Reaching Our Potential

It’s Father’s Day and we wanted to remind dads that God doesn’t want you to think small.

You’ve got to lead your family by example, so it’s important that you understand the plans God has for you! 

God doesn’t want us to think small.
He has BIG plans for us.


I believe that God loves a bold attitude – not arrogance, but boldness. 

CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S WORD

David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), and David told Goliath,  “I’m going to whip you.”  (See 1 Sam. 17:45:47)

Saul told David, ” You’re not a man of war. You’re a sheep-herder.”

David answered, ” Yeah, but I’ve got something in here that you don’t know about. I don’t need your armor or your encouragement. I’m about to whip the snot out of Goliath.”

David was confident because he’d found something to be confident in. He’d spent hours in fellowship with God out there with the sheep. He thought I don’t need anybody’s approval. I’ve got God’s approval.

I’ve seen children come out of homes with natural self-esteem who achieved things that some believers would never even attempt. So many Christians blame God when they don’t reach their potential. They make excuses when they try something that fails, saying, “That must not have been God.” How many believers have you heard say that?

There’s no backbone in that. You have to know who you are in Christ and have some self-worth inside of you to reach your full potential.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV


Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Jeremiah 33:3 KJV


WHAT WE NEED TO DO

For us to reach our full potential we have to put something on the inside. The words of Christ should dwell in us richly. (Col 3:16 KJV.)

Without God, there’s nothing in us that’s going to be good.  The enemy works on us the same way he works on everyone else to tell us how we’re not going to amount to anything.

Until we can bash that lie with the truth, we’ll believe the lie. 

The truth is that God has called and gifted us. The truth is that He has a plan for our life, and when we ask, He will show us what we need to do to reach the full potential He created us to reach.

The Take Away

Dad, you have to lead your family by example which means you need to set the standard for thinking big and obeying God’s Word! 

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Feeling Swamped?

Family life is busy and it can be messy.

Often, we end up feeling swamped with an endless to-do list if we want to meet everyone’s needs.

Like any other father or husband I want to be a success at what I do. I want my family to be successful at what they do. I want to hear Jesus say “well done” at the end of my lifetime. That means allowing God to develop some self-control in my life. Developing self-control is sometimes a painful learning experience but the reward is worth the effort. It is our daily habits that determine how successful our future will be.

Successful people have successful habits. Unsuccessful people do not. Ninety percent of successful people set goals, ninety percent of people who failed did not set goals. Goal setting helps us to let go of the UN-necessary stuff in our lives allowing time to do the really important things we should and want to be doing. 

Successful habits start with successful thoughts. I am what I am and I am where I am because of what has gone into my mind. Proverbs tells us that as a man thinks in his heart so is he and to guard our heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 23:7; 4:23). I am told to renew my mind with the Word of God so as not to be conformed to this world. (Romans 12:2). So with that in mind here are some things God says we can do when we are feeling swamped,

1. Meditate God’s Word.

Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; 3 John 2. Success and prosperity come from putting God and his word number one our daily habit list. The way to remove fear, doubt and unbelief is by meditating on God’s Word.

2. Watch Your Confession.

Psalm 112:1-5; Psalm 119:11 & 105; Proverbs 18:21; Isaiah 55:11. We are either thanking God or we are accusing him. Our words shape our daily life. You can talk yourself into a depression if you talk negatively long enough. God inhabits our praised not our complaining. We believe most what we hear ourselves say. Say what God says. 

3. Redeem the time we have.

Ephesians 5:16. Instead of waiting until everything is perfect make the most of the time we have. Redeeming the time is translated in the Revised Version “Buying up for yourselves the opportunity”. This phrase does not refer to time in general, but to a special point in time, a circumstance, or crisis. It refers to a moment full of possibilities quickly passing by, which we must take make the best of before it has passed away. Sometimes it a moment of time to instruct a child, to pray a prayer of salvation with someone, a business opportunity; sometimes it is an occasion for love; sometimes for patience; sometimes for victory over temptation and sin. Let us redeem it.

The Take Away

A good prayer for parents is Psalm 90:12“Lord, teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.” I realize that families are not neat things. A family has a dynamic all of its own. Trying to schedule a family on a daily basis is something of a supernatural experience. But believe it or not, you can have success at it. 

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Do a Little Extra

One time when I was traveling, I was taking the shuttle bus from the airport car rental location to the terminal.

I struck up a conversation with the shuttle driver who was a nice lady.

There was another couple on the shuttle. They were both well dressed and probably in their fifties. As the shuttle driver pulled up to their specific terminal location to let them off, she was very helpful and polite. She unloaded all of their bags from the shuttle and told them, “I hope you have a nice flight. Thank you for renting with us.”

As I watched, the successful looking businessman opened his wallet to tip the shuttle driver. He had several bills of different denominations in his billfold, but pulled out a $1.00 and handed it to her. After this lady had been so nice and polite and had lugged all of their bags off of the shuttle for them, I couldn’t help but think of how ungenerous this man’s attitude was in handing her $1.00.

Now, I don’t know how a person can prosper with that kind of stingy attitude. How can you tip just a dollar? That is just embarrassing. The Bible says, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed” (Proverbs 19:17 ESV).

If you’re going to tip someone for their services, always do a little extra. Make someone’s day—be generous!

The Take Away:

Be generous and teach your children the principle of generosity. Proverbs 11:24-25 (NLT) says, “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Let’s represent God well and go the extra mile—give extra money, give extra time, give an extra smile, put a little extra life into somebody. Do something extra to bless someone today!

