Have you ever gotten a word or a picture from the Lord? I learned about this a few years ago and have been on a pursuit to receive them. I was having a chat with the Lord one day and asked Him for something specific. I wanted an acronym. I didn't get an acronym, I got something far greater. He gave me words, which I used to form the acronym I requested.
- Simple Strategy
I didn't get them in that order, but I knew Relationship had to be first. It was fun to work it out to eventually form RESET. Since gaining this word, I carry the acronym with me and remember the exact place I was when this all took place. I know this word has many applications.
The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
Hurt people hurt people, but free people free people. Consider this. When working with the relationships you've been given, you probably accomplish your goals, but at what cost? Have you ever thought about the wake of damage you're leaving behind?
Goals are more easily accomplished when you have healthy relationships with people. Both sides are more understanding, ultimately coming up with the best course of action to take to reach an agreed upon goal.
To take this word just one step further, what does God want with us? He wants to have a relationship. What do you think the purpose of prayer is? I will be the first to admit I tend to use it as my laundry list of complaints, desires, etc., but if I was smarter, I would always use that time to listen first, then listen again, and then bring my requests to Him.
Give support, confidence, or hope to (someone).
A commonly used wedding passage is 1 Corinthians 13 which is also known as "the love chapter". I believe by acting out this chapter with anyone you meet, encouragement naturally flows. It further strengthens the relationship, making you more influential and successful.
I know the relationships I enjoy the most are the ones with people who place courage inside of me. They tell me the things they see in me and get excited about the things I'm excited about. They make me feel as though I have something to offer.
I mean think about it, who wouldn't want this kind of relationship? It begs the question…
- Are you that kind of friend?
- Do you have a lot of deep friendships?
Have you ever thought about what you bring to the table? Just sayin'.
A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.
Who doesn't like it when a plan comes together? I know Hannibal loves it; I know I love it. When you have an agreed upon strategy, everyone knows what to do.
We live in an amazing point in history. There is so much information that can be consumed and in so many different ways. One needs to be focused on how to cut through the noise. Picture a magnifying glass in the hands of a curious young child on a hot summer day and some ants. While the ants are the unfortunate casualty, I believe it illustrates my point. The tool the child was given was simple. I believe by taking a magnifying glass to current strategies and methods, something more powerful will be discovered, ultimately being more effective.
Supply with the necessary items for a particular purpose.
"We all fear what we do not understand.”
Carmine Falcone - Batman Begins
The Lord has equipped me with the ability to teach. By helping people understand why specific outcomes occur, it provides knowledge, lessens fear, and encourages creativity. One of the ways I steward this resource is by providing instruction wherever possible. I also look for my other relationships to equip me.
The choice, judgment, or control of when something should be done.
If the timing isn't right, ideas don't reach their full potential. You might be someone who lives under a rock (take it easy…I'm only joking) but Google Plus is better than Facebook. However, Google’s late entry (or maybe I should say first successful entry) to the social game has cost them, and it could take them years to take ground away from Facebook if they ever actually do.
Choosing the right time to do or say something, is key. I'm not going to pretend I am perfect at this, but I do believe I get better at it every day. My wife is a living example of a person who, at 30 years of age, is mature beyond her years in choosing the right time and words to speak with me, our children, and others.