What Is God’s Will For My Life?

I had someone ask me this week what I thought God’s will for my life was. I learned a long time ago that God’s ways are not like my ways, and His timing is not always my timing. What does GOD want me to do with my life? I don’t know if he wants you to be a CIO, or a Salesman, or a programmer, or a parent. What I am absolutely sure He wants is for you to

  • Rejoice always,
  • Pray continually,
  • Be Thankful in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18)

Rejoice ALWAYS

304949_10151216381409402_1485673419_nNot just when things go my way or for the good time, but in ALL things. Each of us walks a journey specially prepared by GOD to be used for His glory. Your journey will be different than mine and I learned never to compare journeys or be envious of the life someone else has, and to see the bigger picture in each circumstance.

How was it possible for Paul and Silas to find joy enough to sing while in prison chains? They had just been falsely accused and arrested, stripped and beaten with rods, severely flogged, and then tossed into prison. How could they find the joy to sing as they sat there with open wounds, suffering from a loss of blood, unable to move around or even go to the bathroom because of the stocks on their feet?

They knew how powerful GOD is and they trusted that GOD had a plan for them.

My son does not like having to go to bed at a certain time, mow the yard, read the Bible, or learn to write in cursive. However, I know what I want him to be like when he is a grown man so I take him through things to lead him that way.

GOD does the same with us. It is a process we are going through and we will only be done when we stand before GOD in heaven. Until then, we are learning and growing and becoming more of what GOD wants us to be and less of who we were when we first gave our hearts to Jesus.

SO… rejoice when you encounter various trials in your life, knowing that this is producing endurance so we can become a better equipped to represent Jesus to the world. God considers you valuable enough to use you in His plan to save a lost and dying world – that’s pretty cool!

Pray CONTINUALLY

Not just over dinner or when you put your kids to bed – ALWAYS. That means I am keenly aware that GOD is with me wherever I go so I remain in a conversation with Him about all kinds of things. Prayer is just talking to GOD and why would you NOT want to get as much time with the GOD of the universe as possible?

If you went on a trip from Dallas to New York with your best friend, you would talk along the way. Yes there would lots of time where there is quiet but you work point out things you see and share your thoughts. It wouldn’t be forced it would be shared because you are on the journey together. So your prayers with an ever-present GOD could be things like:

  • ‘Thank you for this warm cup of coffee.”
  • “Thank you for this great parking spot!”
  • “Please help me communicate well in this meeting.”
  • “Thank you for my team and help me to lead them well this week.”
  • “God, please heal Marks marriage and give him patience with his wife.”
  • “Thank you GOD that my wife loves me enough to text me a silly face for no reason.”

I hope you get the picture. The point is that since GOD is on the journey with us we get to talk with Him all the time, in all things, about all things, because He cares about these things.

Be Thankful In All Circumstances

Life is full of challenges at work and home. I do not always like the things that happen in life but I have learned to be thankful IN all circumstance and not FOR all circumstances. Note I highlighted In vs For because somethings that happen are just a bummer and we would not wish this on our worst enemy. However, when we are willing to trust that GOD has a plan in all things, we can keep a perspective that keeps us from blaming GOD and actually thanking GOD.

move-to-texasIn 2009 I lost a job as VP of Marketing and Sales. It was really surprised at this because I had done amazing things to lead this 50-year-old company to a new level of success. GOD wanted me in Texas and so that job had to end so I would consider moving out of California after 46 years of living in the same city I was born. I am thankful to be in the best state in America and thankful that GOD chose to close that door and open this door where I met “all y’all.”

After enough years of situations like that happening in my life, I have learned that I should not freak out when the unexpected happen, instead I look back at the things GOD has done in my life and can be thankful that He chose to use me for His glory in this circumstance. Read also about how not to worry if you need more help with this.

So God’s will for our lives is to Rejoice in all things, Pray in all things, and be Thankful in all things. If you struggle to do this come be a part of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast planning team and let others support you in your journey. Get details about our next meeting from our Facebook Event page and make plans to join us.

Robert Hunt

Do you have a Bucket List?

Bucket_List__001I don’t have a “Bucket List.” Not that I don’t want to do cool and amazing things, I just hadn’t sat down and created a list that drives my efforts in life around tasks or accomplishments. I’m a very driven and organized guy. I set weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual goals for my business and my personal life, but no Bucket List. So I started to wonder if I was missing something here. 

