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Enough is Enough!

Posted in time management with tags , on February 19, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Ephesians 5:16 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

Enough is enough. You don’t have any more time to procrastinate on what you know God has called you to do. It’s so easy in life to allow excuse after excuse to dominate your purpose and stop you from moving forward but there comes a point when you need to lay your excuses aside and get on with what you know you need to do.

We are living in dark and perilous times and life is so short compared to eternity. What are you doing with the time God has given to you? I, like the Apostle Paul, want to exhort you to get up and get moving today. Start to head in the direction God is drawing you to and throw all your weight into it.

You can accomplish in God so much more than what you think you are capable of. Many people without the Holy Spirit do amazing and incredible things everyday….Go into space, climb Mt Everest, start a business, complete their degree, parent 5 kids, win medals, write books and overcome impossible obstacles. What could you do with the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you? 

Stop waiting for life to give you an invitation. This is it! Get clear. Get focused. Get moving and gain momentum in the right direction. make the best use of your time because time is the only currency you cannot get back. Love ya and have a power-packed day!

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The First Hour of your Day!

Posted in time management with tags on February 10, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

How do you utilize the first hour of your day? 

The first hour of your day can be the most powerful time in your whole day. It all depends on how you spend it. Time is the greatest asset we have and yet many of us don’t use it wisely.  

For the night owls amongst us, the first hour of the day is usually dreaded because you feel groggy after a late night, you are desperate for a coffee and some light breakfast, if at all and it might take you until 10am before you start to feel awake.

For the early risers amongst us, the first hour of our day is a time when you get to have some time to yourself and get yourself ready and prepared for a brand new day. You feel awake, maybe you’ve had a light breakfast and you are ready to rock and roll.

Whether you are night owl or an early riser, you can change your whole life depending upon what you do with the first hour of your day. What you do in the first hour of the day sets the tone for the entire day.

What if you spend the first hour of the day reading your bible and praying? What an incredible difference would that make to your emotional state and mental focus. What if you spend the first hour of the day doing some exercise, running, walking, cycling, swimming, working out and stretching? What if you spent the first hour of your day being still and thinking through and planning how to get the most out of your day? What if you spent the first hour of your day writing a few more pages of that book you always wanted to write? Here’s one, What if you spent the first hour of your day reading my blog and thinking about how to put it into action in your life…? I know, this one was a long shot…!

I want to challenge and encourage you to reconsider what you are doing with the first hour of your day. If you would become far more intentional about the first hour of your day, it will have a dramatic effect on your life, your work and your relationships.

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Narrow the FOCUS!

Posted in Leadership, Stress management, time management with tags , , , on September 24, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

3409904329_af7d214f7aWhen life becomes too complex you need to narrow the focus. Life and ministry has a way of expanding to the point of complexity. We start to take too many things on and before we know it, we are being pulled in too many conflicting directions. People will always put expectations upon you that don’t necessarily fit your capacity or what God has called you to do. It’s in these moments that you need to reexamine your time, priorities and relationships.

There is only so much of you to go around and there is only so much energy that you have to give away. I believe that we are living in the busiest and most fast paced eras in all of human history. All that has been promised to help us improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our lives has actually contributed to making life more complex.

One of the most important issues that pastors and leaders can help people navigate is how to approach life in the 21st Century. I’ve lost count of the amount of people I have personally counseled that are burnt out, too busy, in debt, continually sick and distant relationally. These are all symptoms of trying to keep up in the ‘rat race’ of life.

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Some of us are carrying yokes that don’t fit us or were never meant for us. We need to take the yoke that has been designed for our wiring, capacity and calling. We need to go deep instead of going wide. We need to do less and discover that less is more. We need to invest quality and minimize quantity. We need to focus on one BIG idea instead of trying to communicate several ideas. We need to give ourselves to one or two things that will add the greatest value to our families, organisations and churches and stop trying to be all things to all people.

Where do you need to narrow the focus? It’s about this time each year that people get fatigued and realize the year has caught up with them. Don’t retire, just refire by narrowing the focus and doing what you do best.

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Burn Brightly without Burning Out!

Posted in Leadership, ministry, Stress management, time management with tags on September 12, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

2081228827_545468587eI want to burn brightly but I don’t want to burn out. Recently, I have examined my health and general well being and have had to acknowledge that the pace of the last 3 years of starting a new church has caught up with me. I have noticed a gradual erosion of energy, health and joy in my life and ministry. When these signs start to become evident over an extended period of time you need to take stock of where you are at and what habits need to change.

