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Finding the answer to the biggest questions in life require a deeper commitment

We were created to live a life that glorifies God. If that is true, that means that God has prepared a way for us, no matter what the situation we are facing, or the challenge ahead of us. Because of that, we are called to live lives marked by greater
Barna Group published a research in 2017 called Making Space for Millennials. In this research they found that:
19% of Millennials say they are extremely satisfied with their career
49% Millennials who are anxious about making the wrong career choice
48% Christian millennials who think God is calling them to different work, but haven’t been willing to make the change
Gallup Research says that 51% of US employees are actively looking for a new job or looking for an opening
70% of Millennials say their career is central to their identity
The issue here is not how talented people are, but rather, what is the character that will carry us to become all that God has in store for us?
The Changing environment
The changing environment your generation changes calls for something more than career skills. God has set you up for success. God has prepared good works for you from before the beginning of creation. I believe that if you are going to live up to God’s calling for your life, you will need to develop three characteristics that will prepare you to live a fruitful life, no matter where you are.
In a perfect world, we should be able to find our dream job, to be able to do everything we find passion for.
Tonight I don’t want to give you the silver bullet to find happiness or the five simple steps to answer to how to find purpose for your life. Instead what I wanted to do was to give you highlight three character traits of people who are able to find their purpose in the middle of great changing environments.
“Research consistently shows that self-awareness is a foundational quality of career success.”
“Self-awareness is equally important when it comes to faith. People who are spiritually self-aware have a non- anxious presence—they are completely at peace with who God has created and called them to be. They are deeply grateful to God for his gifts and calling in their lives while fully realizing these gifts are neither earned nor deserved, but given freely for the bene t of others.
“Learning how to be self-aware starts with recognizing what I call the “cycle of false identity.” This cycle begins in a family where the parents are not very self-aware, and they place unfounded expectations on their children. When the children fail to meet those unfounded expectations, the parents judge them in their failure.
“The more we try to meet our parents’ unfounded expectations, the more we begin to lose our authentic sense of self. We begin to feel like we are somehow defective—we are not good enough, smart enough, hardworking enough. Our whole sense of identity becomes distorted.” (MSM, 62-63)
enough, smart enough, hardworking enough. Our whole sense of identity becomes distorted.
Do you know your self worth in Christ?
Change your focus:
Become self-aware:
Know who you really are:
In Christ:
Deuteronomy 10:15 NIV
Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Zechariah 2:8 NIV
For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—
Paul wrote to the Ephesians a letter to challenge their view of themselves. Who they were created to be.
Ephesians 1:3–10 NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
NIV
Be grateful for your personal make up
Be thankful for the uniqueness in you: God chose you for a time like this.
Invest to hone in your personal core:
In the same research from 2017, Barna Group stated that 48% Christian millennials who think God is calling them to different work, but haven’t been willing to make the change
What if instead of avoiding failure we would focus on living a life marked by courage? I believe that this kind of life would look like to many people around you like the kind of life that is worth imitating.
Ideally every person in this room will find their dream job within the next 5 years. But I believe that God has in store for you and me more than simply finding the right career, he wants you to find what his grace is capable of doing in your life.
Overcoming the “cycle of false identity trap”:
Joseph Cavanaugh III states: “The process of breaking the cycle of false identity is an equipping process. The Greek word for equipping means to restore, to complete, to perfect. Restoring a person back to God’s original design is a critical part of breaking the cycle. We want to create a cycle of authentic identity. We can help people become self-aware by helping them rediscover their gifts and talents. As they receive those gifts and talents with a grateful heart, it produces true humility, which produces authenticity. From authenticity, love and service arise—and their light begins to shine.”
Know your Core values:
Daniel 1:3–5 NIV
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
Trusting God has set you up for success:
Do you know what your non-negotiables are? Knowing your core values tells you what your non negotiables are. Its like when Jessica and I were trying to buy our first house. We needed to know what were the things we would sacrifice and things that we wouldn't let go of.
Core values:
Change and Risk=Opportunity
Wide Awake 3 Adapt—The Alchemist

“This is why you’re so dogmatic. If you don’t know what your nonnegotiables are, you won’t negotiate anything. You’re afraid to let go of anything because later you might discover that was a nonnegotiable. When you don’t know what’s really important, you treat everything the same. Adaptability is not the result of a hollow core, but of clarity and conviction about what is at your core. Don’t confuse being rigid and unchanging with having convictions.”