I read an article with ideas about creating a Bucket List and one of the first things it has you consider is “What if you were to die tomorrow? What would you wish you had done before you die.” Then it lists out other questions like:

  • What would you do if you had unlimited time, money & resources?
  • What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
  • Any countries, places or locations you want to visit?
  • What are your biggest goals and dreams?
  • What do you want to see in person?
  • What achievements do you want to have?
  • What experiences do you want to have / feel?
  • Are there any special moments you want to witness?
  • What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?
  • What are the most important things you can ever do?

Bucketlist.comI also found a website called Bucket List that allows you to see what others are doing and say “Yeah, thats something I want on my bucket list.” There is certainly value in taking stock of your life and making sure you use it to the fullest, but all this needs to be kept in mind with your purpose for living in the first place. 

Why are You Here?

Jesus told a story in the Bible about a Master who gave his servants a specific amount of Talents and held them accountable to use them wisely. (see this review of the Parable of the Talents for more info) We too will be held accountable for the things GOD has graciously given us while here on earth. That includes the fact we live in the USA, have our health, went to school, have a home and food each day, and more! These “talents” were put in our hands in various amounts, but we are still responsible to use them for God’s glory, not just to check off our Bucket List.

Everybody Dies

The Bible says that everyone, good or bad, religious or not, will kneel before GOD when you die (Romans 14: 10 -12).  And the fact is that NO BODY is good enough, or religious enough, to deserve to pass through those pearly gates. That is why GOD sent his only son Jesus Christ to live, die, and rise again to pay the price for all our shortcomings. And this sacrificial gift of the forgiveness of our sins is a FREE gift that anyone can check off their bucket list today!

Today is the last day on earth for and estimated 153,000 people.  If you were to die today, would you really worry about how many things you knocked off your Bucket List, or what it will be like when you kneel before the King of Kings and answer for the life you lived on earth.

I hope you will choose God’s free gift of salvation through a faith in Jesus Christ today. Then see what GOD can do with a life that is completely His. We would love to talk with you more about how this can change your life so contact us at [email protected].

Robert Hunt

  •  Come get involved in the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast team for 2016 and use the talents GOD has given you to serve others. Sign up to be a Volunteer and make plans to join us at our 2016 event on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Why Shawn Tuma is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

Shawn Tuma

Shawn Tuma, Partner
Scheef & Stone, L.L.P.

Shawn Tuma, Partner at Scheef & Stone, L.L.P., had this to say:

It’s the feeling that I got when I first walked into the building. It’s the overwhelming presence of the Lord that told me I was in the right place and needed to be a part of it.

It was a feeling that I had experienced before and I knew that I could not ignore it. In the spring of 1996, I visited Regent University to see if that was the right place for me to attend law school. When I placed my foot on the ground to step out of the cab at the front gates of Regent, I felt that same feeling. The chills, feeling of warmth, the hair standing up on the back of your neck. You know, the feeling you get when you enter into a place that is filled with the Spirit of the Lord. At that moment, I knew that I was in the right place and there no doubt whatsoever. In hindsight, attending Regent University School of Law was one of the very best decisions I have ever made.

In the fall of 2014, my friend Robert Hunt invited me to be a guest at his table for the 2014 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. Bright and early on September 26, 2014, I arrived at the Irving Convention Center having no idea of what to expect. As I walked up to the building, all I could tell was that the place was huge and insecure feeling of knowing nobody, except Robert, in a building full of people, was knawing away at me.

Then I opened the door and walked in. At that moment, the feeling hit me and everything was just right. I could feel the presence of the Lord and I knew that I was in the right place. I was quickly greeted with coffee and smiling friendly faces that made me feel right at home. The more time that passed, the more I knew just how special this event was. By the end of the Breakfast, I knew that I had to be a part of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast going forward and committed to both volunteer and purchase a table for 10 people for 2015.

Today was the 2015 Prayer Breakfast. It was absolutely amazing! As I entered the building, I felt the same Sprit that I felt last year. The speakers’ messages were perfect and I could see that many people’s hearts were touched, believers and non-believers alike. It was also very fulfilling to see how much the nine guests I invited to my table were enjoying themselves. I can only wonder if any of them were impacted the same way I was last year, and whether they will have their own tables next year — with nine more guests each! Isn’t it amazing to see just how easily God can expand this exponentially?

It just doesn’t get any better than this! I am excited to be a part of the 2016 Prayer Breakfast and I hope to see you there!

