Defining Your Foundations
My name is Christian Vigé and I am happy to be a contributor to Archer’s Guild! As a new contributor to the site I wanted to take a second to introduce myself and let you know who I am as we embark on this writer/reader relationship (here’s to hoping you guys want to read my posts, often J). I am an enthusiastic, extremely overly organized (redundant for the appropriate amount of emphasis), OCD, lover of all things musical, productions, children, people with special needs, and CHRISTmas aficionado! My deepest desire is for others to know the indescribable, abounding love of Jesus Christ. I am a college graduate with a degree in Business Administration (Management/Marketing) and a minor in Music (Voice). I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and most recently, I have become the Minister of Family Life at First Baptist Church. As we continue in our reader/writer relationship you will definitely come to know who I am more through my posts!
Wow! Another year has come and gone, just like that! Life is such a vapor, continuously ticking away as we go about our busy lives. For those of you who are older, you know what I mean when I say, “It just keeps getting faster and faster.” I always tell people, after October, the year is over. From the hustle and bustle of vacations, family time, holiday shopping, baking, parties, and festivities, the year quickly finishes out. After the holiday season ends it’s a New Year. With a New Year comes so many exciting opportunities and changes!
By nature we are creatures of habit. We are a people who settle into a routine or have regular tendencies or practices that we rarely deviate from once we are comfortable. Let me encourage you to consider your habits and examine them to see if they are good, effective, practical, or profitable. Living a life of practicality and relational intentionality will get you far ahead in life. However, in order to obtain a successful life, one must analyze his foundation first.
Now, this is only what you make it, but hear me out for a second… if you were to take inventory on all of the habits that came to your mind as you read this post, at least three of your habits can either be modified, adapted, or even purged from your life for the betterment of yourself. Christ calls us to excellence in all things. (Colossians 3:23). After you have taken inventory on all of the habits you are aware of, you must now consider how you can change the habit. To do this ask yourself, “How would I like to grow and become better? What is something that I’d like to do that I haven’t been doing, or that I should do more of?” Try to keep the list short, simple, and realistic. This will make the items more obtainable.
Habits are founded on the beliefs and standards that you have created. If you are wanting to be better it is absolutely pointless to raise your standards and not believe you can achieve them. That is self-sabotage. So before you can change your habits you must delineate all doubts. I propose by doing the following…
Set true and firm beliefs as your foundation. Figure out what it is that you are wanting to achieve and the success you desire to obtain. If your convictions and beliefs are continuously changing, the foundation of all of your habits are shaking beneath you and you will not be able to change.
If you aren't willing to work for it, you won’t obtain if. If you don’t plan you will often fail. Planning helps to guide you to success. Once you have determined what you desire to change, you must determine the steps required to achieve it.
In a world of generalities, you must be specific. If I was to say, “go to the Ice Cream Shoppe and get me some ice cream,” you’d be absolutely lost. Same with our goals and habits. We must be specific in our goal setting. Figure out the number, figure out that dollar amount, figure out specifically where you want to be, or what you desire to achieve.
Here are where things get real. No one likes being relationally vulnerable with someone else. It calls for complete honesty and transparency which bares an uncomfortable feeling that all of society dislikes. Better yet, it would mean accountability! Let me encourage you to commit yourself to your goals and changes and then verbalize them to someone who truly loves and cares about you. We are not always aware of what we look like from the outside. An objective and loving second perspective offers truthful and compassionate wisdom to be spoken into our lives. We make each other better. We are the body. Two are better than one. (1 Corinthians 12:26; Proverbs 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9)
As you begin this New Year remember that all of the “firsts” are the most important in life.
-First minutes of everyday: spending quiet time with the Lord before the day begins
-First dollar you earn: tithe to the church and give to the Lord’s work
-First day of every week: worshiping with His Church
Christ is worthy of all of the firsts in our lives; may 2015 be a year where we truly make it count in all things we say and do for His glory alone!
Here’s to each of you a blessed and prosperous New Year!
Christian Vige is an enthusiastic, overly organized, lover of all things musical, relational, political, and... CHRISTmas! His deepest desire is for others to know the indescribable, abounding love of Jesus Christ. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting. Recently, Christian has become the Minister of Family Life at First Baptist Church.