We should always strive to become better in life. We should never become
accustomed to a situation when we know in our hearts that we are meant for
more. Striving for excellence, reaching for greater heights, having a
deep hunger to better ourselves are proven ways to reach the goals and
desires that are deep within our hearts. Many times we feel like giving
up on our dreams and we stop pursuing the goals that were once so evident
in our hearts because of the trials and tribulations of life. We become
discouraged because of our financial situation, our failing health, our
family obligations, etc. We place our betterment on hold because we
believe the lie that this is our lot in life and that more is not meant
for us. What we must remind ourselves is that God is able to help us
reach greater heights than we can even think or imagine, but we have to
take the initiative and start trying to reach them. We have to believe in
ourselves again just as God believes in us and do the things that are
necessary to bring our dreams into reality. If that means studying more,
exercising more, working more, sacrificing more or practicing more, then
we should do it with all diligence. We can't expect results to simply fall
into our laps. Hard work is necessary in any endeavor to reach excellence.
We will be successful when we are diligent. A popular quote says “The
early bird catches the worm.” In other words, we have to work hard in
order to realize our dreams. We may have to get up early and stay up late,
but if we stick with it, in time progress will come and our dreams will be
realized. I encourage you to believe in yourself. Don't let your years
go by without trying your best in life. Do not settle for mediocrity,
but reach for the greatest heights possible. The Lord who has created us
has instilled greatness within our being, but it is up to us to reach for
greatness. We have to believe for ourselves before any results are seen.
If you are finding yourself stuck, I encourage you to seek the Lord in
prayer and ask for His guidance to lead you to your next level. The Lord
is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or even
think. Believe Him and strive to reach every desire that is within your heart.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to continually
strive to become better in life. When we believe that we are meant for
greatness, the Lord will help to make it true.
HOW THIRSTY ARE YOU?
A man had an operation, and the doctor, by mistake, left a sponge in him.
A friend asked him if he had any pain because of it. “No,” said the man,
“but I sure do get thirsty.”
Isn't it wonderful when we get thirsty - not for water, but thirsty to
chase a dream or to do something different? I think it is those people who
crave something with an unquenchable thirst who, in the end, are likely to
be most satisfied with their lives.
Author Napoleon Hill said, “Desire is the starting point of all
achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which
transcends everything.” He is really talking about a deep thirst.
Alan C. Elliott tells in his book A Daily Dose of the American Dream about
a five-year study that was undertaken to discover what made some people
extraordinarily successful. The study consisted of detailed research into
the lives of 120 of the nation's top artists, athletes, and scholars.
He reports that the researcher was surprised to find that natural abilities
played only a small part in the development of those individuals. As
children, these unusually successful adults were often mediocre musicians,
athletes or students. But research found that they possessed a powerful
thirst to succeed. They practiced the piano for hours every day, rose well
before school in the morning to practice swimming or running, or spent
huge chunks of time alone (time they could have spent hanging out with
friends) working on science projects or painting.
Parental support was also a key factor. Parents of these extraordinarily
thirsty young people helped out, exposing their children to great ideas
and influential persons. Many sacrificed to ensure that their offspring
received good training. But in the end, it was their children's thirst and
single-mindedness that made the difference.
The principle applies to adults, too. If you want to be more successful,
the question you might first ask yourself is, “How thirsty am I?” Your
success in any field you choose, anything you want to be or anything you
want to do will hinge on your answer to that simple question.
How thirsty are you?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “...Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them
that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the
Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who
hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time
past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in
the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Psalm 118:4-6 “Let them now that fear the LORD say, that His mercy
endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered
me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE ROAD
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HOW GOD USED CANCER TO BLESS ME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry