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Find a quiet place and work through these questions yourself, or get a friend, family member, or spouse, and work through them together.


Message Notes and Highlights

  • Far better than just knowing what’s next or waiting for what’s next is being prepared for what’s next.
  • What we do in the gap between right now and what’s next matters.
  • Read James 1:22-25.
  • “But those who look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continue in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
    James 1:25
  • If you want to be prepared for something greater later, then start applying what Jesus teaches to your life right now.
  • “Your talent will take you places, but your character will keep you there.”
  • In the moment of your life you regret most, your hair might have been awesome, but your choices weren’t.
  • Applying truth to your life now will lead to freedom in your life later. You don’t know it initially, but you will experience it eventually.

Discussion Questions

  1. What’s the biggest life transition you’ve been through or are currently facing?
  2. We all have different ways of dealing with a looming transition. When you know a big change is coming, or a big change is necessary, how do you usually handle that? Are you the type of person who shrugs and says, “I’ll figure it out when it gets here.” Do you get anxious? Do you try to plan the details? Do you ignore it altogether?
  3. In James 1:22-23, James warns us about listening to the word/teaching and then ignoring what we’ve heard. It’s like looking in the mirror and forgetting what we saw. Is there any area of your personal development or character that you’ve ignored or put off even though you know God has been nudging you to address it? Consider your relationships, behavior, attitudes, money, time, etc.
  4. Someone once told Kent, “Your talent will take you places, but your character will keep you there.” What do you think about that statement?
  5. “Applying truth to your life now will lead to freedom in your life later. You don’t know it initially, but you will experience it eventually.” Do you agree with that? How have you seen that play out in your life, for better or worse?
  6. What’s one thing you can begin to do now that will pay off for you later?

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