May
29
2009
0

How to Invest in Your Self (Part 2 of 3)

Happy Friday to everyone! One more day until Saturday… Hooray!

Anyways, this is Part 2 of our 3 Part series on ‘How to Invest in Yourself’. In this series, we are looking at seven (7) things we can pursue… that will increase us spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

These things include:

1) Spend 15-30 minutes a day in Personal Development
2) Put God First, Family Second, Self Third, Others Fourth
3) Make Own Lifestyle Decisions
4) Whatever U Do for Money… Make Sure Your in Business for Yourself
5) Exercise
6) Make the Most of the Money You Bring in to Your Home
7) Map Out Your Own Financial Future

Yesterday, we described in detail the first two items on the list above.

If you missed Part 1, you may click here to read it first.

(3) Make Your Own Lifestyle Decisions
Depending on what your personality or upbringing is… some people are more independant than others are. For example, I myself moved out of my father’s home when I was about 19 years of age, because I had a VERY strong independent nature and because of my upbringing.

My wife, however, grew up in a very sheltered home where her mother was highly protective of her… so when I first met her, she had a dependent nature for the most part (however, this has changed in the past few years… and she has grown more independent).

In order to get further in life… you need to grow more independent in your thoughts and actions, and my wife’s own example proves that this can be done. Only follow a person’s advice if they have succeeded in the area that you wish to succeed in.

For example… I will NOT take financial advice from a homeless person or a person who just had his home foreclosed on. Why? Because obviously their advice doesn’t work… otherwise they wouldn’t be in the situation that they’re in… so why should I follow suit?

When you make your own lifestyle decisions… it is your way of telling the world that, ‘I am in charge of my own destiny!’ Let’s face the facts… people who allow others to constantly make decisions for them…. lead dull, meaningless existences for the most part.

Making GOOD lifestyle decisions means that you make decisions that are in the best interests of yourself and your family FIRST… and don’t allow other’s opinions to bully you into making decisions that are NOT in your best interest.

As Christians… and even for those of you reading this who don’t believe in Christ (yet) and live good, moral lives… we tend to have a soft nature towards others… and want to please everyone around us, and help everyone else around us. While this is a GOOD thing for us to do (think of others first)… we must NEVER put others first, at the expense of our own family!

Is it right for a man to help his brother financially… at the expense of him not being able to keep the lights and water on at his home and for his family? Or at the expense of his children not having hot food at night or clean diapers to wear?

Is it right for a woman to spend all her time at church or working at a food kitchen… at the expense of her husband and children NEVER seeing her at home for ten months at a time?

While we are called to help others… we MUST set boundaries, and never allow our good works to come at the expense of our spouses and children.

Make your own lifestyle decisions based on your own values, your beliefs, your knowledge, your vision, and your goals. Never make them on other’s values and beliefs in order to please that person.

Remember friend…. you are the MASTER of your own destiny!

4) Whatever You Do for Money… Make Sure Your in Business for Yourself
Let me start off by saying this… I am NOT advocating that you immediately go to your boss right now and tell him, ‘I quit… because Wiafe told me too quit!’

Never that… that would be a poor decision on your part.

What I am saying, however… is that somewhere in your financial plans and goals, you should have a plan on how you can make and create money for yourself… outside of your job.

People tend to gravitate towards jobs… over running their own businesses (in my personal opinion)… because they fear the unkown and feel like there is more security in working for someone else.

Jobs are good if:
(1) You are doing something that you like…
(2) If you’re making the money that you want…
(3) and if you are promised total job security (no layoffs) until you reach your retirement age.

If these three things above apply to you… then stay at your job… FOREVER! There’s no problems or issues… and one of my mottos is, ‘If it ain’t broke… don’t fix it!’

However… if you HATE your job… if you are not making the money that you DESERVE… and/or if you go to work everyday in fear of getting slapped in the face with a pink slip… then it is up to you, to take the bull by the horns, and become the CHANGE that you want!

No one else will do it for you… you have to do it for yourself!

If this is you… I highly recommend you get and read the books, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki… and also 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller.

Also check out the post I did on February ’09 titled, ‘Need More Money in Your Pocket? Keep Reading if You Do… Part #2

What do you think? Let me know with your comments… all feedback by you whether negative or positive is welcome!

