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Patricia

Hi,
I realized that out of the 6 goals we set a while back I only accomplished 2!
I have my values written down. Do I send them to you?
Patricia

Patricia

Hi Dr. J,

Here they are:
I am certain of God’s will for my life and live confidently – the revelation of how JC was asleep in the boat when there was a storm... He knew his death was on a cross, not drowning. I want to be so sure of what my destiny and purpose is that I will walk on hot coals I have to, to get there!
I am a servant of God – well done good and faithful servant are the words I want God to tell me
I value my family – God said it is not good for man to be alone and created a wife. He who finds a wife finds a good things and obtains favour from God. I want to flourish in a good and secure family setting
I pray with results – the prayer of a righteous man availeth much. I want to be confident of approaching God’s throne in prayer
I am a team player – I want to benefit from the power of synergy thus accomplishing plenty
I provide solutions – I am created in the image and likeness of God to create and offer solutions through inventions and innovation
I am a fearless influencer – make people contribute to worthy ventures like empowering people, building schools, hospitals, missions, etc. Also, when we were out in the field and Micheal my nephew noticed a beautiful bird and the Thompson gazelle, how does my heart not leap with joy! When his choice of what to be bought for is hand soap, again, how satisfying is that!
I support the less fortunate – parable of God separating sheep from goat comes to mind
I am a giver – a lender not borrower. Have more than enough to do what is required of me. The Lord shall supply all my needs according to his glorious riches
I am keen and continuously want to learn – what has been accomplished is good but it’s not the end. Do not conform to the standards of this world but be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind, continuously learning with divine insight

Will send the 6 goals later. Left the note book at the office

Enzo

Thanks for keeping these coming. I am sure as you pointed out in your letter that the “no need to pray” was attention-grabbing for effect. Your points on Paul are interesting, but we actually have no record either way as to whether he did or did not pray. Perhaps he prayed for direction once and then merely continued to act, as in the case of visiting the synagogue (a standing election, maybe??).

I understand your point that people use prayer as an excuse not to act. And no doubt, you feel your calling is a call to action, to get people off their seats and into discovery by doing. The cattle-prod definitely works. Just from my own experience, however, I really don’t think it does as much good to paint the pray/do thing as an either/or. You may not intend for it to be that way, but it is a theme that as a casual reader of yours I’ve seen come across. I think the error is in empty prayer – people want to hide behind a prayer that may not even be doing. But I would say that I think my own personal problem is not praying enough, and I would hate to think my life should be about more doing and less seeking, for it is in the deeper seeking in prayer that I believe we can get clarity for our purpose. Paul spent how many years before he even went public with his ministry after Damascus Road??? We need to keep that in perspective.

That said, I don’t think it takes years of prayer to merely discover your core values, which may have been the point you are trying to make in this week’s memo.

John

Thanks Enzo. You are right: I am writing some of what is here for dramatic effect and impact. I am of course in favor of much prayer, but I detest prayer that is used as a delay tactic. Active prayer requires that we pray, listen and then act! And God wants us to act!

Yet I also love the verse in Proverbs 16:3 in the Amplified.

"Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to him) and He will cause your thoughts to be agreeable to his will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed."

Most underestimate in my experience God's ability to guide our thoughts, because it not a process that we can feel or quantify. I have more and more confidence in God's ability to guide me that He must tell me not to do some things I am thinking, because I am assuming it's Him. So far, so good!

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