Don't You Dare Give Up!
I’ve been noodling on something the last few days. You see, it will be a year this week that The Joy Model released and there may be people following the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan who aren’t experiencing the joy they had hoped for.
I’m here to tell you: DON’T GIVE UP! After a dozen years of helping people change their perspectives and circumstances, I know it’s not easy. Stick with it!
But first, ask yourself: “Am I really working the plan or just dabbling?” Jeremiah 29:13 says: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
While you can’t change the past, you CAN change the future. Here’s a M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan cheat sheet for moving forward:
· Create MARGIN in Your Calendar
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
· ABIDE with God
“Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:8-11
· Grow in SELF-AWARENESS
You are a child of God and immeasurably loved by Him on your best day and on your worst day. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:35
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.” Proverbs 14:30
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
· ENGAGE in your Calling
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
I encourage you to go back into your copy of The Joy Model and look at your notes and/or re-read it. It works because it’s consistent with how God has arranged the world to work. I’ve seen it in my life and in the lives of many others. Go for it!