Until Monday… be blessed this weekend and walk in God’s abundance today!



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May
28
2009
3

How to Invest in Your Self (Part 1 of 3)

Happy Thursday to everyone around the world. Depending on what time you read this post, you have less than 48 hours to go until the weekend comes… so keep on pushing hard in your work week and don’t give up, friend!

Today’s post will be about an important subject (I guess I could say that about everything I write, LOL). It is about investing in the MOST important asset in the world… it is about investing in the security that will bring you in the MOST R.O.I. (return on investment) for your buck!

Today’s post is about Investing in Your Self!

To make it more clear… it’s specifically about investing in your mind and your spirit, and this is part 1 of a 3-part message series.

The issue we have is that across the world, we have too many people who perhaps may love to invest in money… but fail to invest in self. These next three posts won’t really focus too much on money (although you can check out the TodayAbundance.com Money & Wealth Category for more on money).

When you invest in yourself or anything in life… what you are doing is saying, ‘Hey I am going to sacrifice time, money, blood, sweat, tears, my 1st born child (just kidding!) TODAY… so that I can attain something  greater TOMORROW!’

But remember, in whatever you do… be like Jesus and “count up the costs” (Luke 14:25-35)

So let’s get started… Here are the few things in no particular order that I think of when it comes to investing in yourself… or personal development:

* Spend 15-30 minutes a day in Personal Development
* Put God First, Family Second, Self Third, Others Fourth
* Make Own Lifestyle Decisions
* Whatever U Do for Money… Make Sure Ur in Business 4 Urself
* Exercise
* Make the Most of the Money You Bring in to Your Home
* Map Out Your Own Financial Future

(1) Spend 15-30 Minutes a Day in Personal Development
I learned this from J.B. Glossinger of Morning Coach. This is important for us all to do. At the beginning of the day (Monday through Friday)… it is vitally important to fill your mind and your spirit with good stuff… that will motivate you, challenge you, enlighten you, teach you, and lift you up!

So what kind of things should you do in your 15 – 30 minutes of personal development during your work week?

Well that really depends on what you do in life… and what you’re passionate about.

I am a preacher, blogger, and run a highly successful Internet Marketing business. As I am always on the go hustling and bustling around… I mostly use iTunes and the iPod for my personal development. I listen to spiritual things on the iPod (Daily Bible Reading, Various Christian messages, etc.)… and then I listen to motivational things that will pump me up on my iPod (MorningCoach, Zig Ziglar)…

I listen to things which will help me to become a better businessman (Internet Marketing Tips, How to Be a Better Sales Person, etc.)… and then I listen to things which will help me become more financially astute (Dave Ramsey, Ray Lucia, etc.).

I also try to read various blogs each week in a wide variety of different genres… and also read at least 2 books a month (or at least try to – LOL). I try and get a wide variety in, because as both a business man & a man for Christ… I am called to be well-rounded in not only Scripture and making money… but in psychology, counseling, speech, homiletics, accounting, marketing, leadership, theology, etc.

(2) Put God 1st, Family 2nd, Self 3rd, Others Last
Now this is just my opinion… so watch as I explain my opinion:

When you put God first… I am not saying you DO this solely by going to church (which you should do by the way, because being around those with the same beliefs strenghtens you). I am mainly saying that you need to give Him (God) personal time each day. This can be 10 minutes, 15 minutes, an hour… whatever is comfortable to you. After all, He made you, created you, and blesses you on a daily basis… we can’t afford NOT to give Him his time.

You can do this through prayer, meditation, and/or reading His Word.

When you put your family second… it is NOT saying you let them run over you and use you and burn you out like a cheap cigar! I am not even talking about putting your whole family first…  I’m just talking about your immediate family & household (spouse, kids). Put them first… because friends, jobs, businesses, associates will come and go… but your immediate family is always there!

Make sure that in your busy day… you spend QUALITY time with them. You can always make money, but can you ever replace the time that you missed watching your children grow up? No, you can’t.

When you put yourself third… it means that you spend time to develop yourself and take time to recharge yourself when you are worn out (spiritually, mentally, or physically). It means you don’t allow people to push you around… or use you… or harm you in anyway.

It means you take the time and money to invest in yourself,  and build your self-esteem up, and build your self-worth up… because you are a million-dollar creation, in fact you are worth even more than that!

