S.M.A.R.T. – START THE NEW YEAR

DECEMBER 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE

The righteous keep moving forward. JOB 17:9 NLT said, “Procrastination is the thief of time,” was

right. We keep postponing, promising ourselves we’ll do better. Be honest, how many of last year’s resolutions did you keep? This year do things differently. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. In other words, make them:

Specific: Get up earlier in order to read your Bible and pray before going to work. Make time for your family. Exercise. Eat right. Take care of your body; it’s God’s temple (See 1 Cor 6:19-20).

Moderate: Tackling more than one project at a time dilutes your focus and makes it harder to stick with. When you start too much you finish too little. Start small and build on your successes by mastering and maintaining one thing at a time (See Php 3:13).

Achievable: Don’t try to swallow the whole elephant in one bite. Baby steps are the name of the game. Talk in terms of what you will do instead of what you won’t. For example, instead of saying, “I’m not going to be so critical,” say, “Today I’m going to look for something good in everybody I meet” (See

Php 4:8).

Recordable: You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Documenting your progress (or lack of it!) makes you accountable, shows how far you’ve come and what you need to work on.

Time-specific: Review your goals weekly (or daily if you’re struggling). That way you can trouble-shoot early, and change direction when necessary. The Bible says, “Throw yourself into your tasks so … everyone will see your progress” (l Ti 4:15 NLT). Come on, make up your mind, get up off the couch and go for it!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Mugger: “This is a holdup! Give me your money or else!”

Victim: “Or else what?”

Mugger: “Don’t confuse me. This is my first holdup. ..

 

​​To err is human, but it takes a computer to really mess things up. …



KNOWING WHAT SEASON YOU’RE IN

DECEMBER 30

Be ready in season and out of season. 2 TIMOTHY 4:2 NIV

We live our lives in seasons, and seasons have beginnings and endings. So, diversity is the key to longevity. If you don’t understand that you can lose your sense of purpose, because when one season is over you’ve nothing left to carry with you into the next. That’s why successful fanners keep rotating their crops. They plant corn in one field, then when it goes out of season they plow that field and let it rest. At the same time they’re busy elsewhere harvesting alfalfa to make hay, after which that field goes through the same process. In spring they change the order of things so the field where corn once grew now produces alfalfa, and so forth.

When Paul told Timothy, “Be ready in season and out of season,” he was encouraging him to broaden his spiritual horizons. In Timothy’s case he needed to understand there’s a time to correct people, and a time to comfort them (See 2Ti 4:25 NKJV). Timing is so important. The Psalmist compared the blessed man to “a tree … which yields .. .fruir in season” (Ps 1:3 NIV). To succeed, you must recognize what season you are in!

And you must also understand that God is more concerned with the depth of your roots than the height of your branches; more interested in quality than quantity. With God “the quality goes in, before the name goes on.” That’s why He takes your struggles and uses them to cultivate the kind of soil (and soul)

necessary to produce good fruit. And one more thing: From time to time He will permit storms to blow away those people and things that hinder what He’s working to produce in you.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Getting away from their high-stress jobs, a couple spends relaxing weekends in their motor home.

When they found their peace and quiet disturbed by well-meaning, but unwelcome, visits from other campers, they devised a plan to assure themselves some privacy.

Now, when they set up camp, they place this sign on the door of their RV:

“Insurance agent. Ask about our term-life package.”



YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT FAMILY

DECEMBER 29

Joseph … went … to … Bethlehem … because he was of the house … of David. LUKE 2:4 AMP

Face it, there are times in life when we wish we’d been born into a different family. George Burns quipped, “Happiness is having a large, caring, close-knit family-in another city!” All joking aside, the family you’re in is no accident. God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you …

before you were born I [set you apart for a special purpose]” (Jer 1:5 NKJV).

We tend to think of Jesus’ family only in terms or His heavenly Father. But He had a human family too; one that didn’t always understand Him, God used His family to mold Him and moveHim towards His destiny, right down to where He would be born. “Joseph … went                 to … Bethlchem … because he was from the family of David          While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have the baby” (vv. 4-6 NCV). Notice the words “the time came.” There’s no coincidence or confusion on God’s calendar. He plans our lives right down to the inutest detail. He says, “What I have planned, that will 1 do” (Isa 46:11 NIV). Jesus likely became a carpenter because that was Joseph’s trade. And because of His obligations as the oldest son, He probably waited till he was thirty to begin public ministry. “What does all this mean to HlC?” you ask. Simply put: God will use your family to prepare you for the assignment

He’s given you in life. He placed you there to shape you and make you more like Him-hopefully through godly role models and loving relationships. But even when you’re born into a dysfunctional, emotionally-distant family, He can still turn a curse into a blessing (See Dt 23:5). So, trust Him!

