Cultivate your own capabilities. . . . Enjoy being you! (Charles Swindoll, author)
Swindoll illustrates his point: “Rabbits don’t fly. Eagles don’t swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don’t have feathers. . . . Stop comparing. There’s plenty of room in the forest.” One of life’s problems for many people is comparing themselves with others and envying some trait or ability they wished they had. But God created each us differently. Be happy about it.
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. (Romans 12:6)
Your career is what you’re paid for; your purpose is what you’re made for. (Zig Ziglar)
Do you know people who are successful but unhappy in their job? They’re working this job only for the paycheck. Going to the office, school, or factory is a dreaded chore, and they can hardly wait for retirement. Ziglar suggests that if we can determine what our real purpose is, we could have a career we really love.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4)
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. (George Washington)
Though we celebrated President’s Day a few days ago, today is the actual anniversary of Washington’s natal day. His comments range from the political to the everyday facets of life. Speaking of friendship, he further said, “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? . . . A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. (Proverbs 20:6; 17:17)
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. (Elbert Hubbard, 19th-20th century author, publisher)
It is difficult to keep up with new technology appearing almost daily. No sooner do we get a new device or app and a new and better one is being promoted. The gadgets or ideas we once thought were impossible are being developed almost every day. In days of such swift change, we need something solid and permanent to hold onto to maintain our peace of mind.
[God] set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (Psalm 40:2) Jesus: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. (Matthew 7:24)
Position may give you power to control, but trust will give you permission to lead. (Dave Adamson, author)
In today’s society we have seen what people with too much control have done to destroy confidence in their leadership. As Lord Acton famously said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The leader who leads in a demonstration of integrity and character will not only gain the trust of his people, but he will have their support in following him.
The trustworthy person will get a rich reward. (Proverbs 28:20)
It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t. (Martin Van Buren, 8th U.S. President)
Have you ever tried to shortcut a task or simply didn’t do it because it was too difficult? Did you then find yourself in the very worrisome place of having to explain why the results were less than satisfactory? Van Buren was right, as we all have probably discovered. It’s so much better just to give our best effort to do the job right. Whatever the result, we’ll know we did our best.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)
True discernment means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. (Sinclair Ferguson, author and preacher)
Many people today would not remember Sears and Roebuck catalogs. Most products were listed by categories: good, better, and best. The choice was up to the buyer. There’s a lot in life like that. We can settle for something that’s good, passing over options that are better. Our choices should always be for the very best we can be or do.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1)
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. (Fred DeVito, physical trainer)
DeVito was probably thinking of people who want to get into better physical condition through exercise and training. But the principle can be applied to many other areas of life. Take education, for example. If learning comes easy, you may not pursue deeper concepts, because that would take some concerted effort. Are you up for a challenge today?
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)
Readers are leaders. (Breakpoint)
Reading is an essential skill for successful learning. Volumes of wisdom have been written over the centuries, but that wisdom remains hidden to those who either can’t or won’t read. Technology has sometimes hindered learning because we can access so much at lightning speed. Take time to digest the knowledge of the ages by careful reading.
Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture. (1 Timothy 4:13)
If you want to be successful, know what you’re doing, love what you’re doing, and believe in what you are doing. (Will Rogers, 20th century humorist)
Three easy steps to success, according to Rogers. But, sometimes we may have to really work hard to figure out what it is we’re supposed to be doing. To fully understand our responsibility may not always be that simple. And sometimes, we don’t really like the task given to us. But Rogers is no doubt right; we must learn to believe our work is really worthwhile.
My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task [God] has given me. (Acts 2:24)