by Sharman J. Monroe
I’m guilty. I’ve written post after post talking about the value of reading or listening to material that improves the way you think and act. An enlightened mind takes your thoughts and actions to new, higher levels of achievement. The Bible teaches:
Do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes]. Romans 12:2 (AMP)
And I’ve spent my time doing exactly that – focusing on my personal development by reading and listening to materials that enhance my thinking and actions.
But recently I had a revelation. Personal development encompasses more than the way you think. It also encompasses other areas of your life.
- Your Physical Being. The Word teaches:
Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NJKV)
But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave… 1 Corinthians 9:27 (AMP)
Your body is a temple, a sacred creation. You don’t misuse and abuse your church building, which is also a temple, so don’t misuse and abuse your body. Being healthy is vital. If you feel sluggish, you act sluggishly. Be sure to incorporate exercise into your day. You can start small by just adding more walking during your day. Invest in a good pedometer to count your steps. Exercise reduces stress, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Watch what you eat. A steady diet of fast food, skipped breakfasts and snack food can lead to deficiencies in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to function properly. Add more fruit, vegetables and water to your diet. You will feel great and have more energy!
- Your Finances. The Word teaches:
Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no more room to receive it. Malachi 3:10 (AMP)
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 (NJKV)
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks… Proverbs 27:23 (NJKV)
God gives us a lot of instruction on how to handle money so it doesn’t become an idol or control us. I don’t need to tell you how stressful dealing with money can be. You can relieve that stress by, first and foremost, tithing at least 10% of your gross income. Then make a spending plan (I don’t like the word “budget”) each month for the balance of the income, deducting expenditures daily. Create a plan to reduce your debt and Continue reading