Motivational Affirmations!Jan 17, 2023
by Jodi Howe
I was at the gym today, and often when I'm at the gym, depending on my mood, God will download some pretty cool content for podcast ideas, blogs, and more.
The Problem is I don't carry my phone in the gym, so I have to depend on my memory. And that's not always reliable.
But I made an effort to take some photos of some motivational affirmations that I find very applicable to the work ethic of what we do as Podcasters and content creators.
Naturally, these motivated me and reminded me to stay in the "hard work pays off" mentality!
But being the Jesus girl that I am, I'm reciting them in my head and inserting God's presence and word where necessary.
- If it doesn't challenge you, it will not change you!
As Christians in ministry, you learn that if life doesn't challenge you, it will likely never change you to rely more on God. Often times we think God is behind the test so we can grow stronger and deeper in him! Challenges are character builders. And heart humblers that we cannot do life without Christ.
We often learn more from pain than we ever do from the pleasant.
"In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
- Think about why you started!
This one is one that I've had to hold onto all throughout my journey with podcasting.
The "why" has been the person or the people that need to hear about God's hope through life's struggles.
The why is that this is God's purpose in my ministry.
God is "why," and that sustains me.
"So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding."
- Goals are dreams with deadlines!
How many times have you heard this one? Goalsetting is critical in achieving what's necessary for ministry and in anything you set your heart to!
I have seen this work when applied to his purpose in our lives. And eventually, that good work he promises is fulfilled in Christ Jesus.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Be the best version of you!
This is motivating, but I've rewritten it to be the best version of what God has made you to be. Because we are fearfully and wonderfully made in him, that version needs to be shared authentically and wholeheartedly.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
- Don't just wait for it; work for it!
I have a love-hate relationship with this particular motivational quote! Although it is 100% accurate, there is a waiting period that God will put you in to grow you spiritually and in character. So often times we fall into a dichotomy of, are we jumping ahead of God? Or should we be waiting on his timing?
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
I will always lean on the ladder.
So trust a good work will be fulfilled in you, in his timing, and he will strengthen you and show you the way you will go.
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