You Could Be Great!

Zig Ziglar QuoteDid anyone ever tell you that you could be great? That’s what we secretly hope for isn’t it? That, in spite of what we see on the outside, we have within us what Zig Ziglar calls “seeds of greatness.”

Maybe that inner yearning is why I get all teary-eyed whenever I see this dog food (yep, dog food) commercial. Because I don’t know about you but, most days, the only greatness I see in myself a very great fear that I might not ever live up to my full potential. That my greatest success might be that I end up being the greatest failure ever!

In truth, the greatest failure ever would be to become a victim of that lie. To let myself be defined by past mistakes and let them keep me from fulfilling God’s purposes for my life.

John Newton, former slave trader turned preacher of the gospel once said, “Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was.”

Here’s what I know. God sees our striving and He understands our weaknesses but He longs for us to rest in the knowledge that we are His children, made in His image. Which means we are, in fact, endowed with seeds of greatness. We’re just works in progress.

And that progress may seem slow-going. But, as followers of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us – giving us the power to do great things.

Indeed, inside every good person, is a great person! And no matter what we have been, God knows what we could be. That’s why He never gives up on us, and why we shouldn’t either.

So forget trying to be good. Let’s just go ahead and be great!

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
1 John 3:2

For further reading and contemplation:

John 14:16-17
Acts 1:8
John 14:12

Do Something!

“You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale 

He’s right. Mr. Peale knows what he’s talking about. I say this because I have experienced it myself. The lethargy that comes from trying to live a small, safe life.

I know what it’s like to stick to a comfortable routine, covering the same ground over and over, going nowhere. That’s how you fall into a rut. And the only way to get out of it is to stop doing the same, old thing and start doing something new.

So I’ve decided to stretch myself a bit. To get out of my comfort zone and commit to participating in Blog Month for Compassion. In September, I will join other bloggers as we “unite on behalf of children in poverty.”

The goal? To help find sponsors for at least 3,108 children in need.

Are you like me? Have you been looking for a new challenge, for “something bigger than yourself” to ignite and energize you?  Ask God to show you what that is. Then go “Do Something”. 

Maybe you’ll even decide to join us?
Join the Compassion Blogger Network

You Have To Start Somewhere

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”  Mark Twain

I love this quote because it is just so practical. It reminds the perfectionist in me that I don’t have to do it all, be it all or know it all to succeed. I just have to do the first thing. And then the next thing until I accomplish whatever it is I want done.

I am inspired by people that accomplish what they set out to do. That may be because I have a history of stopping before I get started. I often convince myself that the job is too big to tackle. That maybe I’m not equipped, prepared, or talented enough to do this, that or the other.

The Pastor’s sermon this weekend was about the story in Acts 3 of the Apostle Peter healing the lame beggar. The man who was lame from birth was given much more than the couple of coins he must have been expecting when Peter looked at him and spoke these words:

 “Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.” Acts 3:6-8

The congregation was challenged to do what we can, to give what we have, to take the first small step towards making a difference in someone’s life.

Are you like me? Do you languish so long over the details of how to get to the finish line that you never get off the starting block?

We may not have all the answers but one thing is sure.

We are not alone.

“…since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2a

It’s a daunting task. To think about running a race, or doing anything for that matter, when your legs won’t work and you’re carrying a load of fear, guilt, shame … (insert whatever may be weighing you down here).

And when it comes to our own strength and ability, aren’t we all like that lame beggar?
 
Yes, but there is hope yet for the weary and weak! And that hope is in Jesus. Our healer. The One who hears our cries for help, looks us in the eyes, takes us by the hand and says, “Walk”.

Lord, whatever task we face today, whether it be in the spiritual or physical realm, may we remember to call on your power to get us started. Then, I pray you would help us run our race with endurance. Run and finish well.

Linking up with On Your Heart Tuesdays.