Sunday, November 2, 2014

Images from Super Sunday of Increase 2014

Lady Camille & Presence leading us into the presence of the Lord!

Full house ready for Increase 2014!

Worship.

Take us in. 

I Surrender...

Lady Camille leading us in.

Pastor Razel praying

Pastor Razel at Increase 2014

Bishop Marvin Sapp at Victory Life

Tyreece and Lighthouse Choir

High Praise!

Y'all better sing!

Gerald & the Lighthouse fam

Worship again!

Bless the Lord.

Pastor Marvin - Increase!

Pastor Marvin connecting

That high note though!

Good times. 

An on-time Word

Receiving a life-changing Word

The Maestros (Anthony, Deb, and David)

Afterglow
Gerald Perry & the Jones'

Pastor Razel, Lady Camille, & Baby Kayden

Joneses

Mom Paige

Joined by Godparents

Bishop Marvin & the Jones'


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shaping Your Strengths/Job Skills - Empowerment Month

On Sunday night, I had the privilege of ministering at Grace for the Nations Church during their Empowerment month. I spoke on a subject that I train on, on a regular basis, the Strengths assessment and job readiness skills; the session was entitled "Shaping Your Strengths/Job Skills." Thank you to Pastor T Lauchie' Lady Eva and the Grace for the Nations family for the invitation. I was sent home with several cards with questions and comments on them; below, I will do my best to respond to the questions:

  • What is the best way to handle a multi-person interview, without losing your cool?
Interviewing is an art in itself. Here are a few tips that you may find helpful: 
    1. Share your attention and eye contact with every individual - be careful not to just focus on one of the interviewers. 
    2. Make sure to get everyone's name in the room - you'll need it during the interview and also for sending thank you notes after the interview.
    3. Prepare questions in advance of the interview for the interviewers.
    4. Remember, not only are they interviewing you, but you're also interviewing them. Just like they're trying to see if you will fit with their company, you need to see if their company fits with you.
    5. Relax - breathe, and trust your research and preparation.
  • Pastor Jones, I have taken the Strengths builder assessment; however, my wife has not... how can I get a code so she can take it? I am sure she will want to after I go home and reteach your material. 
    1. You can purchase codes at the StrengthsQuest site for $9.99 - StrengthsQuest is the educational site for Strengths. 
    2. You can also purchase various Gallup Strengths books (containing codes) on the StrengthsFinder site
  • Do you conduct behavioral based interviews consisting of job competencies?
    1. My personal approach to interviewing is strongly influenced by behavioral based principles. I wouldn't say I totally rely on this approach though. Learning of past behavior and experience is a good indicator of future performance, but not the only indicator. For instance, I could have a lot of experience doing something, but not be passionate, or even good at it - in this case, hearing about my experience could let you know that I know about it, but would not necessarily let you know whether I am strong at the particular task/behavior or not. 
    2. During our session, we spent some time on a handout called, "At My Best" - this particular activity tied past performance to future behavior and showed the trends of how our Strengths have been most active in the best times of our lives. This understanding of the activity of our Strengths in positive situations demonstrates the best things about us - these are the kinds of things to highlight in behavioral based interviews. 
  • What is the best way to get a print off or hard copy of a resume' to give your soon-to-be employer when in an interview?
    1. Once you have a final version of your resume' written, you can print it on resume' paper from your home printer or have a printing company print it for you. 
    2. Many companies are attempting to be paperless, and therefore have moved to only accepting digital copies of job materials. 
    3. It is nice to take something tangible to give to interviewers, but I would recommend something other than the job materials that you have already turned in digitally to the company. You can find something specifically related to the job you're applying for to bring a hard copy of to the interview. For instance, if you're interviewing for a design job, bring a real copy of some designs you have done in past roles or in preparation for the particular interview - for a writing job, bring some writing samples - for a childcare job, bring some projects you've had children work on while in your care or letters of parents of children you have cared for. Be creative, be relevant, and be strategic about what you give the interviewers. 
  • I am trying to live by faith; I am trying to get away from what I know; how do I use these Strengths when I do not want to lean to my own understanding, but by faith in Jesus Christ?
    1. These strengths are God's gift to you. The other part of the scripture that you didn't state is "in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." That part of the scripture is the answer to your question. Use your Strengths - in doing so, acknowledge that they come from Him and pay attention to where He is directing you to use the investment that He has made in you. 
  • Is it okay to go for a job that you academically don't qualify for if you are skilled at the position naturally? 
    1. You can apply. Different organizations have different academic standards for what they will or won't accept. Some jobs will accept experience in lieu of the academic qualifications. Some jobs won't. If not meeting the educational requirements for a position seems to be a consistent roadblock for getting you into the doors that you would love to be in, perhaps this is God's way of urging you to pursue the academic credentials necessary to gain opportunity in the field you're desiring. In order to turn that natural talent area into a real strength, you have to add knowledge (some of which comes through educational processes) and skill (which is also often honed through educational processes). If you can add theory to your ability, you will be more qualified for better opportunities. 
  • Once you develop or recognize your strength, when is the right time or opportunity to seek a pay increase?
    1. Seeking pay increases is tricky. Everyone feels that they deserve a pay increase and everyone wants to be paid more, but the reality is that companies have limited resources to compensate for unlimited work. The best way to seek a pay increase is by demonstrating your value to the company consistently, by showing that you add incredible value, and by proving yourself to be invested in the company. The message bible says in Proverbs 18:16: "A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people." Effective use of your gifts, talents, abilities, and strengths will not go unnoticed. 
    2. Our first responsibility is to manage what we have; show God He can trust us with what we have and then He can open us up to more. Be faithful over little and He will make you ruler over much. Psalm 75:6-7 informs us, "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge; he putteth down one, and setteth up another." Ultimately, your elevation and increase is up to God. He will supply all of your needs according to His riches and glory and if you delight in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart. Your increase is in His hands; He is your source! 
  • When do you know it is time to seek other employment if you skills are not being recognized?
    1. Your skills not being recognized is not necessarily a reason to move on. Major moves in life necessitate the direction and guidance of God. Let Him order your steps. If you give Him opportunity, He will be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. You can use your talents and strengths in any position. Sometimes, God allows us to go through seasons where others are not recognizing our skills and where we don't understand why we are where we are - but, our lack of understanding does not necessarily mean that we are outside of where God wants us. Don't make moves and then seek God - seek God before making moves. Perhaps you are in a season where you are being humbled; perhaps something is being developed in you that you will need in your future. Don't move before God moves you. Trust Him even when you can't trace Him and work diligently to figure out what God wants you to get out of your current situation. When you get what you need to get, He will move you to what's next! Trust His plan. 
Feel free to leave more questions and comments on this post as we continue the discussion from Empowerment Month! For more information on Empowerment Month, visit http://www.gftnc.org/

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Increase 2014


We are preparing for Increase 2014, October 3, 4 & 5 as we celebrate 6 years of ministry as Victory Life Christian Ministries. 


INCREASE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
  • Friday, October 3 @ 7 p.m. @ V-Life: Love & Relationships Panel Discussion
  • Saturday, October 4 @ 9 a.m. - Breakfast at The Rock Cafe Private Dining Room located at 1420 Knollview Dr Big Rapids, MI 49307: ($6.50/adult, $3.50 children 4-11, free for children 3 and under)
  • Saturday, October 4 @ 11 a.m. @ V-Life: Love & Relationships (part 2) - Seminar with Pastor Eric and Lady Freda Tolbert
  • Saturday, October 4 from 2-4 p.m. - Bowling at The Gate at at 706 Perry Ave Big Rapids, MI 49307: (Bowling and Pizza Package including 2 games of bowling, shoes and 2 slices of pizza - $10/person OR bowl for $3/game and $2.50 shoes)  
  • Super Sunday, October 5 @ 1 p.m. - Week 300 w/ Pastor Razel Jones
  • Super Sunday, October 5 @ 6 p.m. - w/ Bishop Marvin Sapp 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I know your faith is important to you.

