Decide, and Take Action
Every accomplishment starts with a decision. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny. Jesus gave us the parable of a businessman who gave one employee ten talents to invest, and he doubled them. A second employee received five talents, and he doubled them too. A third employee got one talent, but he buried it. Afraid of losing it, he failed to take even a modest risk.‘“You bad and lazy servant!” his master said. “You knew, did you, that I reap harvests where I did not plant, and gather crops where I did not scatter seed?”’(Matthew 25:26 GNT) The Bible says‘…we walk by [the eye of] faith, not by [natural] sight.’(2 Corinthians 5:7 NJKV) Unless you’re willing to take prayed-over, carefully-considered and well-advised risks, you’re not operating in faith. And‘…without faith it is impossible to please Him…’(Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) Jesus ended His parable saying,‘…everyone who has will be given more…Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.’(Matthew 25:29 NIV) Your goal should be to maximise the investment on everything you do. It means putting all your eggs in God’s basket (don’t worry, He won’t drop them!) To get more, you must use what God’s already given you. When you step out in faith, God moves, and extraordinary things happen. John Mason says: ‘Not what wehavebut what weuse, not what weseebut what wechoose—these are the things that spoilor bless human happiness.’ When you limit what youwilldo, you limit what youcando. Think: if you don’t act now, what will it ultimately cost you?
Strive for Progress, Not Perfection
Have you any idea how often the people you admire got it wrong, half right, almost right, before they got it right? Making mistakes is the unenjoyable, unavoidable part of making progress. That’s why Paul said,‘…It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.’(Philippians 3:1 NIV) He understood that you have tokeephearing and doing it in order to get it right.
Stop comparing yourself with others. The Bible says,‘…When they measure themselves by themselves…they are not wise.’(2 Corinthians 10:12 NIV) Some of us are given five talents, some two, and some one. Your talents, not your wishes, determine your potential. One-talent people who make the most of what they’ve been given receive the same ‘well done’ as five-talent people. The person who gets into trouble is the one who’s afraid to take the risk; their biggest mistake is their unwillingness to make a mistake! Dr. John Maxwell says that your performance depends on your commitment to practice. ‘Consistently good practice leads to consistently good play. It sharpens your talent. Successful people understand this…and develop the discipline to do it.’ If you want to sum up what lifts most successful individuals above the crowd, you could do it in these four words:a little bit more. Successful people do what’s expected of them—plus a little bit more. So, the word for you today is—strive for progress, not perfection!
Courtesy: UCB, TWFT, MOHN