Perhaps your current risk is the very fabric of God’s best for you to be set apart to live a better life, one that glorifies God through you!
Do you know what your non-negotiables are? Knowing your core values tells you what your non negotiables are. Its like when Jessica and I were trying to buy our first house. We needed to know what were the things we would sacrifice and things that we wouldn't let go of.
A good player is a good player in every court.
Dainel was willing to become a new person without compromising his core values. He was in the middle of an antagonistic environment.
Do you know what your non-negotiables are? Knowing your core values tells you what your non negotiables are. Its like when Jessica and I were trying to buy our first house. We needed to know what were the things we would sacrifice and things that we wouldn't let go of.
Do you know what your non-negotiables are? Knowing your core values tells you what your non negotiables are. Its like when Jessica and I were trying to buy our first house. We needed to know what were the things we would sacrifice and things that we wouldn't let go of.
A dogmatic person will be afraid of change because they have spent most of their lives trying to figure out what to live against rather than knowing what is worth laying their lives for.
Wide Awake 3 Adapt—The Alchemist

faith gives you the confidence to adapt to your circumstance while never compromising your convictions.

Become adaptable (humility):
fear keeps us from God's dreams for us. Faith allows us to see the future with the eyes of God. In the real world, you will need to adapt and reinvent yourself over and over again.
Daniel was willing to receive a new name, while maintaining his true identity (Dan 1:6-7)
Daniel 1:
Daniel 1:6–7 NIV
Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
In the Hebrew culture, a change of name altered completeley the direction of your life. Daniel was unwilling to let people to dictate who God had called him to become.
Wide Awake 3 Adapt—The Alchemist

Adaptability requires teachability. The ability to change comes from one core characteristic, and that is simply humility. Humility keeps us flexible. It serves as an oil that keeps our hearts open to change and able to adjust.

People who are adaptible know who they are (their core values) are not afraid of changing those things that are secondary. They have spent time following before trying to lead.
Paul did was adaptible. He knew his values (non-negotiables). How do we know, he chose to become a tentmaker so he could continue to focus on the things that God had entrusted him to do: to be a messenger of Jesus Christ.
He was trained to be a teacher and an interpret of a sacred book. And yet, because saw that his nonnegotiable was to be a messenger of Jesus, he was willing to take on a new vocation, becoming a tent maker, so that he would be free to do the kind of work God had prepared him for. He didn't consider becoming a tent maker a demotion but a greater opportunity to not to becomes burden for the believers, since many of the believers in the early church lived in extreme poverty
Wide Awake 3 Adapt—The Alchemist

difference between what it means to adopt and what it means to adapt. One is to surrender to overwhelming circumstances; the other is to rise above them. To adopt is to compromise your convictions; to adapt is to live them out in the real world

Wide Awake 3 Adapt—The Alchemist

difference between what it means to adopt and what it means to adapt. One is to surrender to overwhelming circumstances; the other is to rise above them. To adopt is to compromise your convictions; to adapt is to live them out in the real world

an unlearning person will see themselves as a helpless victim. They will be a lot like an addict. They will make the same mistakes over and over again and will blame others, their circumstances, or timing for their own shortcomings. A teachable person listens carefully not to find out who is at fault but to grow and mature
Stay teachable:
An unlearning person will see themselves as a helpless victim. They will be a lot like an addict. They will make the same mistakes over and over again and will blame others, their circumstances, or timing for their own shortcomings. A teachable person listens carefully not to find out who is at fault but to grow and mature in the midst of a turbulent time.
Stay teachable: an unlearning person will see themselves as a helpless victim. They will be a lot like an addict. They will make the same mistakes over and over again and will blame others, their circumstances, or timing for their own shortcomings. A teachable person listens carefully not to find out who is at fault but to grow and mature
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