The Law of the Track Record

THE 21 UNBREAKABLE LAWS OF LIFE (16) – THE LAW OF THE TRACK RECORD

A GOOD REPUTATION IS PRICELESS

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. INTRODUCTION –WHEN TRACKING THE TRAJECTORY OF AN OBJECT IN SPACE SCIENTISTS CAREFULLY PLOT ITS’ COURSE (OR TRACK) IT VELOCITY TO CALCULATE WHERE IT WILL BE AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE.  PEOPLE WATCH OUR LIVES TO PREDICT WHAT WE WILL ACHIEVE IN LIFE OR WHAT WILL BECOME OF US.  MEMBERS OF A SENIOR CLASS VOTE FOR THE PERSON MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED.    MAX ANDERS, IN HIS BOOK ON THE “21 UNBREAKABLE LAWS OF LIFE RECOUNTS SEVERAL SCAMS PLAYED UPON THE ELDERLY. (READ INTRO PAGES 158, 159 PARA 1)  TEXT: 1 PROVERBS 22:1KJV A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. JVK

II)      WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF A TRACK RECORD?

A)      MAX’S FATHER HAD A SAYING: PAPER WILL HOLD STILL FOR ANYTHING. YOU CANNOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN WRITING. EVEN SOLID CONTRACTS ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE PARTIES THAT HAVE ENTERED INTO THEM.

B)       YOU ALSO CANNOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR. PEOPLE CAN SAY ANYTHING.  HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN BELIEVE THEM?  THEY MAY BE DISHONEST, UNRELIABLE AND INCOMPETENT OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR commitments DUE TO NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

C)       A HISTORY OF CREDIBILITY AND RELIABILITY IN THE PAST IS THE BEST INDICATOR OF CREDIBILITY AND RELIABILITY IN THE FUTURE.

D)      MAX SAYS, “THE TYPICAL AMERICAN IS BASICALLY HONEST AND WANTS TO BELIEVE THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE BASICALLY HONEST.”  SO WE OFTEN TAKE PEOPLE AT THEIR WORD, OR WE MAY FEEL SORRY FOR SOMEONE AND WANT TO GIVE HIM / HER A SECOND (THIRD, FOURTH) chance.  often we get taken.

E)       in almost every case where max and his wife were taken in they people that they were trying to help were extremely skilled at manipulating others, knowingly or unknowingly.  sometimes when we try to help people we make it easy for them to be irresponsible.

III)    WHAT can we learn from our own track record?

A)      we can use it to face reality, TO SEE WHAT OTHERS SEE and IF NEED BE ask god to change us, OR BETTER GIVE GOD PERMISSION TO CHANGE YOU (THROUGH PEOPLE, CIRCUMSTANCES, HIS WORD, HIS HOLY SPIRIT).

B)       we WILL do & act tomorrow the way we did in the past unless we allow god to change us.

C)       when we evaluate our lives and see things ABOUT OUR LIFE that need changing, we must accept responsibility for our past AND QUIT BLAMING OTHERS AND MAKING EXCUSES

D)      realize that other people will come to know our about past and it can affect our ability to be succeed in life.  if we want to change it will take time and effort and god’s help.

II)      WHAT can we learn from others’ track record?

A)      we cannot merely take people’s word for important matters, without first considering their track record.  (I PERSONALLY STILL BELIEVE IT IS BETTER TO ERROR ON THE SIDE OF MERCY! – PASTOR LEE)

B)       if we are considering a job offer, we should know about the company, the company’s reputation in industry, the reputation of its CEO  & president.

C)       IF WE ARE CONSIDERING BUYING AN EXPENSIVE PRODUCT WE WILL WANT TO TALK TO OTHER OWNERS OF THAT PRODUCT, BUT MAY ALSO CONSULT “CONSUMER REPORTS” OR “THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU” OR THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.

D)      if you are considering getting married we need to ask yourself, “what life style was that person living before you met that person?”  because that is the lifestyle they will tend to live after you are married.  they may promise to change or may have in fact changed, but you should wait for at least a year to see if those changes are real and lasting.  DON’T MARRY A PERSON THINKING THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THEM!

III)    building a strong track record

A)      every person has a track record.  he / she has a track record in relationships, in employment, in how they pay their bills and keep other commitments and in their walk with Christ.

B)       it would be wrong to say that we cannot change.

C)       they author says that he has changed (a lot) and would be disappointed if people judged him today on his past performance.  however, people will not simply take your word for the fact that you have changed.  you must demonstrate it by establishing and maintaining a new track record.

D)      the only way to overcome a poor track record is to prove that you have broken the old patterns of behavior.

IV)     CONCLUSION – there is much more at stake for the christian than just success in this world. we can cause others to turn away from the gospel because of they see us saying one thing and doing another.  we are to walk worthy of the vocation to which we have been called.  we are first and foremost Christians  followers of Christ (or are we)?  this is our primary vocation…following Christ.

life check

ü  have you ever made bad decisions because you trusted someone’s word and didn’t take into account his or her track record?   DOES GOD EVER ASK US TO TAKE RISKS WITH PEOPLE?

ü  what do others say about your track record in relationships, employment or your christian life?

ü  what do you need to do to improve your track record?  HAVE YOU ASKED FOR GOD’S HELP?

SCRITURES RELATING TO TRACK RECORD EXPECTED OF CHRISTIANS

 

1ThESSALONIANS 1:5 – 7:   For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

1Ti 3:1 -6:  If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! 2  But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, 3  not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. 4  He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. 5  For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? 6  He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.

1TiMOTHY: 3:8  – 13:  The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. 9 THEY must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. 10 LET them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. 11 NO exceptions are to be made for women–same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. 12 SERVANTS in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. 13 THOSE who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.

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