Too often we give first class allegiance to second class causes, and those causes betray us. People may work their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. Not everything is worth doing. You can save yourself a lot of time and energy if you learn the skill of knowing what’s important and what’s not important. Selection is one of the keys to success in life because you don’t have time to do everything. The better you get at selection and prioritizing, the more effective you can be as a partner, as a person, as a parent, as a leader in life.

SKILLS FOR SUCCESS: BUILD YOUR LIFE ON VALUES THAT LAST

Message by Todd Lester – April 2, 2017

Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV) If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

SKILL #1: Overcoming Negative People

SKILL #2: Recognizing What’s Important

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful.

FOUR QUESTIONS THAT WILL DETERMINE MY VALUES AND MY DESTINY

1. WHO’S GOING TO BE MY AUTHORITY?

Three Options:

i. MYSELF

Jeremiah 17:9 The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

Proverb 16:25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

ii. THE WORLD

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

iii. JESUS

John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Samuel 16:7 The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Hebrews 11:25b … the fleeting pleasures of sin.

Luke 12:15b Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

2. WHAT’S GOING TO LAST THE LONGEST?

1 John 2:17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

3. WILL I CHOOSE WHAT’S EASY OR WHAT’S BEST?

Psalm 119:37a Turn my eyes from worthless things…

4. IS IT WORTH THE PRICE?

Matthew 16:26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Luke 16:15 What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.

Mark 10:31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then.

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