Maybe you don't let many people know. Maybe you feel like it's personal and not really other people's business. Perhaps you are afraid that if you put it out there, you'll be held to a higher level of accountability for your decisions. I even think that some of you find yourselves doing things totally contrary to your belief system so that people don't find out just how serious you are about your convictions.

Many people seem to hide it, but if there were no consequences, I believe you would tell me that your faith is really important to you.

How do I know - I'm convinced that many people know that if it weren't for God they wouldn't be alive today, but it is not popular to acknowledge that thought publicly, so people keep it to themselves. But, when that car was engaging in the accident, it was God who shielded you from the hand of death - when you were about to lose your mind, it was God who held you together - when you didn't know where else to turn, it was your faith in God that gave you peace - that blessing that you received and didn't deserve, you have no other explanation than to acknowledge that God did it for you, even though you did nothing to earn or deserve the favor.

I want to challenge you today - don't hide your belief. While your faith is personal, we are called to share our faith. You are right, there is a higher level of accountability for your decisions once you claim the label of believer, but remember, you privately call yourself a believer already, so the accountability is already yours. To whom much is given, much is required. Today is the day for you to stop living a lie. Let the secret out. Let your declaration line up with your life and your life line up with your declaration. This post is resonating with you because I know your faith is important to you - today, I challenge you to live out the faith that is within you.

Mark 8:38New King James Version (NKJV)
38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”


Submitted by Pastor Razel Jones

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recharge

Today, I went to work and forgot my charger at home. It's the end of the day and I only have a little battery left. As soon as I get home, I will charge it up so that I have access to its use as soon as possible. Have you ever felt like my phone? Losing power, light dimming, running out of energy, seemingly about to die and not be of any good use to anyone?

There are two important steps I'm going to take for my phone that would be good for you to take as well to get your charge back:
  • First, I will plug it in to the power source:
In the same way, when you're losing energy, you need to plug back in to your power source. In the presence of the Lord, there is fullness of joy and the joy of the Lord is your strength. The way to plug in is to find your way into the presence of the Lord. How do you get there? Prayer, reading the Word, praise, worship, meditation, fasting. These activities energize, refill, and recharge you. There are certain activities that you engage in that drain you and others that charge you. Find the things that energize you and recharge your battery.   
  • Second, I will let it rest:
Sometimes, we burn out because we won't rest. I challenge you to be fully present in whatever it is that you're doing. If you're playing, totally commit to playing; if you're working, totally commit to working; if you're exercising, totally commit to exercising; if you're praising, totally commit to praising... if you're resting, totally commit to resting! With my phone, if I charge it while also using it, it is going to take much longer for the device to fully charge than it would if I would leave it alone to its charging. Rest, rest, rest! 

Now, I have two sets of questions for you to think about:
  • How do you recharge? What builds you back up again? Where do you gain your energy from?
  • What is blocking your rest? What distracts you from being fully present when you rest?

Matthew 11:28-30New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”


1 Peter 5:7New Living Translation (NLT)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 





Thursday, September 11, 2014

My best isn't good enough


Have you ever felt like you were giving your best effort, but that effort was not good enough? How frustrating! I remember in my undergraduate work in college taking a Business Law class. I once had aspirations to be a lawyer, so I was extremely excited about the content. We were going to spend much of our time studying contracts. I happily went to class, did the homework, engaged in the discussions, studied hard, and when I took the tests, I repeatedly received low grades - mostly Ds to be exact. This was uncommon for me. I'm not proud of this, but I must honestly admit that at that point in my life, I typically only put in a little work and received As and Bs, so this was a different experience for me. I was working hard - giving my best - and almost failing the course. Consequently, I took the course again with a different teacher and I'm glad to report I received an A the 2nd time around - but, I think I learned more from the D.