When you put others last… it’s not saying that you’re being selfish by putting them last. Sometimes you will have to make a sacrifice in order to help someone (even when it means putting yourself last). But what it means is again, don’t ALLOW people to use you. Help people when it is in YOUR power to help them… and it won’t cause damage to yourself or your immediate household in doing so.

I personally would love to help everyone in the world with all their issues and problems, but I simply can’t.

I would love to give money to everyone who is broke, but I can’t… because I myself would go broke sooner, rather than later… and my wife would probably kick me out of the house if she seen the bank account was drained to zero!

I would love to spend time listening to everyone’s problem and offering to help them find a Godly solution… but I can’t, because I only have 24 hours in my day… and on top of that, I need to deal with Daniel issues!

More stuff to come tomorrow at http://www.TodayAbundance.com… so tune in! Kris Trujillo, if you’re reading this… I’m still only 29 years year-old (LOL). What do you think about today’s post? Anything to add on or take away? Agree or disagree? Let me know by commenting below!

Be blessed and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Life,Time Management | Tags:
May
26
2009
6

Do People Feel WELCOME Around You?

Alright… I will start off by saying this… if you have NEVER been to the Caribbean (or outside of the country that you currently live in)… you must go visit a foreign places and lands, as those will be some of the most enlightening times of your life!

That said… my wife and I just arrived back home from our vacation to Puerto Rico a few hours ago… and the experience of visiting a foreign land truly made my little world, get just a LITTLE bit larger. (and yes, I know P.R. is an American territory, but trust me… it is unlike anything you’ll EVER see in the continental United States)

As we were down there on the island…  exploring back and forth & interacting with many of the Puerto Ricans, for one of the first times in my life, I felt like the foreigner because I spoke ONLY a little bit of Spanish (enough to barely get me by)… and my wife spoke none at all!

Fortunately many of the Puerto Ricans were bilingual… but it seemed that just as many of them weren’t, and only spoke Spanish.

If any of you know what I’m talking about… you can agree that when you are not well-versed in the language of a country that you are in… you can feel somewhat lost, somewhat silly & goofy, a bit out-of-place, and slightly confused.

Rude awakening, yes… but now I know to a small degree what many Latino and other foreigners who first move to the United States feel like.

But, for the most part, I felt very welcomed in this new, tropical land that we visited… and I guess it helped that as tourists we were dishing out money, money, money (LOL).

So I started pondering this thought, “Am I (or any of us) the type of person… that goes out of their way to make other people feel welcome?”

In Mark 2:13-17, the apostle writes about how Jesus walked with, talked with, and had dinner with tax collectors, the sick, and other “sinners”… and how the Pharisees were anxious to rip him a new one because of Jesus’ choice of friends.

When you look at the character of Jesus and who He was… he totally exemplified the personality traits that we should all have. He welcomed ALL who came to Him. Now He might have put a few of those folks who came to Him in place… or scolded them… but whenever that happened, He did it in love… in order to better that person.

Jesus didn’t care if a person had a low socio-economic status… He didn’t care if they were a whore… He didn’t care if they stole… He didn’t care if they were blind… He didn’t care if they were super-wealthy… All who came to Him, were welcome.

So the question I would like to ask you (and don’t worry, I asked myself the same question — I didn’t want to be a hypocrite)… is this:

Do people feel welcome around you?

And no, I’m NOT talking about the people that you like… or love to be around… because that’s easy for you to make them feel welcome around you!

I’m talking about the people that you can’t stand being around. The people who owe you money from 5 years ago. The person who all your friends talk about because they’re different. Do you make them feel welcome?

That person who is a loner. That person you see everyday on the corner begging for money… and you think that if you give them money, they’ll spend it on liquor. Do you make them feel welcome?

Let’s go deeper. How about that person who is a different color than you. Yes I know that you’re not a racist, but do you shy away from a person or keep a person at distance…. just because they’re black, white, yellow, or red… just because they don’t “look like” you?

How about that person who is Jewish… or they’re Islamic… or Hindu… or dare I say they are an athiest… and don’t believe in God at all? Do you make them feel welcome around you?

What many people don’t realize is that walking with a welcoming spirit can be a ministry all in itself. When you make people feel welcome around you… you can cut down the tension, you can cut down the barriers that separate many of us… and this is all because making someone feel welcome around you is an act of love.

