Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 13:4
"The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
but the soul of the diligent is made fat"
There must be more than desires and dreams in your head. There must be plans and hard work. Too many people just want God to drop blessings down from the sky – often things that are purely materialistic. But God has given us the foolproof way of seeing if it is His will for us to have these things we desire: make plans to go after them but if getting to them requires that we violate God's righteous standards, then we will uncover that and hopefully abandon the pursuit.
Never just dream about things coming true. You must say: By what date could these things come true? What are the steps that allow this to happen?
It is amazing what can be accomplished when you actually set off in a direction with determination and a time frame. But on the other side, it is amazing how little is accomplished by just dreaming. We must answer the question: What does God want to accomplish through me in the next year? And then set about to move toward those goals.
What is soul fat?
Just as your body takes excess food and calories and turns it into fat stores that can be used later, so your soul has the ability to store excess goodness. But what are the calories and food of the soul? Relationships. Relational depth is soul fat. There are times when we need to convert those good feelings, memories, and connections into useable items for our life. It is always wonderful when they are there. It takes diligence to add to your relationships so that you actually can live off of those relationships later. Life is a complex web of relationships. Each of these relationships needs food and water. Don't let your relationships starve or you will be left out in the cold.
Are you making sure that you are adding soul fat?
Complimenting the people in each of your relationships
Not criticizing, condemning, or complaining
Adding value to their life
Quickly apologizing for your mistakes and wrongs