Habits to cultivate that will influence an outstanding year for you… (Part 2)

Hi good day,

I’m back again today and this is the continuation of yesterday’s post.. CLICK HERE if you missed it.

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So here we go:

  • Serve with an open and willing heart

Wherever you find yourself, make yourself useful and be willing to serve to the best of your abilities, be it at your 9-5 job, at the church, as a community volunteer, for an NGO, at an event. Do it willingly and open-heartedly, you never can tell who may be watching. The good deeds you do no matter how little, will always find a way of coming back to you. Sow that you may reap in due season. King Solomon said in the Bible (Ecclesiastes 9:10): “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”, he was acknowledging that there is always something tangible to do and we can always make ourselves useful. A quote by Charles Spurgeon says, “One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories.” This challenges us to grab hold of the ordinary responsibilities of each day like we own them and simply make sure they get done and not just done but done excellently. So serve willingly as much as you can, make positive long lasting impact in the lives of many around you and as you try your best to light the way that will be beneficial to others, you’ll also get lit.

  • Give, Love and help others grow

Your life is really never and should never always about you. Learn to give, love and help others grow. Give your time, effort, knowledge, prayers, smile, advice, money, gifts as much as you can and ensure you’re helping the next person grow. Your life is really never about you and you will be doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t understand the fact that God permitted you to come into this world not to live for yourself alone, but to live for others as well. If God wanted us humans to live for ourselves alone, He would have conveniently, I mean conveniently created individual planets for every single person life can present, but NO! He created us to cohabit with one another here on planet earth (one planet) because He knows we need each other to survive. No doubt, human beings can be pretty difficult at times (i’m not exempted) but we need to try to take several steps backward from “self” and take several steps forward to reach out to others nevertheless.

  • Cultivate the habit of saving for a lifetime.

I’m literally laughing at myself…LOL. It was not until late last year I truly caught the rhema of habitual saving (covers face, don’t judge me). Initially, I used to save for “the rainy day”. My whole idea about saving was keeping aside about 10-15% of my income and being able to spend out of it on myself whenever I liked. For example; like whenever I wanted to buy that fantastic-eye-catching shoe or dress, or whenever I felt like treating myself with a box of pizza and coldstone ice cream (don’t judge me still..lol). Thank God I’m a changed person now. Saving for a lifetime requires you to set aside a fixed percentage of your income that would accumulate over time for a lifetime, which in turn can be helpful offset a lifetime need (“need not want”) when it arises in the future. Saving is usually not easy but you just have to adjust your mindset, be determined and dedicated to doing it. The best way to frame your mindset towards savings is to pretend like you’re paying off a debt monthly or as frequently as you desire for it to be. Continuously  make the conscious effort to pay that fixed percentage of your income into a dedicated savings account (preferably one without a debit card or withdrawal slip). Even if you reach your set goal for a particular period, do not stop.

  • Pay your tithes and offerings (first-fruit offering included)

This is the aspect many people tend to skip or don’t even like hearing about but I must talk! God gave us everything we have or must have accumulated. He gave us life, every single moment, every single breath, every single second. God gave us the ideas, talents, the ability to be creative and earn money/create wealth. God gave us opportunities, some taken some lost. He asks us to bring ALL our tithes and offerings into His store house and this becomes a big deal? Despite all His goodness, we take most of it for granted and live our lives here on earth as though we were self made? Tithing and paying of offerings can never be overemphasized. It is giving back 10% of your earnings to God and First fruit offering is giving ALL of your first income at your first job and also giving the difference when your income is increased. The truth is that God doesn’t require your money, He owns the Heaven and the earth and all that’s in it. All He requires is that you obey Him. Make a change and cultivate the habit of paying your tithes and offerings, there are manifold blessings attached to it (Read Malachi 3:10-12). You wouldn’t want to miss out on them.

  • Cultivate the habit of gratitude

It’s actually so easy to become ungrateful in this present age because we easily get carried away by the numerous mundane activities in life these days and forget to be grateful for the numerous blessings made available to us per time/season by God. Instead of focusing on these blessings no matter how little, we focus more on the pending negative challenges and on what God hasn’t done yet and then feel like we are worthy of the little we have, so no need to be grateful for anything. Life is like a pendulum, there will definitely be high and low moments. It’s really never going to be a smooth sail all through but we can still remain grateful still. So no matter the circumstance you find yourself in, whether good or bad, do yourself a great service by being grateful/thankful. It goes a long way to keeping you positive about the future, as well as keeping you in a sound state of mind. Practice the habit of keeping a gratitude journal or jar, so that as time goes on, you can reflect and see that God has indeed been faithful.

  • Do not walk alone, walk/partner with God

All the mentioned points above and in the previous post will all be meaningless if God is not involved. I mean this year will turn out to be a mess and just mere talk if you do not partner with God. He knows your end from your beginning and your beginning from your end, so why not just let Him walk you through every process and make the journey way easier for you?. My advice is that you leverage on His power, seek His opinion in every step of the way. Once He approves of a process, just obey and walk in that path even if the path may feel strange or “not ideal”. He never makes mistakes, trust me!

In the light of this, we have come to the end of this write-up and my prayer for you is that you will not miss out on the goodies God has attached to this special year, as you apply these little principles here and there in Jesus name. Amen!!!

Thanks for taking out time to read this. If you have other points or suggestions to make, please feel free to share in the comment section below (we are all learning 🙂 ) .

Have a fruitful day, week, month and year in general!… xoxo

~ Mary Agaruwa

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