What a life lesson! There are days now where I feel like I felt in that Business Law class while engaging in ministry, administration, career, fatherhood, marriage, etc. While passionate about what I'm doing, sometimes my best just isn't good enough. Sometimes I don't have enough time, knowledge, energy, or experience and some things fall short and go undone. So, what do you do when your best isn't good enough? I have three suggestions:

1. Know that you're in good company.

Throughout the bible and throughout history we find many stories of great individual success stories that often eclipse the back-stories of extreme failure in the same individual. We could run down the list of amazing failures who we know as amazing successes, but you've seen all of that before. The takeaway is that you cannot learn to be great without experiencing some failure. Strength is born out of struggle. So, even if you feel like your best is not enough and you're falling short, know that you're in good company.   

Romans 3:23 (NKJV) confirms this truth when it states, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  

2. Don't stop trying.

This, or some variation - don't give up, keep going, try again, etc. - seems to be the advice that I tend to default to in almost every situation. We can't afford to give up. I've heard it said that "failure is not an option." I beg to differ, failure is absolutely an option - an option that I have found myself selecting time and time again. What is not optional when tasked with accomplishing a task God has asked you to do is quitting! You may fail, but you cannot quit. It can be so frustrating to give your all and still not measure up to what is needed, but that does not give you an excuse to stop giving your all. When the good effort that we offer doesn't work, we have a tendency to stop offering good effort. Don't get lazy! Don't let your frustration stop your efforts. 

Galatians 6:9 (KJV) validates this advice as it encourages: "let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
3. Stop relying on your best.

This final advice is humbling, yet eventually encouraging to grasp. Left alone to our own abilities, we are likely to fail over and over again. It is not until we allow God to add His extra to our ordinary - His super to our natural - His above to our average, that we will ever be able to fulfill the purposes of God in our lives. God loves to use insufficient people, organizations, systems, processes, places, and things. Using something that is not enough on its own demonstrates His greatness. When God uses me with all of my issues, it communicates to those who know me that it must be God at work. God is not intimidated by our issues, shortcomings, struggles, or weaknesses. So, today I challenge you to offer your best, but rely on God's best - His anointing, which gives us the ability to do what we could not do on our own. 

Here are a few NKJV scriptures to reinforce your reliance on God rather than self:
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9: And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
  • Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  • Matthew 19:26: But, Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Submitted by: Pastor Razel Jones

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You fit the description

Deuteronomy 28:12-13New King James Version (NKJV)

12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Last week, I went to a neighborhood park in Kentwood and played with my daughter while a team from our church met about some upcoming events. At one point, I went back to sit with the group working on the event. A few minutes later, two police officers approached the picnic table where we sat. As they approached, we asked "what's up?" 
One of the officers responded, "we received a call and we're looking for someone here in the park - can I see your ID?"
There, I sat, the African American male at a table with 4 African American women and 2 babies. As we sat, about two weeks into the tragedies in Ferguson, a flood of thoughts entered my head. As I reached for my drivers license, I stated, "so, I fit the description, huh?" 
The officer answered, "yes, you do."
I gave my ID and the officers realized that I was not who they were allegedly looking for. Thoughts continued to enter my mind. The main thing I wondered is what that description really was that I fit to those officers. Was it, black male? Bald? 5'6"? Did I look dangerous as I sat at a picnic table with my church leaders? Did I look like a criminal as I was pushing my daughter on the baby swing? How did I fit the description? This was a description that was not favorable for me to fit on this particular day. In their eyes, I wasn't a pastor - I wasn't an author - I wasn't a Christian - I wasn't a husband - I wasn't a father - I wasn't a human resources professional - I wasn't an MBA - I wasn't a consultant... I was a suspect.  
In contrast, Deuteronomy 28:12-13 shares a description we should all want to fit. The passage describes a group of highly blessed people. People who's work is successful; people with enough resources to lend to others in need; people who are in-charge leaders who have attained a level of honor and prestige and rank in their fields. 
How do you get to the point where you fit this description? The secret is found in the last part of the passage: if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 
As I thought about this contrast, I became a little sad to think that even if you heed the commandments and live a life that is pleasing to the Lord, people still may not see you in the same light that the Lord sees you in. Even if you've done nothing wrong, you may still simply be a suspect. 
I challenge you today to fix your sights on living to gain status with God rather than status with man. Peoples' perceptions of you may be inaccurate; they may see you in the wrong light; they may judge you without knowing who you are, but it is not peoples' perceptions of you that matter. What really matters is how God sees you and our text tells us that if you do what He says, He will bless you well beyond what any person could ever do for you. Not only that, He will cause you to be in a position to be a blessing to people who have had the wrong perception of you. Hold on to the promises of God! Living for Him is worth it! Without Him on that day in the park, I would have said more than I should and would have probably reacted in a way that would have caused more problems for me. With Him, I knew who I was and didn't feel the need to prove anything. Do you know who you are? Do you fit the description of a blessed person of God?   

