How to Transform a Tragic 2020 Into a Terrific 2021

You didn’t see it coming. And 2020 maybe put you on your nose. This is the part where you turn the tragedy into triumph, the trials into treasure, and move from victim to victorious!

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Spiritual Foundations

Your Misery Is Not Meaningless

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians [4:16]-18
English Standard Version

Normally this is where I would pontificate on the verses above, but this week I will give that honor to John Piper. This is an excerpt from his sermon on this subject with a link to the entire sermon following.

Not only is all your affliction momentary, not only is all your affliction light in comparison to eternity and the glory there. But all of it is totally meaningful. Every millisecond of your pain, from the fallen nature or fallen man, every millisecond of your misery in the path of obedience is producing a peculiar glory you will get because of that.I don’t care if it was cancer or criticism. I don’t care if it was slander or sickness. It wasn’t meaningless. It’s doing something! It’s not meaningless. Of course you can’t see what it’s doing. Don’t look to what is seen.When your mom dies, when your kid dies, when you’ve got cancer at 40, when a car careens into the sidewalk and takes her out, don’t say, “That’s meaningless!” It’s not. It’s working for you an eternal weight of glory.Therefore, therefore, do not lose heart. But take these truths and day by day focus on them. Preach them to yourself every morning. Get alone with God and preach his word into your mind until your heart sings with confidence that you are new and cared for.

John Piper – Full sermon text here

Tip of the Week

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7 Steps to Transform a Tragic 2020 Into a Terrific 2021

1. Process 2020: Wins, Losses, Learning
2. Release and Redeem the Emotions
3. Prioritize
4. Energize
5. What do you want to Eliminate, Delegate, Automate
6. Set Goals, Actions
7. Schedule habits, routines, reviews, assessments

Links From This Week's Episode

The Six Figure Small Group Intensive – Ready to join Ray and 7 other entrepreneurs on a mission to build a 6 figure business in 6 months or less? Click the link to schedule a one-on-one chat with Ray. Seating is extremely limited for these events!

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A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper) – An app for iPhone and Android that allows you to create your own affirmations and motivational messages.

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