The Five Essentials
Begin with the Blueprints
February 17, 2019 • Brandon Park
We’ve spent the last 6 weeks talking about the Five Essentials of Life - but where do we go from here? How do you actually put together a growth plan in these five areas? Many times people know what they should be doing but they lack a template or system to actually make it a part of their lives. If you aren’t clear of where you are going, the likelihood of a successful journey is severely limited. A lack of clarity in direction for your life will result in confusion, weariness and lack of zeal for life. Helen Keller said, “Worse than being blind would be to be able to see, but not have any vision.”
The Spiritual Essential
February 10, 2019 • Brandon Park
The Spiritual Essential is not only the most valuable, it’s the central gear that turns all the other gears. Our devotion and discipline to our spiritual life will determine the quality and direction of the other four essentials of life. Think of your life as a wheel. You have the center of the wheel, the hub, which serves as the core and then you have the spokes that come out from the hub. Right now, you’re building your life around something. Just as the earth orbits the sun, something is going to be your center, your very hub, that has a gravitational pull on you causing you to orbit around it. What is your life revolving around right now?
The Relational Essential
February 3, 2019 • Brandon Park
On the list of the five essentials of life, the Relational Essential is second only to the Spiritual. Relationships are the most important, but also the most problematic, area of our lives. When our relationships are good, life is wonderful; when they are bad, life is miserable. READ James 3:13-18. James gives some practical advice about how to have wisdom in your relationships. Vs. 18 is the key verse, “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.” James says, every day in every relationship, you’re planting seeds. You will inevitably reap in your relationships based upon the seeds you have sown. How do you get along with other people? That shows how wise you really are. In vs. 17, James lists the characteristics of wise people. “But wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
The Intellectual Essential
January 27, 2019 • Brandon Park
If we don’t make the decision to have a personal growth plan as well as incorporate the disciplines necessary to grow, we will never become all that God wants us to be. BIBLE EXAMPLE: Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. “Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12). We must determine to seek God and to grow in our calling. Outside of my decision to become a follower of Jesus, my personal growth plan has impacted my life more than anything else.
The Physical Essential
January 20, 2019 • Brandon Park
Our body is not going to function up to par if we’re not exercising and doing our part to stay in shape. You’d be amazed at how your attitude will improve by doing a little bit of exercise. Your moods will change and will stabilize. The most famous excuse: “Well, I’d like to exercise, but I’m always too tired. I never have any energy.” When you get your heart rate up and you get your blood flowing, a hormone known as endorphins are released throughout your system that will naturally elevate your mood and give you more energy. God has designed our bodies to release all these chemicals when we exercise to make us feel better. God placed them in there—we have to do our part to get them activated.
The Financial Essential
January 13, 2019 • Brandon Park
The first (but least in value) of the Five Essentials is the financial area of your life. Christians seldom ever talk about the Bible’s principles on building wealth because they don’t want to be associated with “prosperity theology.” However, we do ourselves a great disservice by ignoring what the Bible teaches about our wealth. Proverbs 14:24 tells us, “The crown of the wise is their riches, but the foolishness of fools is folly.” What makes the Jewish people so prosperous? They have a different mindset towards money than most Christians do.
The Five Essentials of Life
January 6, 2019 • Brandon Park
Life truly is a balancing act. Sometimes we may feel like we’re spinning plates at the circus. By the time we get to the ninth or tenth plate, the one we originally started with is wobbling and ready to fall. However, a truly growing and balanced life results in a person keeping an eye on five gauges of the instrument panel of life. There really are only five essential areas of life that you need to grow in to achieve the life that God would have you to live. Learn more about these essentials in this first part of the new series!