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By Steve Whyte, Aug 14 2017 09:48AM




Throughout my years of study, I have heard and taken part in many teachings on ‘The Promises of God’. They always give me a boost of energy and hope and sense of anticipation about ‘one day’. Quite the contrary, what there hasn’t been nearly enough of are teachings on ‘The Timing of God’. This can be problematic, as once we are conditioned to view God’s promises without God’s timing, we begin to expect the promises of God out of time. In this fast paced life, we have also been conditioned to expect things to happen rapidly. We live in the generation of instant everything; whether it be, instant success, wealth, results etc. We start working on a fitness-training goal, and expect our bodies to turn into a fat-burning machine instantly. When we don’t see the results immediately, we quit. We have become a people who lack patience and fail to utilise the power that inhabits the wait.



Have you ever found yourself in a season of wait? Where you cannot plow forward on your own but have to wait on God to coordinate, orchestrate and somehow make a way?



We often get overwhelmed and too attached to the end product that we limit our experience of our now to the perspective we currently hold, from the position that we currently stand. The issue with this distorted viewpoint is, we judge our reality by our own understanding. However, our understanding doesn’t determine if a thing is, as we perceive it to be.



If I asked you to build a house and gave you all of the materials that you’d need, and you must do it alone, and within 6 months, could you do it?



You may be thinking ‘no’. But that is probably a result of you seeing the magnitude of a house and shaping your answer around that perspective and understanding. However, with further information you’d be surprised how that answer would change. What if I told you that the house dimensions are 1x1 Metres? All of a sudden, everything changes. Why? The task didn’t change; it’s still a house, still the same duration, and still the same materials. What changed was your perspective. Information gave you hope but even this is a faulty perspective. The size of the house shouldn’t determine if you can build it of not. Ultimately, everyone who builds a house has to lay one brick at a time. This small example can translate into many areas of life. Instead of being overwhelmed by the size of the house, focus on laying each brick to the best of your ability.



Now: back to your understanding.



A very popular Bible verse taken from Proverbs 3 Verses 1-6 reads:



My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.



The above passage is essential to living a purposeful life with peace. By not leaning on our limited understanding, we are able to compartmentalize seemingly mammoth tasks into manageable actions. When we keep God’s victory and promises on our hearts, and acknowledge Him in all that we do, we can indulge in a renewed confidence that isn’t bound by questions such as; when or how? We take comfort in knowing without a doubt that He knows best and that with His elevated and unlimited view of our whole lives, He will direct our paths.


Over the years, I have realized that some of my greatest blessings are things that I wanted that I didn’t get. Some of my greatest protection came from unanswered prayers. Well, I guess the answer was ‘No, just wait as I have something far better for you’.



Each of the impossible goals I have attained in my life happened in the order and timing of a God who knows what lies ahead and prepares the way. Each challenge or experience building on the strength gained from the one before. Each brick providing support for the next, and so brick by brick I continued to stay loyal to the vision and before I knew it, my once impossible task of a house, was suddenly a village. You see, when we resist the need to be in control of the end, we see that God never fails to do what He promises, and this leaves us with a plethora of time to focus on each brick.



If you know that the main victory has already been won, why would you ever have your head down in little defeats? That is like complaining about something that you lost but that you really have. Oxymoron. When we stop looking for what we want, and align ourselves with what God wants, we are best positioned to experience our ‘Suddenly’. The art of waiting – not moving and striving and proving – and being patient on God, knowing He is already gone before me and made a way, is comforting.



Perhaps you find yourself in a season of wait. Perhaps you feel weak. I’m starting to see that in every challenge we face, every obstacle in our way, He whispers to us: wait.


But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31


And Suddenly…


This is not how your story ends;




By Steve Whyte, Aug 13 2017 01:40PM


It is important to be selective with what you feed yourself. Our ears and our eyes are the gateways to our soul. What we watch, what we listen to, who we associate ourselves with and what we allow into our lives, hugely influences our journey. You may have heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’. If you feed yourself with unhealthy food, your body will begin to take shape following the path of this same junk. Very similar and oftentimes exactly the same, what we allow into our minds, environments and lives can have the same result. If you feed yourself the wrong things, you become made up of the wrong things. When you feed your inner man negativity, your view of the world will be negative and you cannot fulfill your full potential. You have to be extremely careful and vigilant as to what you take in or you will become that which you are not. Everywhere we go whether it be through the media or our associates, there is information trying to influence us. Our threshold keeps getting turned up higher and higher and what we tolerate seems to be getting more and more.



We need to place a filter over lives and absorb that which is good and refuse to accept that which is bad. The filter can apply to your personal lives with friendships, relationships and daily influences, as well as the things we read, listen to and watch. There needs to be a filter over our time investments. Too often we invest unproductive time into dead causes and unproductive things. When presented with our purpose, we then say we don’t have the time. There is so much emotional dust and negativity and other bits of self-defeating debris floating around in the atmosphere of our daily lives. Too many people are ill-equipped to recognize the dust and debris for what it is. They are therefore unable to remove it, block it, filter it from intake, from ingesting the garbage and digesting its message, thereby preventing it from becoming part of the DNA of their lives.



