“Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!” – Mark 9:23 (AMP)
Various men and women through out history has proved to us that limitations exist only in the mind and that a properly and adequately trained mind can do what so many can only dream of. All around us today are inventions that were deemed to be impossible to achieve several years ago.
Being able to use your imagination and to exercise great determination in your endeavors can take you to places; you become a person with limitless possibilities. Look! A man becomes limited in his abilities and imaginations the moment he thinks he is.
” [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authorityů, and the completion of His work]” – Hebrews 12:2 (AMP)
With so many distractions in the world today, focusing on the things that matter tend to become challenging at times. However, setting one’s eyes on the right things counts alot, it determines the progress and achievements that one will make in life.
One’s time, money and efforts go in the direction of the things that he looks at and on the thoughts that he thinks about. For instance, if you happen to harbour certain negative thoughts in your mind for a while, the more you will practice experiencing that negative scenario. And if you continually ponder over it will begin to have a toll on your life. You will start to look at yourself and at things around you throught the lenses of that negativity. Furthermore, you may start to undermine your own abilities, you will see whatever you do as being not good enough and also that you can never excel in life.
Paul the Apostle writes in Philippians 4:8 is [Tlb] “And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.“
“Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward.” – Hebrew 10:35 (AMP)
We live in an age of fast things; fast cars, fast Internet, fast food, the list goes on. The influence of such is great such that we wish that everything around us moved like movie in fast forward motion. However, life doesn’t happen like fairy tales. To achieve our dreams and goals, patience and self control is mandatory.
Educating oneself to be patient and confident can sometimes be hard but it’s worth it. Once you cultivate these virtues you can easily apply them to every goal or project that you can get your hands on. Yes, if you can manage to exercise patience in one venture, you can also express it in another one.
“Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.” – Warren Buffet, Billionaire Investor.
Success and wealth reflects one’s personality. For instance, if you love financing the gospel you will do that alot when you become more richer. And if your character is flawed somewhere, people will see more it when you attain to stardom, you can’t easily hide it when you are on top.
“No! For unless you are honest in small matters, you won’t be in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” – Luke 16:10 (TLB)
This vividly clarifies why a man’s faithfulness in little matters much before God, if you are faithful in little things God will later on trust you with more. Furthermore, He values one’s character more than his ability.
Naturally, everyone is creative, no single person comes into this world dumb and mediocre. Everyone has a unique edge. However, our differences in creativity depends much on how harder and smarter we work in our respective fields and also our determination to take our skills to take the next level. While others may take practice time as leasure time, we take it as preparation time. Professional athletes knows this very well; they know that whatever happens at practice happens also at games.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal” – Matthew 6:20 (AMP)
We live in a culture where a person’s worth is determined by his bank balance and utility rather than his personality and the state of his character. As far as its good to make a name for oneself and secure all the success that you can possibly achieve, you will never have a sense of satisfaction and completion in your life.
Not everything matters, it’s not everything that we can get our hands that has an eternal value. It is those that things that we do for God that matters in eternity. It’s very paramount that we learn to connect everything that we do to God.
“And I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all” – Ecclesiastes 9:11
The society tends to look at those on top as the lucky ones; it believes that success is a product of sheer lucky. Thats far from the truth. The Wisdom of God in the passage above expressly shows us that every person on earth meets time and chance (opportunity).
There’s no single person who is devoid of opportunities and time. At various phases of our lives we come face to face with opportunities that can take us to places. Whether we recognise them and take advantage of them or not is determined by our response and readiness at the time.
Some utilise the time they have and the opportunities that come their way, and they become successful