Now that’s not to say that you accept a person’s sin or moral defiencies. That should NEVER happen… but there’s an old saying that I heard once that says, ‘Accept the Sinner, not the Sin’.

As a person who 100% believes in the Bible as the Word of God… I understand that Jesus is”…the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes the Father… except through Him” (John 14:6). But that will NEVER stop me from making a person who thinks or believes differently from me… feel welcomed or loved.

You see, when you make someone feel welcome around you… through either conversation, or helping them, or befriending them, or something as simple as a caring smile… you are causing walls to fall down.

Why? Because you are letting that person know that you value them as a person, though they may look different from you, believe different from you, and may not be as popular or as high on the social ladder as you are…. you let them know they are welcomed… and therefore, they are loved!

By making people feel welcome around you… you are doing a great work… and are guaranteeing yourself that when you are in a vulnerable situation, that others will make you feel welcome around them.

Please let me know what you think on the blog or on the discussion group on the TodayAbundance group page on Facebook. I would like to hear what you all think!

So until tomorrow… “Nos vemos más tarde y ser bendecido!” (See you later and be blessed!)



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Inspiration,Relationship | Tags: , ,
May
24
2009
1

Winning as a Team… is BETTER than Losing by Yourself!

For the past four days… my wife and I have been vacationing in beautiful Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (about 15 miles east of San Juan) and for the most part… have LOVED our time and stay down here!

As I write this… I am sitting in the front hotel lobby on beautiful, marble floors… huge white-washed pillars surround me… a misty waterfall and lush greenery stand in front of me… and the sound of jazzy and festive salsa music invades the air!

The sun is setting and tantalizing Caribbean cuisine aromas fill the air… and that makes for a surreal and pretty setting where I am at… in this 80 degree, tropical paradise.

Okay… now that I have you salivating (LOL)… let’s get to this business of explaining why “Winning as a Team… is BETTER than Losing by Yourself!”

The other day… my wife and I took our rent-a-car and drove to do some shopping in the town that is outside of our resort. When we left… we got lost, and no matter how much I BEGGED… it seemed like our dear, old GPS didn’t like me… and wasn’t doing too much to help us out! It was getting dark… we’re in a foreign land… and it seems like many of the Puerto Ricans love to drive 100 m.p.h. on the interstate on Saturday night!

Ever had one of those days?

Anyways… I got angry at my wife because I felt like she was talking to me “way too much”… and that was the reason for us getting off track and told her to keep quiet, and I’ll find the hotel myself without her help. She shot back that we need to work together as “Team Wiafe” instead of trying to do things individually.

So as I thought about it… she was right. When we work together as a team, whether as a husband/wife, sibling, co-worker, business, ministry…. whatever type of relationship you may have with others… even if you or someone else “drops the ball”… as long as you are working with someone, that person can “pick up and recover the fumble”… and you can “win the game!”

Life is all about working as a team… in order to do and achieve something greater than you could accomplish by yourself. Don’t sell yourself short by doing EVERYTHING by yourself! Now I’m not saying you need to work as a team in everything that you do… but in many areas of your life, two heads are definitely better than one… and this is ESPECIALLY true in marriage.

So be blessed this Memorial Day weekend wherever in the world you are at… and remember, don’t try to do everything by yourself… because you just might lose the game!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Encouragement,Life | Tags: , ,
May
20
2009
2

Can This Mountain Be Moved?

The following is a post by my good friend, Jasper Nhira

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If you want something to happen get up and do it and quit acting like your waiting on God. I recently experienced this in my own life with my weight. For years I wanted to lose some weight and always prayed for good health but my prayers were not losing my weight for me.

It took me going to the gym almost everyday for the past 4 months to get results (I lost 30 pounds). Was God not answering my prayer to loss weight? No, There are certain things that God has given us the power to control that He will not move on until WE get up and ACT.

Mark 11:23 “For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he said.”

What the verse neglects to mention is that your mountain, struggle, addiction, hurt, pain, disappointment, lack of direction, disappointment, loneliness, discouragement, etc. won’t be moved all at once. Sometime it takes hundreds, thousands, millions of shovels full of dirt to finally level that mountain that stands in your way. Sometimes it will take your entire life to completely move the mountain. All you have to do it make sure that you concentrate on the next shovel full of dirt and you will eventually move that mountain.

