Where There Is No Faith In The Future, There Is No Power In The Present

This quote couldn’t be any truer of my life. I have always been a person with plans for the future, even before I was serious in my walk with God.

However, before finding my future in Christ I was always changing plans. One day I wanted to go into international real estate, the next it was to start a business. The cause of my inconsistency came from a deeper rooted problem. It was lack of faith in the calling on my life. I had no power in the present because my faith in the future was seriously lacking.

I thank God that He saved me and that He has given me a future. Today, I know that I have power through Christ in my present because I have faith in the future that He has for me.

I want to share the 4 main points that helped me get to the understanding that I have today;

1. Give up all hope for a better past.
In order to properly focus on your future, you must first stop trying to make a better past. Give up. Look forward and press on toward the life and future that you want. Believe that you will achieve the dreams and goals you have inside, regardless of what is behind you. Forget and forgive your past. Press on forward toward the goal.

2. Be positive in all situations.
The trials and difficulties you go through on the journey are helping you to get where you need to be. Do not let it weaken your faith. The bible makes it clear that we will face trials and difficult times. Instead of losing positivity, press on. Give thanks to God in all circumstances because you are being molded for your future. The difficulties will test faith, and the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

3. Have a clear vision for where you are going.
No one ever has their visioncompletely mapped out before starting. It will change along the way. Most of us do not get a fully mapped out plan from God when we start working toward our vision. The one thing we all have from the start is that we know where we want to end up. If you really don’t know what your vision for your life is; I can help set you on the right track. Jesus tells us what our life focus should be in Matthew 28:
Make disciples of all nations.
Baptizing new brothers and sisters in the faith.

Teaching them how to live and grow in the examples Jesus set for us in the bible.

That is the vision for all of our lives. Where it changes for each of us is in what way we accomplish it. You may ask, “ How do I know what way? ” …Just start; start doing these things. Imagine yourself as an athlete; you aren’t sure what sport to play. You don’t just sit around and think about it, you start playing sports, and eventually, you realize you are passionate about one, or your skill level really sticks out. Treat your vision for your life the same way.

4. Weigh your vision against the word of God.
This final point is one that I do not seeenough of in the body of Christ. If you have a vision, and you are realizing that you have power and influence in the present. Always be evaluating your direction. Make sure that it lines up with the word of God. Make sure that you aren’t moving into more of what you want to do. Always make sure that you are walking in God’s will. Make sure that you faith is in God, not in yourself.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Matthew 28:19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

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True Story: Stepping Out Of Comfort Zone

Submitted by Ainne Olar

My name is Ainne Olar,15 years old and I’m in 10th grade of High School. I was born in Philippines and I spent most of my childhood there, then we moved in Canada.

It was my first time moving to another country, so I was a very shy student for a little while back in my school in New Brunswick. New Brunswick is one of the provinces in Canada where we first move. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be, but I’ve made it until where I am now.

I had to speak and learn new languages to be able to communicate to other people. For the little while which I spent in school, I am only by myself. I usually don’t talk to people because I was not comfortable to speak the language, since it isn’t the language that we speak in my country. In class, I don’t participate I always choose to shut my mouth because I also am not that very confidence to speak in front of everyone. At lunch, it’s just me and my sister or sometimes it’s just going to be me and I used to be alright with that. I didn’t join any clubs or after school activities for a little while even though my teachers and my mom are always encouraging me.

One day, this event happened in my school where everyone had to play in the gym. I didn’t join at first, I just watch everyone play, having so much fun and just enjoying the moment that the school give us. The thing is I am actually a very athletic and energetic person, so while watching everyone play I was very jealous and tempted to join. I said to myself ,”I can’t just sit here in the side of the gym while watching everyone”, ” I need to get up and just be brave to have fun”, “What am I even scared of?”. All these thoughts came to my head and pushed me to stepped out of my comfort zone. I stood up and just plainly joined and after that everything changed. I made a lot of friends. I was a participant in every discussion in class because I’ve gain more confidence. I joined sports club that happened every after school with my friends. I become more excited to come to school everyday to see my friends.

Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. It’s not that you have to step out of your comfort zone because most of us feel very comfortable with it, It’s just you will be able to experience things that you have no idea you will. You will learn something about yourself that you didn’t even know. You will build more relationships with others. You will become more excited about life.

Lastly it will add up more to your confidence and that is the great thing that actually ever happened to me, it’s a great feeling being out of my comfort zone.

True Story: You Can Do It!

Submitted by Julie

Growing up i remembered my weekly “career” announcements. Anchor woman, flight attendant and teacher, among many, many others.

Each week i heard ” you can do that. You will be good at that”.
That was my mom and dad.

Throughout life, i learned that not everyone believed in me the way my mom and dad believed in me. It was during those times i would hear those words the loudest. I dug deep and gain success.
I have 2 children of my own now and i echo those words of encouragement to them everyday. I often tell my nieces and nephews, as well as my co-workers that same message.

These words will be passed along from generation to generation, as i listen to other family members tell their children and even my boys telling that to each other.
Most often when we think of what passes from one generation to the next it consists of artifacts and genes.
I will pass these words on and i know they will carry on for each generation to come.

After all ” I CAN do that!”