Taken From THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A football coach had a star quarterback who was as dumb as a post.

The only way the kid could stay on the team would be to pass all his classes, which was impossible. All his teachers agreed to go easy on him except for one, his math teacher. The coach begged the math teacher not to fail the kid.

The math teacher agreed to give the boy an oral exam which, if he passed, would count for class credit. The coach came to the exam to support his star athlete.

The math teacher asked only one question for the exam: “What is two plus two?”

“Four,” the athlete answered.

The football coach went into a panic and yelled, “Give him another chance! Just one more chance!”



LOOK FOR THE HONEY

DECEMBER 28

There was … honey … And he took thereof JUDGES 14:8-9

In their book, The Laws of Lifetime Growth, authors Dan Sullivan and Catherine Nomura explain: “Continual learning is essential for lifetime growth. You can have a great deal of experience and be no smarter for all the things you’ve done, seen, and heard. Experience alone is no guarantee of lifetime

growth. But if you regularly transform your experiences into new lessons, you’ll make each day of your life a source of growth. The smartest people are those who can transform even the smallest events or situations into breakthroughs in thinking and action. Look at all of life as a school and every experience

as a lesson, and your learning will always be greater than your experience. ”

In an old Peanuts cartoon, Charles Schulz shows Charlie Brown at the beach building a magnificent sandcastle. It’s a work of art. As he stands back to admire it, suddenly it’s destroyed by a big wave. In the last frame he says, “There must be a lesson here, but for the life of me I don’t know what it is.”

That’s how many of us feel after a potentially valuable experience. We go through it but don’t grow. We attend meetings designed to help us learn, then do nothing with what we’ve heard after closing our notebooks. Don’t get excited about a learning event, get excited about learning! And you haven’t really learned it until you’ve applied it.

A few days after slaying a lion, Samson returned to the scene of victory and discovered two things in the carcass: (a) Bees, that sting. (b) Honey, that tastes sweet. “And he took thereof.” In life, move beyond the pain and look for the honey!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

A woman was telling her friend, “It is I who made my husband a millionaire.”

“And what was he before you married him?” asked the friend.

The woman replied, “A billionaire.” …



HE’S ALWAYS ON TIME

DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY

The time came for the baby to be born. LUKE 2:6 NIV

Jon Walker writes: “We manage, waste, spend and save time. We wish it would come … we wish it would pass … we see it fly and we feel it drag. We watch clocks and carry calendars, creating the illusion that somehow we control it. God controls time …. Do you think He was surprised that ‘while they were

there, the time came for the baby to be born’? We’re surprised by unexpected developments … God’s never surprised, even by the most disastrous turn of events.

“How would your faith be, if you knew God wasn’t surprised by your circumstances and is working towards a holy and healthy conclusion? George Mueller once waited on the dock for a special chair to be delivered because he had a bad back and needed it for his ocean voyage. When departure time came and it still hadn’t arrived his friends offered to buy him one, but Mueller said, ‘Either God will provide … or … give me grace to do without.’ Then, just like a Hollywood ending … the chair arrived … right on time! How would you act, think, and live differently if you were absolutely certain God was at the

end of your deadline … even if there were only seconds left? The Bible says, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Heb 13:8 NLT). Time doesn’t diminish His love, or His power to work within your life. He was there in the past; He’s here now, and He will be there in your future. A thousand years are like a few hours to Him. He’s interested in bringing you into eternity, not just getting you through until the weekend. ” When you see it like that, it changes the big picture, doesn’t it?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

What do you call Father Christmas in the beach?

Sandy Clause!

 

What do you get if you cross Santa with a detective?

Santa Clues!

 

What did the sea Say to Santa?

Nothing! It just waved!

 

What does Santa do with fat elves?

He sends them to an Elf Farm!

 

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker!

 

Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?

Santa Jaws

 

What says Oh Oh Oh?

Santa walking backwards!

 

What goes Ho Ho Whoosh, Ho Ho Whoosh?

Santa going through a revolving door!

 

What goes Ho, Ho, Ho, thump?

Santa laughing his head off!



WHEN YOUR MIRACLE COMES LATE

WHEN YOUR MIRACLE COMES LATE

DECEMBER 24 – CHRISTMAS EVE

I am … old … and my wife is [too]. LUKE1:18NKJV

When an angel told Mary she’d conceive, although it wasn’t something she’d been praying for, she said, “Let it be … according to your word” (Lk 1:38 NKJV). However, when an angel appeared to Zechariah, “he … was gripped with fear.” When the angel told him, “Your prayer has been heard … Elizabeth will bear you a son … Zechariah asked … ‘How can I be sure .. .I am … old … and my wife is well along in years” (Lk 1:12-18 NIV). What do you do when God answers your prayer and you don’t know if you can still handle it? When He sends you a son whose name has already been chosen, who doesn’t necessarily resemble you, and whose destiny is already decided? Or when He gives you the job you always wanted,

the relationship you never thought you’d have, or the ministry opportunity you didn’t think would come again? You can either say, “I can’t,” or “I’m willing. Bring it on, Lord!”

