‘…my purpose is to give life in all its fullness.’ John 10:10
Living your fullest life requires three things:
1) A good mentor. Paul writes: ‘Stick with me, friends…’ (Philippians 3:17 TM). Good mentors lead by example; they know that in order to be followed they must first be respected. They carefully tailor their instructions by understanding your strengths and weaknesses; knowing whether you are right-brained creative/intuitive or left-brained analytical. They know whether you learn visually or verbally. They know when you need a pat on the back or a kick in the seat of the pants. If you have such a mentor you’re blessed. If you don’t, ask God for one.
2) Your best effort. Andrew Carnegie said, ‘There’s no use in trying to help people who won’t help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he or she is first willing to climb it.’
3) A little extra. This is the ‘extra mile’ principle Jesus taught (Matthew 5:41). It involves: a) a little extra effort. Art Williams said, ‘You beat 50% of the people by working hard; you beat the other 40% by being a person of honesty…and the last 10% is a dog fight.’ If you want to win that fight, make up your mind to always do a little extra b) extra time. ‘…Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come…’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV).Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who created the memorial to the American Presidents at Mount Rushmore, was asked if he considered his work to be perfect. He supposedly replied, ‘Not today. The nose of President Washington is an inch too long. It’s better that way though. It will erode and be exactly right in 10,000 years.’
till next time,
easy does it 🙂