Author: Bryant Kitchell

How Am I Living?

How Am I Living?

The sun is quickly setting on 2017.  In a little more than 40 days 2017 will be a memory.  In the closing moments of 2017 have you thought to ask yourself “how am I living”?  It seems that it was only just the other day that New Years Resolutions were the topic of conversation on social media.  It was a great idea for the moment, and even provided some motivation, but as time passed so did those resolutions.

How Am I Living?  What challenges did you overcome this year?  What victories did you celebrate?  What mountains did you climb, and what valleys did you walk through?  How are you living?  The writer James in the New Testament part of the Bible states that life is a vapor.  It is here one day and gone the next.  We keep saying things like “tomorrow I will start this business” or “next week I will start taking a class”, and we keep putting off what we could do right now.  I had an individual stop by my office the other day and wanted to know my thoughts on them going back to take some college classes.  I need to tell you that this individual in north of 65 years old.  They want to learn additional information that will help them be better in a skill that they have done for years.  I told them that I thought it was a great idea.  I asked “when are you starting the class”?  Their response was “I’m leaving your office to go and sign up right now”, and they did!

So things didn’t go as planned in 2017.  Just get back up, and brush yourself off and try again.  Dave Ramsey recently made a statement that says: “Success is a pile of failures that you are standing on top of”.  It is only failure if you stay in the dirt.  Get up!  Is life happening to you or are you happening to life?  Keep trying!  Keep getting back up!  Learn from the process!  There is purpose in the process!  It is better to aim high and miss the mark then it is to aim low and hit it.  Shoot for the stars!  Good is not good enough if you can do better.

Over the next 40 days or so take inventory of your life.  Ask yourself “how am I living”?  Write down the things you want to improve about your life, and get started on that list today!  Don’t wait!  Don’t put it off until tomorrow!  Start right now!  I leave you with the words of the Holy Scripture as recorded in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”

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Where Do I Fit?

Where Do I Fit?

This is a question that we ask ourselves.  We as human being have a need to belong.  We want to fit in, but often times we don’t know where we fit.  Whether it is in business, family, church, or community we as humans want to know where we fit in.

Each of us have been uniquely created by God.  We have unique talents, personalities, temperaments, gifts, and abilities.  There are no two human beings exactly alike.  We are each different in our own unique way.  The challenge is to be able to come together in unity for the betterment of the whole.

 

Consider a building

There are many things that make up a building.  Each item, whether it is carpet, 2″x4″ studs, linoleum, sheet rock, or lavatories, has a part in the bringing together of a building.  Those items are not interchangeable.  Carpet cannot fulfill the needs of a lavatory, or vice-versa.  But each item, in its place, fulfilling the role it is designed to play makes for a building fitly framed.

When we as individuals find our place and where we fit; we then become individuals that make the greatest impact on our world.

 

Where Do I Fit is about Serving

Consider with me for a moment the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatia church.

(Gal 5:13 KJV)  “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

  1. As it is used here, the word is a command.  We are commanded to serve one another.
  1. Many people are just not sure how to serve in a way that produces fruit and causes them to be fulfilled.
  1. We can be very active, while not being very effective.  Some people’s concept of serving results in Motion without Movement.  It is like being on a treadmill.  A symptom of this is when we feel that we do a lot for God, but feel drained from being pulled in so many directions.

 

Making An Impact

When one finds their place of service, they become an impact person.  This is when one serves according to their passions, personality gifts, and temperament.  When one serves doing things that fit these three items, there are positive results:

  1. Our efforts (energize) us rather than tire us.
  1. What we do makes a recognizable difference.
  1. We have more (enthusiasm)  for the responsibility.

 

You can make an impact on the world around you.  You can make a difference on the lives you touch everyday.  In the last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey we have watched everyday ordinary people make a huge difference in the lives of so many.  People that have found their place of service have made the greatest impact in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Whether that place of service was rescuing people by boat, vehicle, or by other means.  Whether that place of service was distributing water and necessary goods.  Whether that place of service was helping clean out homes and business to begin the recovery process.  People found their place, got in their place and went to work.

I believe this quote sums things up: “It is generally in tumultuous times that people make the greatest difference in their world.” ~ Henry Blackaby

Charles Dickens once said “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Find your place and make an impact!  There is no time like the present to impact your world for the good!  You don’t need to be a superstar, you just need to have a purpose and passion.  It is at the crossroads of purpose and passion where you will make the greatest difference!

6 Principles To Live By

My brother and I are blessed to have a Christian Dad & Mom.  Growing up in a pastors home had its challenges, but it also had many wonderful privileges as well.  Traveling and meeting new people was one of the many privileges we enjoyed.  Our lives were and still are very busy.  Always someplace to go, someone to see, and something to do.

 

Dad and mom though always made sure they took time to spend with my brother and I.  We learned a lot growing up in a pastors home.  Dad and mom were very intentional about teaching us principles to live by so that when we got older we would be able to stand on our own two feet.  We would be prepared to face the bad times, and embrace the good times.  It was those principles that we were taught as kids that have kept us to this very day.  No matter what situation life may present us we have learned to allow our lives to be governed by six principles that our dad and mom ingrained in each of us.

 

Those six principles are still relevant today.  I have had good days, and I have had bad days.  I have had ups, and I have had downs.  I truly believe that if we live our life governed by God’s Word – the Bible we can live an overcoming life.  The six principles work in the home, in our personal life, at school, at work, at church, and at play.  They work if you are poor, and they work if you are rich.  They work not matter what nationality you are.  They work if you are young, and they work if you are old.  I want to challenge you to put these six principles to work in your life for the next 30 days.  If you are married ask your spouse to do this with you.  If you have children at home get them involved with this challenge as well.  You can do this, and you will be glad you did.  I know I am glad I learned to live by these principles.

 

6 Principles to Live By

  1. Do Right
  2. Be Clean
  3. Be Honest
  4. Love Truth
  5. Work Hard
  6. Be Obedient