The misconception is that people of God should not face the same hurts and pain that those in the world face, Wrong. The rain falls on both the just and the unjust equally, meaning bad things happens to all of us.

Sometimes I get mad at God because I depend on Him to the point that I don’t act. He becomes my crutch instead of my constant help in time of need. Guess what? God wasn’t created for us, NO, We were created for Him, by Him. Meaning His sole purpose is not to make our lives better and easier.

Example: Jesus Christ – Left Perfect Heaven to come down to Imperfect Earth. Was tempted by Satan. Lost friends, Was Betrayed. Was Let down, denied, rejected, beaten, spat on, wiped, crucified and all sin put on His back.

If this was God’s Only begotten Son and He went through all of that in obedience to His father what makes you think that you should skate throughout life without any battle scars? God is not here so that “money can come to you,” or for you to get more stuff, newer car, bigger house, nicer clothes, better retirement plan, Sorry.

The Only Thing God Has Called Us to Be Rich In Is LOVE, and Nothing Else. Stop asking Him for Stuff rather ask for a larger capacity to love and help those in need.

Jasper Nhira

Know God For Yourself.
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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Encouragement,Inspiration | Tags: , ,
May
19
2009
3

Why Does God ALLOW Evil to Happen in this World

“Why does God allow evil to happen in this world that we live in?”

Pretty deep question, huh?

Although it is a pretty deep, thick, and NASTY subject… it’s still a topic that most of us (if we’re honest about it) have thought about at some point in our lives.

If God created everything… and everything He created He called GOOD (read Genesis 1)… then everything includes evil… so would it be right for us to say that perhaps God was mistaken, or even that God “created” evil?

If God is so big and bad and controls everything… why is there evil present in this world? Why are there wars raging all across this globe? Why do people starve to death in 3rd world countries? Why do some of our loved ones die at an early age? Why did I lose my whole paycheck at the casino on Friday night, and now I can’t pay my rent?

Okay that last one was supposed to make you laugh… but I guess if that really happened to you, it’s not TOO funny, is it…?

But on a serious note, I started thinking about this topic after I went out to eat last week with some good friends. One friend brought up the subject of Adolf Hitler, and asked me if I thought it was possible for Jesus to forgive such an evil man who slaughtered 6+ million innocent people. (If you want my answer to his question… message me)

That lead me to think further about WHY evil is here. Some people I have spoken with have told me, “If God is so almighty, why doesn’t He remove evil from this world… or why doesn’t He erase all notion of evil from our mindsets and our hearts”.

The answer to this DEEP question of why there is evil in this world is very SIMPLE indeed. I am only a 29-year-old guy, so I won’t (and can’t) claim to know everything in this world… but I can say that I am quite certain I know the answer to this age-old question.

CHOICE. Choices and the FREE WILL that determines our choices is a thing we all possess as human beings and as God’s creation… and it is the CHIEF reason for the evil that plagues our world and our nation today.

God created the world, universe, stars, galaxies, mountains, oceans, and the air that we breathe. God even created all us little, ole human beings, angels, and even the devil a.k.a. Lucifer. Everything He created WAS good, including Lucifer.

God ALSO created us all with free will and choice. The reason He did this is simple: So that we can all independently make the CHOICE to serve and love God. If we were forced to love God (because we didn’t have a choice to)… then we would be nothing more than robots and machines.

Think about it. When you start your car in the morning… as long as it isn’t a beater or a piece of junk, doesn’t it always start when you turn the ignition with your key? When you flip a light switch on… doesn’t the light bulb always turn on? When you hit the power button on your computer… doesn’t it always come on?

Why does this happen? Because machines have no choice in the matter… and they are FORCED to do whatever you want. You, my friend, are NOT a machine. You are a fearfully and wonderfully created child of God… who was CREATED to LOVE God and people by your own choice… and ONLY by your choice!

If there is NO choice, there is NO love… and the ONLY reason why God created us, were to be expressions of His love because God is Love (1 John 4:16). You and the other 7 billion people on this earth can choose to either love Him and each other… hate God and therefore be wicked, cruel, and evil towards others… or make a choice to ignore God.

Whatever decision you make… it is ALWAYS your choice, and yours only.

