Let the Sparks Fly

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We’ve all been there – staring at a blank page, wondering where to begin. A new year stretches before you, filled with possibilities but also uncertainty. You know you want things to be different, but how can you achieve real, lasting change?

Instead of making vague resolutions doomed to fail, focus on cultivating real growth and purpose. Harness your innate creativity to transform barriers into bridges. Learn from individuals who ignite passion through focus and determination. Discover the power that comes from confronting weaknesses, and rising above them.

This message reveals a clear process for creating positive change in every aspect of life. It identifies the core components that launch stagnation into motion and turn dreams into reality. By learning to view challenges through a new lens of opportunity, you can spark your own genesis – a fresh start empowered to overcome any obstacle.

  • Jesus is all you need, and he’s right here, and he wants to make a difference in your life this year. It’s a new year with new beginnings, possibilities, and dreams.
  • God has a plan for you, so look to Jesus, not everything else. Jesus is all you need.
  • Like an axe, you need to sharpen yourself with God’s wisdom this year, or you’ll get worn out doing ineffective things. To change this year, you can’t keep doing the same things as last year.
  • God wants to spark new passion, growth, dreams, and possibilities in your life this year. But you have to sharpen the axe and let the sparks fly.
  • God created the world using a process of light, land, life, likeness, and limits. This same creative process is how he wants to create change in your life.
  • Light is inspiration from God through his Word. Land are the opportunities on earth. Life is passion ignited in your heart. Likeness is developing Christlike character. Limits is resting in God’s care and control.
  • To unleash creativity and change this year, you must narrow your focus on the most important things, cutting out distractions. The more focused, the more effective.
  • Our greatest barriers often become the bridge to new blessings. See problems as opportunities.
  • True power is not willpower, but trusting the cross of Christ daily. In weakness, we find his strength.

True growth emerges from humility, not pride. When we admit our limitations and seek wisdom beyond ourselves, we access a wellspring of strength, vision and life far greater than any individual will. Each struggle contains within it the seeds of something new, if we have eyes to see.

This year, commit to sharpening your focus and broadening your perspective. Cut away distractions to cultivate your most important priorities. Approach problems as fuel for your fire rather than reasons to burn out. And remember – within you lies dormant a well of untapped ideas, passion and purpose. Have the courage to let life’s friction strike the spark that ignites it.

A new chapter awaits when we stop wrestling control and loosen our grip on the pen. Trust that a wiser hand will guide your story to richer places than you can foresee. Have faith in the creativity within you, and the power beyond you, to create something beautiful from even the most broken of beginnings. Your genesis is just beginning.


Ecclesiastes 10, Psalm 119:105, Isaiah 42:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18

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