5 Essential Filters to Living A More Authentic Life



1. Conscience



Our conscience, if it hasn’t been damaged in the process of growing up, helps prompt us from taking action on self-defeating temptations to act against our own principle-based values. It keeps us true to ourselves and inspires change and growth when we fall short as we inevitably will. When our conscience is healthy and is inline with the will of God, living in harmony with it means we are better able to live with integrity to our values, avoiding moral pitfalls and ethical quicksand, avoiding circumstances that can lead to moral compromise. We feel the discomfort of moral failure, the pain of hypocrisy and guilt for the pain we intentionally cause others. We’re prompted to do better, to correct mistakes and rise to our higher calling in God. We feel better about ourselves the more in-tune we are with God and this leads us on to higher moral ground. Moral decisions and dilemmas and ethical questions are passed through the filter of conscience. If it’s working, it serves us very well, saving us from so much heartache down the road.



2. Wisdom



Wisdom filters good ideas from the free-flow downpour of bad ones. Wisdom prevents us from making bad choices, mainly choices dictated to us by our circumstances. A lot of the bad decisions we make come at times when our seasons change suddenly, storms arise in our live and our first response is emotions. We act rapidly without the use of our wisdom filter. Wisdom helps us differentiate between good ideas and great ideas. Anything less than greatness is bad when you consider your unlimited capacity for it. Wisdom comes from God and it aids us in seeing through the false impressions of our negative thoughts and external influences. The importance of wisdom is in its capacity to keep us from wandering down roads that lead us off intellectual, moral or emotional cliffs. Wisdom allows us to see through the fog of moral confusion and intellectual mediocrity. Where intelligence helps us to know things. Wisdom helps us to know what things are important, true and useful. On our journey to greater amounts of wisdom, it’s important to understand the difference between the accumulation of knowledge or the state of intelligence from the acquisition of wisdom. Knowledge is what you learn. Intelligence is the ability to learn it. Wisdom is the ability to recognize the important parts of what’s learned and apply it. In other words, wisdom is to intelligence what directions are to a map. Put another way, if knowledge is the car and intelligence is the engine, then wisdom is the steering wheel, gas pedal and brake.



3. Values



A well-developed set of values helps us differentiate among competing good ideas. They help us prioritize what’s most important from what’s less important. Many people run on autopilot here. They haven’t thought through their core values or what’s important to them, what’s right and wrong or what system or mechanism or doctrine or ideology is used to help them decide. As a result, they often find themselves pushed in the direction of the prevailing winds rather than plotting their own course in life. Again there is nothing wrong with being a #Rebel if you’re doing the right thing. People today are so confused about who they are and what their values are. They judge their values by how they feel and live life in response to their external experiences. A life dedicated to a high set of values is lived higher, happier, healthier and much better.



4. Preference



Even among competing good ideas, even when we’ve identified what’s most important, sometimes it’s crucial to delay the best to work on the preferred. Doing things we like adds passion, zest and enjoyment to life. Not every meal has to include spinach and broccoli. Not every workout has to be a marathon. Not every date has to move her soul or rock his boat. It’s okay to periodically watch a movie at home or take a walk instead of a jog or eat some sweets instead of a handful of grapes. Besides, when we keep saying yes to other people’s preferences, we sometimes squeeze ourselves out of the picture. When we always follow others’ wishes, never take the lead, eat what others want, watch what others watch, play what others play, go where others go, if we never put our desires or preferences first, if our lives are paid in deference to others, we shrink and fade and disappear a little at a time until we are only reflections of others, shadows of what we were meant to be. Life is a give and take, after all. Some people only take. But those who only give will find life more difficult than it has to be as well. Don’t push and shove and shout your way through a crowd. But with a quiet dignity, require your way and your preferences to matter. Regard yourself highly and others will come to regard you that way too. Act with self-respect and others, in time, will lend you theirs. Create a new path, stay in your lane and you’ll know you’re there when no one else is.



5. Choice



With much of life lived unconsciously, conscientious choice filters out what we might call “life in drift” or living life on idle, softly floating downstream without oar, rudder or sail. It filters out excuses and justification and self-pity from the power of decision. The more life is recognized as the result of our choices, the greater power we have to direct it and experience it on our terms. Then we start living life on purpose, choosing a path to follow, no longer blown about by circumstance or luck, no longer content to travel the path you just happen to be on. The power of choice may not be readily recognized as a filter, but it’s one of the most powerful and underutilized filters we have. When we justify our wrongs, we are quick to jump on the ‘God gave me free will bandwagon’ but how about we exercise that free will for greatness. The free will to choose is a filter only when it’s used correctly, to enhance life at its potential. It can, of course, be disconnected altogether from its filtering function by the type of decisions we make. The power of decision can be used to filter out time-wasters and morality-sapping, self-defeating activities that create obstacles to living our purpose.