We have to learn that many times in life… the cruel things that go down in this world are because of other people’s selfish actions (or inactions) and sometimes, innocent bystanders get hurt or even die because of these wicked choices.

We have to understand, that life is NOT fair… and some people (just being real) only get handed half-a-deck of cards to play with in this life… and others are “blessed” to get a full deck. How you play the cards that you are dealt in life… is up to you.

We have to know that God is all knowing and all supreme. Sometimes natural disasters happen (such as the massive tsunami years ago that killed 300,000+ people)… and sometimes the innocent die for apparently no reason (ex. a 3-month old baby dying of SIDS).

Nobody knows the answers for why some of these things happen… but all I know is that God is still in control, He still knows best, and He is still God. Even if my closest loved ones were to be taken away from me… I will still worship the Lord, my God!

Some people choose to say God is not real, when their loved ones die… and all I can say is that God is still real, no matter what. Just because tens of thousands of people die in car wrecks each year… will that make you say cars are “not real” and stop you from driving your car to work?

Just because some people die when they are worked on by a surgeon… will that make you say surgeons are “not real” and not go to one if your appendix is swelling and about to rupture?

So, how dare any of us say that God is NOT real… when things don’t always 100% go our own way. We all have at most 80-100 years on this earth anyways, and the fact is this: We will all die someday… and some of us will die a little early. Whenever we go… or our loved ones, remember… God is STILL in control!

Let me know what you think in the comments section (if you’re on the blog) or on the discussion board (on Facebook). Be blessed and walk in God’s abundance today.



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Encouragement,Purpose | Tags: , , ,
May
14
2009
0

Move Into Your Destiny

“The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

“So Abram left, as the LORD had told him”   (Genesis 12:1-4)

For some people out there who come to dead ends in the road, or in their lives, are tired, or are just plain frustrated that they are not able to go further in their lives…. sometimes the BEST solution is to physically pick up all your stuff that you own… and move to a different city, state, and QUITE POSSIBLY a different country (as Abram did).

We see in this Scripture, God told Abram to move from the land of his fathers… to a new land that God would show him… and by making this big move… God promised that He would BLESS Abram!

Something remarkable happens to people that move to new places… they get a spark of creativity, and energy, and a newness of life. Moving to new places can help to renew you spiritually as well as giving you a new charge.

After all, you are moving into a new climate, with new surroundings, you meet new people… and everything is well, new!

I once heard motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar say that many people who have moved from Chicago to St. Louis became wealthy once they moved to the new city. Then Ziglar proceeded to say that many people who moved from St. Louis to Chicago became wealthy once they moved to the new city. He ended off by saying it wasn’t the new city itself that these people moved into which caused the blessing to come… but moving into a NEW environment that caused the great change within those people.

This morning after I write this post, I am going to make the seven-hour drive out north to Omaha, the hometown that I grew up in. When I moved from Omaha, Nebraska to Tulsa, Oklahoma about 7 years ago… that was the BEST thing I could’ve have done in my life at that point, because my life had basically come to a literal stand-still.

Now in the next year, my family and I will be making a move to sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. I am excited to see what God has for myself and my family down there in ministry, business opportunities, and just plain general happiness!

In most cases… a move for most people is generally good for a person who is at a stand-still in life to do. But as a disclaimer I must say, that if you are not financially stable… reconsider the move, because the worst thing you can do is to move to a NEW place (especially if you’re moving with children)… and be broke. This is just a recipe for disaster.

So, where do I move to?

(1) It is always a good that if you make a move… that you make sure that you have a few family members close by… or at least good friends. Sometimes this is not possible, but it is always generally a good idea to move into an area that already has a couple people you know (especially if you are a strong, family-orientated person)

(2) Move into a place that has the type of weather you like. I like sunny, warm weather and hate cold, dreary weather… so the places that I would move would include the South, Southeast, Southwest, and possibly California.

(3) Make sure you’ll be able to make a living in the place you move to. If your career is as a computer programmer… and you move into a place that doesn’t have a good demand for computer programmers… you could find yourself up a creek without a paddle.

(4) Research, research, research! Always make sure you research every aspect of the new city you are about to move into. Know all about the city, the state, housing, schools, job market, economy, weather, people, churches, and social life of that area.

