Why increase your knowledge?

Knowledge changes things. When you begin to learn and open your mind to new ideas you will never be able to go back to the way you use to think. The new knowledge will change old perceptions. As your perceptions begin to change, you change with them. This is a good thing. We are meant to grow and learn. Life was never meant for us to get into one mindset and stay there, although some people do.

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This week I listened to Jim Rohn, who is a very successful entrepreneur. Mr. Rohn shared his message with thousands of people over the years about how he became so successful. One of the key strategies he shares is to increase your knowledge. Read, listen to audiobooks, and learn from others who are doing what you want to do. Increase your knowledge every way you can.

It’s not about increasing you knowledge in just one area, but all areas. Those areas are mind, body, spirit, finances, and relationships. As you increase your knowledge in these areas, you will make positive changes in your life. As you learn about finances you will begin to make wise decisions about spending and investing. As you increase your knowledge about your body, you will want to know what you’re putting into your body. You will want to know what’s in those processed foods and you will begin to skip them and choose healthy food alternatives. The same will go with every aspect of your life.

If you don’t like to read then search the internet for podcasts. There are podcasts on anything you want to learn about these days. One way to start the habit is to commit to listening to one podcast a day or even start with one a week. Start small and increase your listening time a little every month. You are going to love what this does for your mindset. Start this week and don’t put it off. This is an easy way to begin to Invite Excellence into your Life. Go out and share your AWESOME with the world.

I was shot by a fiery dart

In the mornings I use two devotional books. One is The Power of a Praying® Parent Book of Prayers (Power of a Praying Book of Prayers), by Stormie Omartian and the other is Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young. I use “The Power of a Praying Parent” as a guide to pray over my children. Toward the end of the prayer I was reading one day the scripture said, “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”. Ephesians 6:16. This particular scripture of Ephesians talks about putting on the armor of God and going into spiritual warfare.

“12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:12-18

As I finished reading this I had an overwhelming feeling that something bad was going to happen to one of my children. At one time I would have allowed these thoughts to control my mind and I would have let my mind wonder where it wanted to go causing me grief and needless worry, but instead I stopped what I was doing and came back to the present moment. I realized I’ve been hit. One of the fiery darts made it through. The fight was on. I told myself the truth. I had just sent my two youngest off to school and they were in wonderful hands. My oldest was going to a Global Leadership Summit with some of her Youth Group members at a local church. They were all fine. I concluded that I must live in the moment and at this moment life was good. If something happens, I will worry about it then.

We must all be aware that we are going to be the victims of fiery darts from time to time, but with the knowledge of what is happening we can combat the attack and be conquerors. When this happens know that this is an attempt to steal your peace, but don’t let that happen. Live in the present and don’t give in to needless worries. Can you think of a time when you have been under attack and didn’t realize it and allowed the fiery darts to steal your peace? Remember to always Invite Excellence into your Life by educating yourself. We are more than we allow ourselves to be, so go Be More!!