Deuteronomy 28:12-13New King James Version (NKJV)

12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Spiritual Disciplines Consecration

As we prepare for Increase 2014 on October 3-5, 2014, our church has begun a consecration focused on improving our spiritual disciplines in a variety of ways. We will consecrate and discipline ourselves everyday of the month of September. We would love for you to join us in this Consecration. Below are the instructions:

  • Sundays - Increased worship (corporate and individual)
    • Come to church worshiping, worship and then worship some more in the evening.
  • Mondays -Increased meditation
    • To meditate is to engage in thought or contemplation - to reflect
    • Spiritual introspection
    • Clear your mind of the clutter and give space for God to speak to you without interruption 
  • Tuesdays - Increased prayer & fasting - fast from midnight - 6:00 p.m. 
    • Preferably just drink water. If that's not possible, add juice and/or fruit.
  • Wednesdays - Increased bible study
    • Study a passage of scripture - dive into it - look words up, think thoroughly, search for revelation knowledge and understanding.
  • Thursdays - Increased bodily exercise
    • Discipline yourself to take care of God's temple, that is, your body through physical exercise.
  • Fridays - Increased corporate prayer (15 minute prayer call at 6:30 a.m. EST)
    • Start your day with a corporate time of prayer.
    • Prayer call line - dial 1.605.475.3200 and enter access code 563087#
  • Saturdays - Increased administration (handle some business that you've been needing to handle, but haven't been getting to)
    • What administrative task have you been needing to do, but haven't gotten around to it? Discipline yourself to work on it today. Whether working on your resume, writing the song, book proposal, managing your calendar, planning an upcoming event, handling an assignment for school, for church, for work - whatever it is, today is a day to make progress towards completion of those administrative tasks that haven't been getting completed in your life. 
More information is coming soon about Increase 2014. In the meantime, stay consecrated and keep moving forward towards the actualization of your vision. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Out of control

Sometimes, life can feel like it is spiraling out of control. Compounded trouble can place extreme weight on our shoulders and before we know it, our lives have shifted from trying to actualize our vision to simply trying to figure out how to deal with the massive weight we carry from day to day. Many people have given up on thriving; it can feel overwhelming enough just to try to survive. Let me give you four strategies for getting a handle on this chaos so that you can refocus towards your pursuit of destiny:

1. Choose your battles wisely.

Only engage in battles that are worth fighting. These are the battles that will help you in the war. If winning a battle doesn't help you get closer to your destiny, it isn't worth fighting. Many times we work hard to prove a point and once proven, we find it doesn't really matter anyway. This is a waste of energy and effort. It is important for you to learn how to do what you can and it is equally important that you don't try to do what you can't. There are battles to fight (fight the good fight of faith) and there are battles that you don't have to fight (stand still and see the salvation of the Lord) - choose wisely!

2. Avoid isolation.

As I have experienced myself go through stressful situations and as I have coached others through stressful situations, it has become very clear that it can be dangerous to isolate yourself when dealing with stress. While, it sometimes feels that this is the thing to do and sometimes you don't want to burden others with your problems, the bible is clear in teaching us that we're not islands. Isolation is a breeding ground for out-of-control thoughts which lead to nonproductive actions. If you have a positive support system (church, family, friends, etc.), let your support system provide support. If you don't have a positive support system, pray for and seek a church family and/or a group of positive people doing positive things with which to spend your time.