When our preferences respect our values and our values are informed by our conscience and wisdom influences the choices we make within the context of our Godly-driven preferences, we will then be equipped with power to direct our lives in profound ways. The power of choice and free will to take one path over another, to change one mode of conduct from another, to choose how and when and why and if we will walk one direction or another becomes a profoundly important component to our filter system. It’s all very good to use a filter to protect yourself from polluting your life but what if you already have junk on this side of the filter that is weighing you down? After taking these five steps, you need to begin to cleanse your current environment. If you want to de-clutter your life, start by cleaning up your physical environment. It can be tough to let things go, especially if you’re a bit of a hoarder. But those excess belongings weigh you down, both physically and mentally. Start with the easy stuff, it’ll help you build momentum. Most of the things you hold onto serve you no purpose and you cannot run the race of life with heavy baggage everywhere slowing you down. Go through your closet/wardrobe and make a big pile of everything you haven’t worn within the past year. Include clothing that no longer fits. Items you were given as gifts, or that you hid at the back of the closet because they were just too hideous to look at. Next, tackle your papers. Take the time to sift through the pile, and discard all those old bills, receipts and manuals for products you no longer own. So that’s your first task. Throw out the junk that’s crowding your garage, your office or spare room. All those things you haven’t looked at in years. They’re weighing you down. Give them away or donate them to charity, where those same items might enrich someone else’s life. You don’t need them anymore.



Next, it’s time to clean up your personal life. You cannot build new relationships or connections if you’re clinging to a past that no longer matches the vision of the person you want to become. Time passes, and life moves on. If you want to shift your life into new spheres, sometimes you have to move on too. Start by letting go of those relationships that no longer serve you. Those people whose phone calls you dodge because you really don’t enjoy talking to them (Change your number if you have to, my secret). Those relationships that are entirely one way, you know who I am talking about, the ones who do not respect your time and drain your energy. There’s nothing callous in this and actually you will find that when you start to use your filter, you will begin to attract a different type of people into your life and quite calmly God will remove those who no longer fit. You’ve simply grown in different directions, and you honour that person by allowing them to move on. Spend time instead with people who excite you and who encourage you to grow in new directions. If your life is too crowded, you’ll never have a chance to let those new great people in.



Lastly, when you’ve finished cleaning up your personal environment, and when you’ve cleared your life of those people whose values you’re no longer aligned with, it’s time to tackle your priorities. Start with how you spend your time. Do you want to reach new heights in your profession? Let go of those tasks you do only because you feel you have to. Delegate them to someone else. While you’re at it, you can also let go of all the jobs you absolutely hate, you’re probably not very good at them anyway. Release those things so you can focus on the tasks you’re truly great at. That place is called purpose and that is where you’ll bring something unique to the world. Do you find yourself doing too much? ADD - Automate, Delegate and Delete. Find a way to simplify everything you commit to by being more organized. Take a close look at how you spend your personal time too, and cut the stuff that doesn’t add value to your life. Don’t just try to slap a bunch of new ideas onto what you’re currently doing. Let those old habits go. Yes, this means taking the time to closely examine your beliefs and decide why you started doing these things in the first place. It isn’t easy, but it works.



So many people all around us every day, blindly walk through life, doing what’s always been done, raising kids the way they were raised, following cultural patterns and expectations without much thought, living by rules, thinking without questioning, building without creating, acting without deciding, working jobs but never creating them. So many walk the travelled path, some walk the less travelled path, but greatness walks the path never travelled. In the most fundamental sense, decisions are indeed being made. But they are being made by default. They are the automatic settings of repetition, not a willful act of choice. With so much intellectual smoke floating thick in the atmosphere today, poisoning our moral lungs, sapping our emotional strength with the toxicity of the intellectual trash that’s spewed across the airways and internet, in the swirling furnaces of contemporary culture, we need tools to help us breathe a little better, live above the acidic clouds of pain and self-defeat and moral compromise. My promise to you is that as you fine-tune the filters outlined above (conscience, wisdom, values, preference and choice), you will notice a difference. It will be a big difference. It will be like a breath of fresh air filling your lungs, displacing the moral, emotional and intellectual smoke and pollution with something richer, cleaner and more indefinitely enduring. God wants to help you to breathe again.



This is not how your story ends;



#Filter

Welcome to the articles by Steve Whyte. With life's challenges, motivation doesn't last. We all need to recharge our motivational batteries on a regular basis. And, all the motivation in the world won't work unless you master the strategies it takes to succeed and live a life of fullnes and purpose. These articles will help you to discover what you want in life, clarity on how to reach your goals, live a more productive and declutered life, build unstoppable confidence, and maintain your momentum until you create the life of your dreams. With topics ranging from spirituality, personal life, business, wellness, health, fitness and mental health, there is sure to be something for you. Enjoy the journey and remember; reading is one thing, appling is another.

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