“When the right time came, God sent his Son” (Gal 4:4 NIT). Notice, God doesn’t consult us to make sure His plans line up with our timetable and meet with our approval. He simply directs our steps (See Ps 37:23). He calls the shots, even when it means we have to run to keep up!

But sometimes God will shake your foundation in order to develop your “core muscles.” If you work out, you know that lifting weights is much easier when you’re on solid ground. When you’re on a balance ball, for example, you have to work hard to insure the weights don’t come back down and crush

you. When your miracle arrives late, God is strengthening your faith and teaching you to stay balanced under pressure.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?

Claustrophobia!

 

Why does Santa have three gardens?

So he can ‘ho ho ho’!

 

Why did Santa go to the doctor?

Because of his bad “elf”!

 

Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor?

Because he had a low “elf” esteem!

 

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride?

A Holly Davidson!

 

What do you call a cat in the desert?

Sandy Claws!



PITFALLS FOR LEADERS

DECEMBER 23

Work hard and become a leader. PROVERBS 12:24 NLT

If you are a leader, try to avoid these pitfalls:

(1) Micromanaging vs. leading. Managing people requires an eye for detail, whereas leading involves vision-sharing, goalsetting and motivating. And you must know the difference. When you micromanage rather than lead, morale plummets because people need clear objectives and the freedom to figure

out how to reach them. Don’t micromanage; it diminishes the sense of “ownership” those under and around you need for good team dynamics and problem-solving. President Eisenhower once said: “Pull the string and it’ll follow you wherever you wish. Push it, and it’ll go nowhere.”

(2) Confusing individual loyalty with team building. It’s good to work closely with key individuals, but it’s also important for people to stay “connected to each other” (Ro 12:5 GWT). Make sure everybody gets to be on the team, feels valued and learns how to interact with one another.

(3) Being afraid to try things. Stretching people into new areas means they’ll make mistakes. While locking them into the same routine may keep them (and you) safe, it takes the motivational wind out of their sails. Being a leader means risking other people’s failures and biting your lip as you let them

“toddle” out into the unknown. Like a parent who prays harder when their teen takes the family car out for their first drive, you must accept that some challenges which frighten you are liberating to others. Solomon said, “Work hard and become a leader.” That raises a question. If you are leading others, who

is leading you? The best way to lead, is to follow God and obey His Word!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Rudolf to Blitzen

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year (the only members of the deer family, Cervidae, to have females do so). Male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December.

   Female reindeer, however, retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen…. had to be a female.

   We should’ve known this when when they were able to find their way.

 

 

 The Lost Purse

A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, “Hmmm…. That’s funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills.”

        The boy quickly replied, “That’s right, lady. The last time I found a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward.”



LESSONS FROM LYSTRA

DECEMBER 22

And in Lystra.ACTS 14:8 NKJV

The Bible says: “In Lystra a … man … who had never walked ” heard Paul speaking … Paul. .. observing … that he had faith to be healed, said .. .’Stand up straight on your feet!’ And he leaped and walked” (vv. 8-10 NKJV). That’s extraordinary. Without months of therapy to get his brain’s neurological system functioning and his atrophied muscles activated, this man who couldn’t stand up suddenly started walking. That’s like winning American Idol or the Eurovision Song Contest without a single voice lesson. Or getting your paintings displayed at the Louvre without having an art class. God reverses the damage of your past and blesses you with success. You “walk into it” by His power and grace. Sometimes that’s how God works.

Next we read: “When the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying … ‘The gods have come down to us’ … When the apostles … heard this, they tore their clothes … crying out .. .’why are you doing these things? We also are men” (Ac 14:11-15 NKJV). Here we go again! We keep wanting to make gods out of people. Someone that nobody’s ever heard of hits the high note, gets a record deal and becomes an overnight star-and we set them up as a role model. Lord, help us! It even happens to preachers; you struggle, God blesses you and enables you to build a great ministry, now people can’t even talk to you without an appointment (unless they happen to be big donors). Paul and Barnabas didn’t go out and buy a wardrobe commensurate with their new image, or hire a publicity agent. No, they “tore their clothes” and cried, “We also are men.” Wise up! The crowd that worshipped Paul yesterday, stoned him today. Bottom line: be humble, love people, but trust only in God.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Santa’s A Woman

I think Santa Claus is a woman….I hate to be the one to defy a sacred myth, but I believe he’s a she. Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!