3. Posture yourself for your future.

Develop a worldview of being future-facing. Spending too much time dwelling on your past can be counterproductive. In the same way, focusing on the stress and pain presently facing you can be a negative practice. I challenge you to always ask yourself: "What have I learned from what I've been through that could help me now?" and "How can I recover and grow from what I'm facing right now and use it to advance to my future?" Everything you're going through and everything you have gone through will develop something in you that you will need later. All things work together for the good of them who love the Lord - so, focus forward; your future will be better because of your experience.

4. In order to gain control, you must lose control.

If your situation seems out of control, perhaps that is because the wrong person has the controls (in case you're wondering, that wrong person is you). There's an incredible peace to be gained by giving your problems to God. We are instructed to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us. Your situation will remain out-of-control as long as you are trying to control it - when you give your pain, your worry, your anxiety, your stress to God, your situation will feel and become better. Let go and let God have His way!

Submitted by: Pastor Razel Jones

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Progress Report

In my school days, I remember receiving assessments in the middle of a semester to let me know how I was doing in classes. These progress reports gave an indication of what my next moves needed to be in order to achieve success in the rest of the semester. The word "progress" is defined as forward movement toward a destination. Today, it is my hope that you are making progress towards being who God says you are. Your destination (destiny) is the place your movement must be aimed towards. 

What movements have you recently made in your life? Are those movements taking you forward or backwards? Progress begins with honest self-reflection. Today, I encourage you to look over the recent moves you have made in your life and genuinely examine if your movement is taking you closer to or further away from the destination that God is calling you to. 

We all spend a lot of time hoping for progress, but oftentimes progress can seem to be elusive. Have you ever been in a season in your life where it felt like you had made no forward movement towards your destination for quite some time? 

Progress really is not as hard to attain as we sometimes make it out to be. The etymology of the word progress breaks the definition of the word down to pro (forward) and gressus (to step). It is from the Latin "progressus" which simply means to step forward. I believe many of us are often off the mark with our self examination and we mislabel ourselves as individuals who are making no progress because we have not arrived at our destiny. This is likely to be an inaccurate analysis. It is easy to lose site of the progress you have made by focusing on the distance you still have left to go towards your destination. Your progress is not about your arrival at destiny - it is about your stepping forward towards destiny. In fact, that's what the whole of salvation and right living is about - stepping forward towards destiny. It is a process of progress.

As you examine yourself, you must diagnose if your recent movement has taken you closer to destiny or not. Does that relationship take you closer to or further from destiny? Does that decision carry you in the right or wrong direction? Is that choice bringing you one step closer to or one step further away from your destiny? If you are not moving closer to destiny, there is a simple solution - just take a step forward! If you feel you're not making progress, it's crucial that you determine what you are going to do about it. 

Tonight, I spoke with one of our church leaders and I asked the question, "are you making progress?" The answer was, "some". I continued investigating and we discovered that for this leader, she would feel progressive if three things happened. One of those things was to get up earlier in the morning. She immediately set an alarm for earlier and instantaneously - BOOM! - she made progress. It was as simple as that - she took a step forward - not a sprint - not a flight; she didn't even exactly reach the destination by doing what the goal was but, she took a step forward. This is a change in how we grade ourselves; this is a change in how we measure our progress. If we assess ourselves based on the true definition of the word, "progress" rather than our idealized image of the meaning of the word, we would win more; we would be less discouraged, and make much more progress.

Finally, once you make progress, study your success. What did you do right? What worked? Once you discover the patterns of your success, apply them again and continue your success - keep progressing - keep stepping forward all the way to your destination. I heard Andy Stanley say, we typically don't study our own success. We study our failure and other people's success, but not our own success. If we would learn to pay attention to what we do right, we would perpetuate our success rather than our failure. 

Today, as you assess your progress towards destiny, I encourage you to pay attention to what is right about you, instead of only focusing on what is wrong with you. My prayer for you is that you take steps forward all the way to your destiny. Don't discount the progress you are making towards your destination. 


Philippians 3:16New Living Translation (NLT)
16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.