Some people don’t do anything in their lives to remotely come close to any sort of stress because they have an aversion to hard work and prefer comfort over contribution. There is both positive stress and negative stress and all of us need positive stress (resistance) to grow and fulfill our potential. Just as a muscle grows stronger with greater resistance so too bit by bit we are to respond positively to the resistance of life and grow through it.

Burning brightly without burning out requires you and I to take an intentional posture to life and put in place a plan to burn bright lest we by default plan to burn out. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t burn the candle at both ends: If you are a morning person, go to bed early and get up early. If you are a night person, go to bed late and get up later. Ideally, the hours you sleep before midnight are better than the hours you sleep before midnight. I recommend you being an early starter in the day and you will feel better and get more accomplished.
  • Exercise regularly: Your health is the one of the most important resources you have and you have a responsibility to look after yourself. People who don’t exercise are setting themselves up for heartache…literally. Approximately 5 times per week you should be completing 30mins of cardio exercise or weight training to strengthen your muscles. You lose 1% of your muscle mass every year after 30.
  • Have devotions regularly: Everyday you should be feeding your spirit with God’s Word and spending time in prayer. Bodily training is of some value but godliness is of value in every way. Inhale the word daily and exhale in prayer daily and you will grow spiritually.
  • Take a Sabbath day off: One day per week (Doesn’t matter which day) should be spent recovering and recreating with your family. Keep your boundaries tight on this day and protect your sanity and the well being of your loved ones.

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Stamp your thumbprint!

Posted in Leadership, ministry, time management on September 10, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

2113636951_64081d794cToo many leaders leave their ministry to chance hoping that others will get the job done on their behalf. If you want your team to get the right job done at the right time and for the right reasons then your team needs to know what your expectations are and what result they should be aiming for.

This requires you to stamp your thumbprint on the ministry or job God has given you responsibility for. Stamp your thumbprint on the area of responsibility you have or someone else will. Leave nothing to chance. Be intentional, deliberate and focused in your approach. 

Be clear about who you are and what God has called you to do and what your strengths are. God hasn’t given you the abilities you possess to do nothing with them. God entrusts responsibility to you and expects a return on what he’s given to you (Mt 25 – Parable of the Talents).

Don’t hesitate or baulk away from the ministry you are called to. Step up and lead and stamp your thumbprint on what God has called you to do.

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Missing out on something?

Posted in Intimacy with God, relationships, time management with tags , , , on August 6, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

3383642994_a95935d317_tYesterday I carved out time in my schedule to invest into my relationship with God. I booked into a Prayer Retreat Centre for the day and prayed, fasted and read God’s Word. I haven’t had a full day like this for a while and I really connected with Jesus in a raw and powerful way. 

As I prayed and reflected on Scripture I thought about the things I had missed out on over the past couple of months because I hadn’t made time to just BE with Jesus. I meet with Jesus everyday and spend time with Him but there is nothing like focusing completely on Him for an entire day. As a result of this time with Jesus, He gave me future message themes and insights into decisions needed to be made that I never would have had if I hadn’t created space in my diary. 

What about you? What are you potentially missing out on that is available to you, if only you would stop and be still with Jesus for a day? My guess is there are several important things God wants to download to you right now in your life but if you don’t carve out time and invest into your relationship with Him, you will miss out on them. 

Do you ever get the feeling that something is missing in your life? Don’t ignore that feeling or thought but do something about it and create space for at least 1 day and meet with Jesus in prayer, Scripture reading and reflection and you will get the answers you are looking for.

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Reflect on Life!

Posted in Leadership, Spirituality, time management with tags , , , on August 1, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

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One of the daily disciplines I started in May 09 is to JOURNAL my experiences each day. I have known about journalling for many years and have used a journal to engage in bible study and prayer but I haven’t written a reflection of my life each day.

Reflect

Someone once said, “A life worth living is a life worth reflecting on.” I think this is an important idea to heed in our fast paced and overwhelmingly busy society. When was the last time you just stopped and reflected on what the heck you are actually doing with the days you have been given? It is so important to reflect each day on what you are learning and how you are responding to the experiences that come your way.

A Few Minutes

Every night before I go to sleep I spend a few minutes on my Mac and type out my reflections on the day past. I include things like the activities I was apart of, the key lessons learnt and the God encounters I’ve had that day. At the end of the month i review my journal and look for the patterns emerging, the challenges I’ve faced, the Words from God I’ve received and the blessings and breakthroughs along the way.

Massive Benefits

You will never learn anything from your experiences if you don’t stop and examine your life and get the perspective you desperately need. This is a small investment that leads to massive benefits. Start writing or typing for a few minutes each day and over the years you’ll be amazed at what God is doing in your life and the incredible adventure life really is.

Lead the Change!