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Friday Funny: Life’s Not Fair

Let’s face it. Life is not fair.

In fact, there’s not a scripture in the Bible that says anything about life being “fair”.

God never promised that we wouldn’t have difficulties and trials. But He DID promise to give us His favor and His strength to see us through the problem.

We have to be confessing what God says in His word about who we are in Him. Armed with His Word, we can stand against anything life can throw at us!

Take time today to speak God’s Word over yourself and your children!

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Friday Funny: Sin Nature

From the time that Adam sinned and died spiritually, man has had a sin nature.

Paul the apostle would refer later to it as the “old man” and that we are supposed to put on the New Man.

Sin changed everything. Because of it, even children will act up in disobedience and rebellion at times. Joe shares about training up children and the importance of passing truth on to your children.

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Don’t Let Your Kids be an Easy Target

Parents, believe it or not, planning for your child’s college education is not the most important thing you can do for them.

As important as a college degree may be in helping them become successful in life, the most important thing you can do is train them in the Word of God. We are living in a day when we have to make it a priority to get the Word firmly planted in our kids.

Many people know the story of Abraham and how God called him to be the father of many nations. But do you know why God picked him? It wasn’t because of his great faith, but it was because God knew Abraham would teach his kids to follow God’s ways and commandments. Genesis 18:19 (KJV) says, “For I know him (Abraham), that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord….” In God’s eyes, that was a big prerequisite for the guy who was going to be the “father of many nations.”

God hasn’t changed. And as parents, that’s still something God considers a major requirement. When it came to raising our kids, Denise and I realized that we could make them mind, teach them to say, “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am,” teach them to brush their teeth, clean their room, and do their homework, but if we didn’t teach them the Word of God, they would be an easy target for the devil.

The bottom line is the devil is not afraid of your kid’s clean room, their straight “A” report card, or how great of an athlete they are. What scares the devil is the Word of God and Jesus who lives in them.

I don’t care what their IQ or GPA scores are or how many trophies they’ve won, if our kids don’t have the Word of God rooted and grounded in their heart, the devil will be able to whip them in life.

Parents, make it a top priority to teach your kids the Word of God. If you haven’t been doing this, don’t wait—start today! 

The Take Away:

When it comes to training your kids in the Word of God, you are the best teacher and example your kids will ever have. If you are a “doer” of the Word, then the chances are your kids will become “doers” also.

Read and find fun ways to practice Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NLT): “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine…Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” 

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Friday Funny: Some People Are Mean-As-Snot

When Jesus came, he did nothing but love people.

Even then, he still had enemies and critics. In Mark 6:11, Jesus taught his disciples to love and how to react when they are rejected by people. It’s just the way it is.

We can do our best to love people and they can still reject us. Our job is to always respond like Jesus would… because it’s going to happen. Why? Because some people are just Meaner-Than-Snot!

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Friday Funny: The Servant Of All

Jesus taught us that, in order to be great in the Kingdom of God, we have to become the servant of all.

Jesus left His place in Glory and came to earth. He humbled Himself and though he deserved to be worshiped and served, He became a servant.

That’s the way things are with God. Some call it a “Backwards Kingdom”. To receive, you must give. To live for God, you must die to self. To become great, you must become the servant of all.

Joe tells this hilarious version of Jesus teaching this concept to His disciples.

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Friday Funny: Every Child Is Different

Every child is different.

God has made all of us unique, with our own gifts and abilities.

Joe shares the importance of not comparing your child with another. Each kid is different and the Bible says that your gift will make room for you. Our job as parents is to help them develop those gifts.

So trust God to help you raise your child His way! Joe has a great book called: God Knows How To Raise Your Kid, Even If You Don’t. Check it out at JoeMcGeeStore.com

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Anointed to Make Money

It’s graduation time and right after families finish celebrating, the first thought is often — “When are you going to get a job?” Here’s some encouragement for parents and students. 

“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”(Proverbs 18:16 KJV).

If you do a Google search on the “failure hall of fame,” you’ll find a list of people who were losers, whose ideas, vision, and talents were initially rejected, and who got fired from jobs. Yet these same people became successful authors, entertainers, presidents, and millionaires. How did that happen? They were persistent, wouldn’t quit, and their gifts made room for them. 

One of the most important things we taught our kids was that they were anointed to make money.We encouraged them that their gifts would make room for them.

Adults may see a kid do something dumb and tell them, “You’re stupid. You’re never going to amount to anything. You just don’t have what it takes. You’ll be lucky if you get a job as a post-hole digger!”

Don’t be the parent that speaks bad things over their kids. I don’t care if they’ve made straight “F’s” on their report card, or if they’ve been sent to the principal’s office every day for the past month! Correct them when necessary, but don’t speak words of poverty and failure over them. Confess God’s Word over them no matter what things look like in the natural. “You’re a blessing going somewhere to happen! You’re blessed going out and coming in! The blessing of God overtakes you! Everything you set your hand to prospers!”

God’s Word can change anything. You just have to speak it and believe it!

The Take Away:

Instill confidence in your kids that their gifts will make room for them. Help them find what their gifts are. I believe in education, but it’s not necessarily their GPA or college degree that will get them a job. It’s God’s gift in them that will get them a job, help them keep a job, and make them prosperous. Knowing how to steward their gift will cause them to be a success. 

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