We are very thankful for Shawn, who is one of our great volunteers and served as Chair of the Communications Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us for an even better event in 2016!

Does Prayer Work?

When all else fails...Pray

Some people pray only when all else fails. However, if prayer works, why wait until things are horrible to apply it to our lives? If prayer really works, why not use it all the time? I know that prayer changes everything, and it starts by changing us.

There was a time written about in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (yes that’s a part of the Bible) when God’s chosen people turned their backs on Him, and this led to another nation taking them into captivity. So GOD gave them this challenge:

“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Prayer is talking with GOD and it’s not complicated. It draws us to GOD in a personal way, to connect with the creator of the universe, to experience all that life has to offer. Many people reserve prayer for holiday meals or times of trouble. That’s like having a phone and only using it to call on Christmas and Easter to say hi, or just when your car breaks down on 635. Instead we use our phones all day long and enjoy the benefit of staying connected with others. Prayer is like that. It works and should be enjoyed.

Pray Without Ceasing

If you believe in the power of prayer, and since GOD has directed us to pray, why don’t we do it more often? In my past, I considered prayer as a “get out of jail card” to be pulled out when things got really bad. Until then, I was doing pretty good on my own so I didn’t need the man upstairs. I began to look at GOD like a butler or rich uncle who I called on when I needed something. This routine went on for years until I really understood that my Heavenly Father loves me and actually enjoys talking with me each day. Prayer was a way of staying connected all day long to a source of love I could not get enough of.

The Bible teaches us to “pray without ceasing,” which means all the time. It’s like being on a long journey with a friend where we chatted about life, our thoughts and dreams, the experiences and lessons learned along the road, and our excitement about the destination. You would not get in a car at Dallas with your best friend and say “I’ll let you know when I get tired so you can take over” and then ignore him for the next 12 hours. Yet this is how many people consider GOD as they journey this adventure called Life.

Prayer Is For Our Benefit

intercessory-prayer1Since GOD knows everything, then He certainly knows what I’m thinking or what I will pray even before I pray it, so why pray? Well it’s because prayer is for US. The process of taking our prayers to GOD (talking with Him) helps us to remember who is in charge. It helps us become grounded again as we think of how powerful and awesome He is, to remember all the great things He has already done for us, and look at our current situations from an eternal perspective.

If you are not experienced in praying, let me share with you something I learned a long time ago called the ACTS of praying:

Adoration – when I start praying (talking with GOD) I realize just how awesome it is to talk one on one with the GOD of the universe, and I cannot help but pour out praise and compliments on how awesome He is. This get my head in the right perspective that I am in the presence of greatness, the King of Kings. This also helps me to see how I fall short of His perfection and leads me to confess where I come up short.

Confession – I sin, Jimmy Carter sins, everybody sins. The cool part of GOD is that he made a way for all of us to come speak and be with Him by having Jesus Christ die on the cross to pay the price for my sins, and the sins of the world, once and forever. We are directed in the Bible to confess our sins so that GOD will remove them forever and allow us to be in His presence. This puts us back in a right relationship with GOD so He can give us the blessings a loving Father wants to provide His children. Knowing all He has forgiven me of makes me very Thankful.

Thanksgiving – when I start by telling GOD all I am thankful for, it helps me to see just how much he has already done for me. I also thank him for what I do NOT have, like cancer, or a child with special needs, or a wife who has lost interest in me, or friends who betray me. By the time I cover all that I have to be thankful for, the things I was going to ask GOD for almost seem insignificant. A Thankful heart turns my focus off me and over to the needs of others.

Supplication – this means asking GOD for what I want. Yes, I do pray for my family to be safe, for wisdom to raise my children, my business to grow, and much more. However, after realizing how awesome GOD is, how foolish I often behave, and how thankful I am for all He has done for me already, I realize I have a great life and my attention turns to the needs of others. I like praying for my friends because I love them and want God’s best for them.

The ACTS process moves our attention off ourselves and over to a world in need. Like some of your coworkers who do not have the HOPE you do, and who need the PEACE that GOD has given those of us who believe in his son Jesus Christ, and the JOY of knowing I am LOVED above all else.

This is the hope we share at our annual DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast on November 13. We will indeed pray that morning but we will spend most of our time talking with other Technology leaders from the DFW area, and hearing great stories of how GOD has changed the lives of business leaders just like you. I hope you will come join me that day.

