Always Focus on Results!

Happy Friday!

Here is something I read from the Bible this morning:

Matthew 11:18-19 “For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”

Jesus made that statement to the “crowds” of people who were always following him as distant observers… the critiquing masses. Here is what I think Jesus was really trying to say,

“You guys always follow at a distance and you offer your negative analysis to anyone who will listen. First, you say that John the Baptist is possessed with a demon. Then I come along, and my life and ministry is somewhat different from John’s… and you call me a glutton and a drunkard. If you want to critique John, or me, or anyone else… here is the very best way to do that: ‘Wisdom is shown to be right by its RESULTS.'”

Here is the message for you today: Instead of spending your life catering to your distant observers, always focus on RESULTS!

Don’t become distracted.

Some people will never give you a rave review, because they never give ANYONE a rave review.

Whether you are John the Baptist, or Jesus, or the Reverend Billy Graham, they will point you out and call you down just as soon as they find some “dirt” on you. Don’t become discouraged with their noisy assessments. Don’t spend your life responding to them. Instead, stay dedicated to the continual development of your character… and to your overall effectiveness. If you do this, your inevitable results will showcase your invisible wisdom. Then at the end of your life, you will have results to lay at the feet of your Lord… and you will know that you did your very best before God and people.

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time.

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th American President.

Check out this video I found on youtube.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNgbLCb-rYs

Did you catch that quote!! “While the critics were trying to break my legs, I was learning to run faster!!” Wow!

Here is a great song for todays blog: Devoted, by Citipoint Worship. Stay devoted!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yauvg6AW9U

Make this a fun and fruitful day!

I just finish praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. Please leave your comments here on this blog site so that we will always have a record of your beautiful additions. Have a happy Friday everyone!

With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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5 thoughts on “Always Focus on Results!

  1. Chuck this is for me 🙂

    I will never forget this first time a few yrs back I heard you say; 'never look to the situation for comfort, look beyond'

    That brings me comfort to this day, you are a man of faith by heart and it's coming back!

    People who use 'dirt' are haters. Haters are either overly annoyed or jealous with tones of mean spiritedness. (If it wasn't a word it is now) Haters can be temporary too, sometimes they just need a new perspective.

    We all got haters, I let the fear of mine keep me from praying and praising at the alter. Mostly because I didn't feel worthy of being there. I'm learning that haters are really just hurting inside. I'm going to start praying for mine.

    Mel

    • Oh yes Mel, that is the "other side" of this message… the inner condition of the critical person. Today, I wanted to focus on encouraging the suffering recipients of harsh critique, to rise above the V.O.J (voice of judgment). Even though I may have written with a slight attitude, I feel just the same as you do about praying for our critics and being kind and gentle and loving through the grace of God. Great thoughts Mel…

  2. I agree Mel! Usually the people who are slinging mud are the ones who are just unhappy with themselves. I have many times had to stop myself BEFORE I become offended and just remember that. I have at times had many "haters" and I just have to remind myself to look at the fruit! If I am bearing less fruit then I should be I examine and see if there is any truth to the mud slinging. There is always room to improve in my life somewhere. Then after evaluation myself I take time to pray for them. This has not been easy for sure.

    As a friend, and wonderful woman of God, said this morning, "There are times when standing for truth will cost you dearly." This Mighty Woman of God also says "In that fire we are purified." This is soooo true! If we can stop focusing on the "haters" and remember what we are standing for we will get much better results! Keep your eye on the prize so you can bear much fruit!! 🙂

    What a great word this morning! Thanks Pastor!!

  3. We went to the library the other day and I was looking for a book to read. I found the perfect one. The Title is So Long Insecurity, you've been a bad friend to us by Beth Moore. I no longer focus on people who do not want to have a relationship with me, but I just need that extra push and Godly wisdom to get rid of the rest of my insecurity regarding relationships.

    Too often we focus on those who do not want a relationship with us that we start to become paranoid of those who really do love us and want to have a relationship with us. I pray today we jump all in to the relationships we have and to show our appreciation to those people.

    Once it was hard for me to speak of my insecurities regarding relationships, but by keeping them silent they got worse. We must face things head on and bring them to light.

    We don't have to acknowledge the words of negative people or those who hold negative opinions of us. If we did we would never get out of bed. We shall have persecution as Jesus did…we are not better than He. But, it is how we handle it that shows our fruit. We must be fruit bearers.

    Lord I ask you today to continue to bear fruit in as we face negative words and situations because we are in a relationship with you. We refuse to succumb to the negativity and will not give it power in our lives.

    ps thanks for adding spell check!!!!