Archive for January, 2014
My heart just GRIEVES when I see people flocking to prosperity-driven resources.
Here’s a glimpse of my Facebook status this morning after seeing the “promotions” of a very public and high profile “coach”. Sigh. Please don’t put your hope in the wrong places and people. KNOW who it is the people and authority figures in your life follow, because you may be following them down the wrong path.
Cautionary word about life “coaches” and “life changing” programs. Not all people are coaches. Some of them are mere salesmen “coaching” (selling) others on how to become the same by selling you their “break through” and how-to programs. Many claim to draw you closer to God by giving glory to God for their profit and popularity, but it’s deception at it’s best. They will claim to show you how to find your security, hope, and peace, but they are a false prosperity-driven gospel spoken by someone caught in a conflict of interest (serving two masters: God and money), and they ultimately use their platform to lead their followers to put time, energy, and money into their wallet by chasing the things of this world: personal platforms, financial freedom/security, and sometimes even the favor of God (as he “blesses you abundantly with material possessions of this world”). However, we know not to chase what will rot away.
As I coach myself, I consider and reflect upon Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
I say this to caution you to about those you follow and learn from. If a coach (or teacher of anything) is leading people to BUY PROGRAMS attached to THEIR OWN PROMISES OF PROSPERITY, or brag about how they sell out, and make $2 million bucks, and that they will “teach” you to do the same, I caution you to reconsider the underlying teaching and their integrity. They claim to give God glory with their mouths, but they serve something entirely different with their programs.
The following caution is for coaches, teachers, and preachers:
As we lead people, we must realize that we either lead them to Christ or to the things of this world. Only one is life saving and sustaining, and it has NOTHING to do with us. Christ alone saves! Not some program! If we are selling mass amounts of programs, and package it in a way that encourages others to follow us as a way of getting what they need in life, then we are preaching a false gospel, creating idols, putting ourselves upon a platform that is not ours, and creating “followers of me”
instead of followers of Christ and God’s Word.
Please consider today: As coaches, teachers, preachers, leaders: Which are we promoting that people follow? Me? My programs? Things I do that lead to comforts and profits? AM I “selling” people on ways they can find freedom and riches and is it based on giving them thing of this world which perish? Which are people following? Am I promoting a money? Am I creating profits by leading people to me with enticing packages and false hopes? Or am I using what I have to help people and point them toward Christ without focusing on profits at all, but the provision of God as He sees fit in my life?
Lastly: PEOPLE…If coaches/preachers/teachers are selling out and (even bragging about how they sold out and clear 2 million dollars or whatever amount they brought in) and ask you to purchase their programs so you can also do this, too (undercover money schemes), PLEASE use your common sense and be cautious of what they’re really promoting and glorifying. YOU CAN ONLY SERVE ONE MASTER! So, be careful of who it is you follow and what it is you are being led to chase. Be aware of what has become your master!
Coaching, business, and giving glory to God can absolutely be done with integrity. It’s OK to make a living. But, we must be super-cautious about how and what we are doing by what it is we are promoting and giving glory to. We can’t give glory to God only when things are prosperous and well. God gets the glory-PERIOD.
Being bivocational can certainly have it’s challenges (I know-because that is how I am as a coach and preacher in community). But, if the focus of what you do and promote and provide to people is always based on “how to profit and enlarge the bank account” (yours or theirs), and you’re promoting that as what saves people and a program or source of security, it might be that you really have sold out and are serving the master you did not intend to.
Just food for thought. As leaders, we cannot sell out. Otherwise those we lead will follow. And that is a dangerous path!
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(****there was a loss of 5-10 seconds of audio, so see the transcript below for that portion. Darn internet!:) )
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****There was a portion of the show that was garbled from a possible internet issue. So, here is a transcript of that:
“Sometimes people want us to live off of their experiences so you’ll make their experiences your experiences and it doesn’t always work that way!”
I ended today’s episode with this though I had:
“Risk is the path we take to overcome the obstacles we encounter.”
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If you’ve ever thought about changing any of your 9 life areas, you’ve thought about making some risky changes.
- Downsizing or cutting excess out of your life
- Careers or Jobs
- Taking a class to get ahead
- Getting your finances in order
- Getting your long hair cut short (Yes, I really did this! RISKY, but SO worth it! I’ll update my photos later…)
- Eating healthier
- Living out your faith in an intolerant world
Yes, YOU KNOW you know risk. And I know it, too. We all do.
In order to overcome obstacles that hold us back from the life change we seek whether it be character development, self improvement, better relationships, to improve our jobs (any of the nine life areas of life management), we must first be committed to take that first step on the path called R I S K.
Risk is your new path to the life you envision. Why? If you change your life, people may not like the changes you make. Your success may blow their own excuses out of the water, leaving them with nothing more to cling to except the reality that they, too, can change if they are committed to the life they envision—just as you have done. Your success can invalidate the excuses others safely cling to. So, not everyone will embrace your life change and success.
On the path of risk, you’ll also unlock something called UNLIMITED POTENTIAL. This gem is deep inside of every person and we merely need to believe it to pull from it’s reserves. The cool thing about it is it never runs dry. We never run out of potential so long as we renew our minds to believe it’s still there. (And potential is not related to our ability to build wealth and prosperity…life has so much more potential that that! In fact, when we take the risk to live a life that focuses BEYOND our finances, we find we have so much more to live for and enjoy than what money can buy or bring, simply because the best things in life are not a result of our monetary worth!)
No matter what obstacles await you, no matter what you must overcome to live for your priorities, and regardless of what others have said about you or will or might say, you simply need to resolve to one thing this year to make the life you envision happen: Resolve to take your first step for each goal on the path called risk. And after you start the journey, simply focus on your potential to overcome your obstacles every day. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at the place you envisioned and look back and know it was absolutely WORTH THE RISK.
Not only that. But you did it.
Celebrate that you took a risk and you did it. You found potential. And you know without a doubt that there’s more where that came from.
Keep taking risks, because your potential never runs out if you resolve to take a risk to live it!
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