Be blessed and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Encouragement | Tags: , ,
May
13
2009
0

The GREATEST Law in the Universe!

I sincerely believe that one of the greatest barriers that many of us have when it comes to God, church, and spiritual things… is that we tend to follow a RELIGION, rather than have a RELATIONSHIP with God.

I may step on a few toes with this one and lose a few members off of this Facebook group or the blog… but hey, I was NEVER one to conform.  (o:

Simply put, religion is man’s search for God. Religion gives you a long list and set of burdensome, complex rules that you MUST follow or your salvation is at risk. Religion tells you don’t do this, don’t do that, wear these type of clothes or you’rr unholy… act this way or you’re unacceptable to the Almighty.

Basically put, religion tells you what to do to “look like and sound like” you are a godly person in other people’s eyes. Religion puts you into “shackles” and keeps you weighted down in fear on a daily basis… because you think that you might “slip up” and fall out of God’s favor.

Relationship with our heavenly Father, on the other hand… is what we MUST seek in order to have a fullness of life. Relationship means that you know God, you talk to Him, you listen to Him, you confide in Him, and you TRUST Him.

Relationship allows you to come to God, just as you are… with no condemnation. Relationship allows us to come to God, as messed up as we are… and on a daily basis, allow His power to change us on the inside, for the better.

True relationship with your Heavenly Father doesn’t tell you that you can’t eat this, or you can’t wear that, or you must worship God on certain days, and relationship does NOT tell you that you must perform certain rituals in order to remain in God’s grace. Relationship sets you free in life, “…for whom the Son (Jesus) sets free… is free indeed!” (John 8:36)

That said, the GREATEST law in the universe is this: LOVE.

Without love, there is NO relationship!

Consider this: Jesus was once asked by the Jewish teachers of his day, what is the greatest commandment. Out of the 613 laws and customs that the Jews had back in their day… Jesus was challenged to pick the best one.

His answer was this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

When you walk in love… you have fulfilled ANY commandment that there is. Love does not allow you to steal, because you respect the other person’s property. Love does not allow you to murder… because you honor that person’s life. Love does not allow you to cheat on your husband or wife… because you respect the sanctity of your marriage and your spouse’s feelings.

Love does not allow you to talk and gossip about people behind their backs… because you respect their feelings. Love does not allow you to hate or forget about God… because you honor the fact that He fearfully and wonderfully made you.

Love allows you to apologize when you are in the wrong… and even at times when you are in the right, just so you can make peace with your brother or sister.

Love allows you to go that extra mile for somebody else… even if they don’t “deserve” another second of your time.

Love allows you to see the good in people… rather than ONLY seeing their flaws and weaknesses.

Love does NO harm, love does NO evil, love does NO wrong, and love does NO damage!

This week remember this: A relationship with God is based on what you SHOULD do, rather than what you can’t do. And what you should do, is walk in love. Be blessed this week friend and keep on inviting your friends to join the group if you like what you receive each week… we are getting close to the 500 member mark!

If you have any remarks or comments to this post… feel free to put it on the blog below. Be blessed and walk in God’s abundance for your life today!



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May
11
2009
2

Living Positive in a Negative World

While doing research for a future book I am considering writing… I came across this AWESOME post written by Kathryn Lang on her blog at Proverbs31Life.com. It was a great post, with easy step-by-step directions on how we can live life MORE positively… and I have posted it below for you all to read.

Enjoy!

It is possible to live a positive life even with negative people all around you. It is POSSIBLE, but it ain’t easy!!!!

I live with several negative people around me every day. I see the half full glass and they see the need to buy milk at incredibly expensive prices and paying out the ear for gas to get there (the scary thing is that I’m NOT exaggerating).

It would be easy to fall down to their level. Finding the good and positive in situations (and especially in people) is not always the fun way to live. Choosing to nag, complain and basically pass out blame like Pez is a much easier path to take. At least it seems to be easier.

The truth is that positive people live healthier, happier and longer lives. That’s what I want for my children. So I choose to see the silver lining no matter what the grumblers and complainers may see. I choose to see the rainbow and admire the colors and not complain about the rain. I choose to see that our needs are met and not complain that we don’t have a million dollars in savings.

It has taken me years to work out a system, but I have developed ways to protect my positive attitude from the negative forces that often surround me.