      For starters, the vast majority of men don’t even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products, socket wrench sets, and mood rings left on the shelves. On this count alone, I’m convinced Santa is a woman.

      Surely, if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.

      Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted and strapped to the rear bumper of the sleigh amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen’s rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.

      Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he’d still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions.

      Other reasons why Santa can’t possibly be a man:

       – Men can’t pack a bag.

       – Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.

       – Men don’t answer their mail.

       – Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in jest as anything remotely resembling a “bowlful of jelly.”

       – Men aren’t interested in stockings unless somebody’s wearing them.

       – Having to do the Ho Ho Ho thing would seriously inhibit their ability to pick up women.

       – Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.



USE WHAT GOD GAVE YOU !

DECEMBER 21

With the ability … God supplies. 1 PETER 4:11 NKJV

Peter says, “If anyone ministers … do it … with the ability … God supplies.” When God gives you an assignment He gives you all that’s needed to fulfill it. In fact, by studying your core competencies you can actually discern your calling. Winston Churchill said: “To each there comes in his or her lifetime a special moment when they are tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

You can’t always be what you want to be, but you can be everything God wants you to be. That’s because He assigns and directs us “each according to (one’s] own ability” (Mt 25:15 NKJV). What do you love doing and do consistently well? Is music your forte? Crunching numbers? Working with kids? Paul

says, “The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving” (lCo 12:7 CEV). That means some of the things other people find boring, will actually energize and enrich you. The Bible says that God is building a “spiritual house” (I Pe 2:5). And there’s a place for each of us in it. Knowing this dispels the misconception that you’re not valuable because you don’t have the same talents others do. It also defines your actual responsibility by doing away with the myth that you’re supposed to do everything. No, your goal should be to stay within the boundaries of God’s plan for you. So instead of apologizing for the skills you don’t have, discover the gifts God has given you and put  them to work for His kingdom.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Is There A Santa

  1. Santa’s Workload

      There are two billion children in the world, but since Santa doesn’t appear to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Buddist children, that reduces his workload to 15% of the total, or 300 million. At an average rate of 3.5 children per household, that’s 85.7 million homes. Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to Work with, thanks to the different times zones and the rotation of the Earth, assuming he travels East to West. This works out to 767.9 visits per second. So for each household with good children, Santa has about 1/1,000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the presents, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, into the sleigh and move on to the next house.”

  1. The Time/Distance Factor

      Assuming that these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the Earth, we’re talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75.5 million miles.

  1. Calculation of Estimated Speed

      This means that Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, or 3,000 times the speed of sound.

  1. Santa’s Payload

      Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-size Lego set (about two pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as “heavy.” On land, normal reindeer could pull no more than 300 pounds, and even granting that flying reindeer could pull 10 times the normal amount, Santa’s going to need 214,200 reindeer to pull his sleigh. This increases the payload to 353,430 tons, or four times the weight of the “Queen Elizabeth.”

           Conclusion:

      A craft of 353,000 tons, traveling at 650 miles per second, creates enormous air resistance. This will heat up Mr. Claus and his sleigh like a spacecraft reentering Earth’s atmosphere.

            Translation:

      If there is a Santa, he’s toast.



YOU GAIN THROUGH YOUR PAIN

DECEMBER 18

Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. RUTH 1:5 NIV

When their husbands died, Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah experienced a unique bonding process. Unless you’ve been through it, it’s hard to understand. It’s a fellowship not born of age, race, background or status, and it brings together the oddest people. When you’re hurting, don’t look for understanding and support from those who haven’t walked in your shoes. People can’t give you what they don’t have. Often the best they have to offer is the kind of advice that’s glib, and quickly becomes annoying. Furthermore, until you start to make sense of your pain and see the greater good in it, you can feel like a victim. But once you see God’s grace at work, and His hand in it all, you can begin to move ahead: to marry, to have another baby, to get another job, to dream another dream, to live again.

Charles Spurgeon wrote: “Just as old soldiers compare stories and scars, when we arrive at our heavenly home we’ll tell of the faithfulness of God Who brought us through. I wouldn’t like to be pointed out as the only one who never experienced sorrow, or feel like a stranger in the midst of that sacred fellowship. Therefore be content to share in the battle, for soon we will wear the crown.”

When life. suddenly changes and you’re fighting just to get through another day, remind yourself that Satan hasn’t snatched the steering wheel from God. No, God is aware of what you’re going through and He still has a plan for your life. Be encouraged. You gain through your pain. Victory is born out of struggle. Hold on to His hand; He will bring you through this!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;

Love to forgive him;

And Patience for his moods.

Because, Lord, if I pray for Strength,

​I’ll beat him to death.

 

 

 

 




 

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