would happen then? Would your life change? Nope! Change occurs from within. That option might correct something temporarily, but it would leave you not knowing how to do it for yourself. All life change requires some form of action on your part. Do you see what I’m getting at? The best products will improve your whole life through life balance. They don’t just fix one part and leave the others out in the cold.
I have seen all kinds of products that have promised to change a life, and I bust out laughing each time I hear those promises. I know that the only way to a truly changed life, a better marriage, a better financial situation, a better career, a better way to handle stress, is to have Christ in your life.
God has authored the only book that can carry a promise such as that, and it’s called The Bible. It’s such a perfect book filled with perfect promises, perfect solutions to life’s problems, and the best resource available, that it remains constant. There are no further volumes of the bible. It’s never been new and improved. Why? Because it is the absolute authority. It’s not like God didn’t get it right the first time it was written. God doesn’t make mistakes! He gave us the perfect solution when He gave us his perfect son, Jesus! God had no need to have a 12 volume bible series to improve His word. The bible is the authority that just can’t be duplicated and it fixes ALL areas of your life! Talk about the ultimate in life balance!
As I thought more about the book I recently published, the second book I am in the process of writing, the new webinars that I’ve scheduled, the workbooks I publish each month, and the public speaking I do, I thought about how I don’t want to promise anyone that any of my products will change their life. They won’t unless the individual using them takes action to implement the things I teach and coach them through. What I can promise is that I do know of one thing that they can fixate on that will change their life here on earth and beyond into eternity. And that is giving them hope through Christ. That hope is available to anyone, anywhere, at any time, and it’s not just mine. Hope through Christ belongs to us all.
If you decide to utilize my books, webinars, and tools to fix your life, remember…I can’t fix your life. I can provide the tools and resources to help you see things you may not have seen before, but the true fixing comes from Christ…and that’s not something you have to order to receive. All you have to do is ask for it. If you’d like to receive hope, eternal salvation, and contentment in this world, just pray and ask Jesus for it. No order forms, no toll-free numbers to dial…just pray and ask!
And if you’re ready to share the gifts, talents, and skills that God has given you, but you’re not sure where to start, need some encouragement to think outside the box, or help with developing your action plan…well, I can definately help you start moving into action to start your journey. However you move into action to change your life just remember to keep your focus on Him and His promises first and foremost.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 (New International Version)
15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.