Okay, what we’ve been talking about is how to improve your personal investments. These components I’ve mentioned so far are the capital you’ve been searching for and trying to find.
I’m laying it all out for you. When you’re finished, this is going to assure improvement in all your investments.
Today I’d specifically like to talk about what is possible, why it is possible, and the reason so many don’t turn their possibilities into realities. Sort of answering a FAQ.
This is good.
To be honest with you, I’m still practicing everything I’m passing along to you. My hope is to help you see that Jesus is the foundation of a sound investment strategy. I think you see that.
I realize Jesus as a foundation may bring up several why Jesus questions. I want to answer those questions for you, and will as we begin wrapping this up.
Obviously I’m approaching improving personal investments from a different angle than what people normally come in contact with.
Yes, you are.
But what I’m offering you is much more complete than a simplified get rich quick scheme or a technique that merely compounds your material wealth. Money isn’t everything.
I’m starting to see what you mean.
Good, because this is bigger than how conspicuous is your sack of gold. As an investment consultant I’m interested in improving all the pieces that fit together to produce a sound investment package.
There is more?
Absolutely there’s more. This includes everything that influences and affects your life ‒such as relationships.
Yes, an enormous part of improving personal investments concerns your relationships, which I’ve mentioned when I talked about Jesus being your foundation.
So here we go, here’s the next piece: cooperating with what works.
Can you explain?
Sure. Cooperation opens the doors for what’s possible. Cooperation with what doesn’t work is the reason few attain what’s possible. Let’s take a peek at what’s possible, all right?
At the risk of sounding redundant, I must clarify how possible is achieved. Possible is the result of cooperating with what works and refusing to cooperate with what doesn’t work.
I think I understand.
Some feel that Jesus isn’t relevant to where they’re living.
What makes you say so?
Well, I’m referring to those who may go to church Sunday. To them, it’s fine to have a little religion in their life, but they don’t see how church figures into where they live the rest of the week.
I’ve been there.
So, let’s zero in on cooperation that works.
Fine, let’s do that.
Currently there are many false ideas being floated that are nonsense …
As an example here’s one: the notion that there ought to be separation of church and state.
Well, give me an example.
Sure. Let me suggest one. People are told that God and the job don’t mix. My question to those who say this would be: How do you separate God from everything (or anything) in your life?
Perhaps you’ve heard some of these ideas being expressed … One group, who imagine they’re influential, judge God is irrelevant. They promote nonsense such as: God and fun don’t mix. God and a successful marriage don’t have anything to do with each other. God and raising kids doesn’t mesh. They purposefully leave God out of their life, because they wrongly conclude God doesn’t fit into any aspect of life‒except (maybe) church. But then, in their opinion, church is for the weak-minded. Have you heard some of these sentiments expressed?
Sure I have.
Yet the fact of the matter is, how can we truly separate God from anything we do in life? God is here. God knows what to do. God can be trusted, whether anyone thinks so or not.
Hum … Ouch!
Precisely, so when we consider possibilities for improving investments the foundation of Christ Jesus is critical because it affects and influences everything we touch and never touch. Jesus, in all matters, is what works best in our life, because Jesus completes our life─makes us whole. Doesn’t it make sense to cooperate with what works best?
Uh, yeah, it does make sense.
Of course, cooperation with what works best is the best choice. What’s possible, obviously, is that a person can accept what works best or reject it.
Okay. So what happens if I accept this? What does cooperation look like?
I’m sorry. I’m going slow because it’s so important. I don’t mean to offend you.
I’m not offended.
Cooperation looks like winning versus losing. In cooperating with what works, your focus changes. Your focus is on Jesus. It’s Jesus praying in Gethsemane, “Not my will, but your will be done.” The focus is on God’s will. Not, my will.
Explain a little more.
In life’s situations you have a choice to do God’s will or your will. Sometimes you try to get God to bless your plans because you think you understand what’s going on and know exactly what must be done. So you ask God to bless your plan and instead of focusing on Jesus, you focus on how to accomplish your project. You wander off on your own.
Unfortunately I’ve done that.
Me, too. I found out there are a lot of feel good or religious things I’ve gotten involved with that didn’t have anything to do with cooperating with Jesus. These things squandered my investments.
We have a choice.
You got it. And, your choice will either be a benefit or a liability.
Yes, I’d say that’s correct.
Cooperation with Jesus opens the door to possibility that will be far more beneficial to improving your investments than anything else you may devise.
Yes, because everything else is sand, instead of the firm foundation of rock.
Good for you. So let’s move on and address what specific benefits can be anticipated and expected.
(to be continued … benefits)
Bonus song: Casting Crowns If We Ever Needed You