Sign up to become a Table Host or Sponsor, or contact one of the Table Hosts you know and see if they have an extra seat. (see the list of Table Hosts at http://wp.me/P4GP4n-3g)

See you then,

Robert Hunt

Many Will See

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I love to watch the DIY and Cooking Channels. It’s cool to see how things are made and imagine yourself making a outdoor fire pit or a sweet Maple Bacon donut. It seems easier to think you can do these things when you see someone else do it and the amazing results they had.

Watching others go through challenges and surviving, or better yet, coming through stronger on the other side, gives us hope for what we are facing in our own lives. Many times I’ve made decisions to follow or avoid a certain course of action based on what I’ve seen happen in other people’s lives. This is one of the benefits of sharing life with others and learning from their experiences.

“Many Will See”

Psalm 40: 1 – 3 talks about GOD hearing our cries for help, pulling us out of the muddy waters, and onto a solid rock. My life has seen many times of deep waters and slimy pits, and I can tell you that GOD has always been there to help me out, sometimes pull me out, and take me to a better place. It also says that others will see how GOD has delivered us to a place of safety, and those watching this will learn to fear (respect) GOD, and put their trust in Him.

People watch what you do. They see how you handle life and how you respond to things we never saw coming. When I got divorced in 1994, when I lost my job in 2005, when I moved to Texas in 2010, and when I changed careers after 25 years and decided to trust GOD in this new journey. People were watching and making a decision on who GOD is by the way I represented Him to through my life.

Our DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast allows us to share real life examples of leaders who have faced challenges and seen GOD not only save them, but give them something to sing about! We learn from each others stories and choose for ourselves what course of action we want to follow in our own lives.

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This annual event provides a place for Technology Leaders to come together in one place and hear stories that will encouraged others to “see, and fear ( to respect or be in awe of), and put their trust in the Lord.” We know how it is to face hard times or to feel life is empty and without hope. And we also know what it feels like to see GOD change our lives, give us peace and hope for the future. We want YOU to know this too!

We hope you will join us to hear from Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VM Ware, as he shares how a faith in Jesus Christ has changed his life. Sign up today to be a Table Host or check the names of current Table Host to see who you know and you can ask them if they have a seat open for you.

See you September 30 at the Irving Convention Center. Bring some Maple Bacon Donuts!

Embracing Our Purpose

Jeff Clement

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Today’s post if from Jeff Clement who is the Chairman of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

Jesus last message to his disciples still applies to those who follow Him today.  Christians are empowered by God to accomplish the things He gives us to do, and it’s God Himself who gives the increase.

Consider these truths from the Bible:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.  (Matthew 28:19-20)

I (Paul) planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering.  What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose.  And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.  (1 Corinthians 3:5-8)

Jesus’ last message to His disciples and to His followers today, was to “Go.”  It wasn’t a request, it was a command.  In other words, these are marching orders given to those of us who consider ourselves His followers.  Have you embraced the marching orders He left with us?

Planting the seedIn the Corinthians passage above, Paul uses the analogy of planting and watering to describe the work God called him to.  This helps us understand that each of us has specific roles to play in the kingdom of God.  Inviting others to attend, asking questions, investing in relationships, mentoring and guiding are ways we can participate through the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.  What’s important is that we faithfully complete the tasks that God gives us and then leave the results to Him.

Consider Simon Peter who worked hard all night and caught nothing (Luke 5).  Yet when he obeyed Jesus’ instruction to put down his net, the net could not even contain the result.  The increase was supernatural and could not have been accomplished as a result of changes in the conditions, or Simon Peter’s ability.  It was God who gave the increase.  True increase in all aspects of our lives, comes from God.  This is only accomplished when we choose to participate with God’s work of grace in our lives.  It’s not our self-effort that ultimately causes growth.  So, let’s commit to following through with our part and leaving the results to God!

Prayer

“Father, thank you that you created each of us on purpose and for a purpose.  You’ve equipped each of us and given us tasks or assignments to accomplish your purposes for our lives.  Thank you too, that you equipped us for those tasks and, it’s you alone who gives the increase.  May we embrace your command to “Go” and surrender the results to you.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.”

Come join us for this years event at the Irving Convention Center for the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. Sign up to be a Table Host and invite guests from your network to come hear the life-changing message of a Faith in Jesus Christ.

Visit our Event page for information and we hope to see you there.

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