1. Avoid negative news, movies and television shows. The attitudes you put into your eyes and your ears will fester in your heart and eventually come out of your mouth. Guard your mind!

2. Give up trying to make the people around you be positive. Live your life the way you know it should be lived (putting God first, putting others second, and then looking out for yourself as well). They will eventually come around or run away.

3. Find at least one positive outlet for your life (like this blog :D ). You need to be recharged and lifted up or the negative forces will suck the life right out of you.

4. Make a decision to stay positive for the next hour – and keep doing it for every hour of the day. A little at a time does not seem like such a big hurdle.

5. Being positive does not mean being perky. It is okay to be upset about a situation or to even be sad (because of a loss or a pain). It is what you do with those emotions that make the biggest difference between a positive person and a negative person. Do you take out your emotions on the people around you or to you begin to look for things in your life that you are truly grateful to have?

It is all about choice. The life that I live and that I teach my kids can be the one that is healthy, happy and full of life or it can be one of clouds, complaints and darkness. It seems like a simple enough choice, but every day I watch as people around me choose the dark over the light.

Kathryn Lang, July 29, 2008



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May
08
2009
2

How to Get MORE Done… in LESS Time (Part Two)

If you missed Part One of How to Get MORE Done… in Less Time, you can read it here. Basically, last week’s post stated that back in the 1920’s, Charles Schwab, a steel corporation tycoon… used a SIMPLE system to generate hundreds of millions of more dollars in a short amount of time. That system is detailed in last week’s post.

This post will be fairly short and simple also… so be blessed by it!

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule before? If you haven’t… you’re missing a big opportunity for yourself! The 80/20 rule (also known as Pareto’s Principle) states that 80% of an OUTPUT you want… comes from 20% of the INPUT that goes in.

Hope I didn’t lose you right there! So what does this mean? I’ll tell you…

* 80% of all the income earned in America, or any other country… is earned and held by the top 20% of the population.
* 80% of a business man or woman’s sales… comes from the top 20% of their customers.
* 80% of the amount of money that comes into a church on Sunday morning… comes from 20% of the church members.
* 80% of the food we eat… comes from 20% of the world.
* 80% of the clothes we wear throughout the week… comes from 20% of the clothes that are in our closets!

and…

* 80% of the results that we want… will come from the TOP 20% of the work we put into it!

This means that if you have a business, a job, a ministry, take care of a household, whatever you do… if you concentrate your efforts and your work on doing the MOST important things first (or the top 20% of your work)… you will have automatically accomplished 80% of everything that needed to get done!

But if you concentrate on doing the bottom 80% of the least important work you need to do (as most people do)… you will only accomplish 20% of the job you need to complete!

Amazing, huh?

Taking this further… most people work 8 hours a day on average. Most of this time is spent goofing off or doing irrelevant stuff (surfing the Internet, chatting on IM, talking on to friends on the phone, daydreaming, shuffling paperwork, checking e-mail too much, etc…)

If we simply went to work… and concentrated on doing the big things which were PRIORITY that needed to be done in order to get a job done, or make money for our business (ex. making those calls to the sales clients, selling our products/services, etc.)… it is possible that we could accomplish that in 1.5-2 hours time instead of 8 hours… and have completed 80% of ALL the work that was needed for the day!

In any typical workday… we tend to put off the boring or the more dreaded things (top 20%) to the latter part of the day… and we do the fun or easy things such as Internet, chatting to co-workers, etc. (bottom 80%) first.

If we would simply flip this around… and spend the first two hours of our day working HARD at accomplishing the important tasks (20%), we will accomplish MOST of the vital work that needs to be done (80% results).

So How Do I Put That into Action?

(1) Write down all the tasks you need to get done for the next day on paper… the night before you go back to work.

(2)Most of the times… there are 2, sometimes 3 very important tasks that we need to do in a day. Do these tasks first… and don’t allow ANYTHING to interrupt you from accomplishing these tasks.

(3) Try this for 30 days and see how free it makes you! If you own your own business… you will be WAY more productive, as much as by 800%. If you work a job… your boss will bend over backwards for you and might even promote you… If you are able to use the 80/20 rule effectively, you will have a less stressful and more enjoyable job ahead of you!

What do you think? Let me know! Be blessed of God in all you do and have an AWESOME weekend!



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