In our lives, have you ever noticed that we often self impose limitations upon ourselves thereby diminishing our God given capacity?
We find excuses based on social judgements, our age, our physical characteristics, or we discredit our own intellectual potential. This can occur for a variety of reasons. The following two reasons occur most frequently:
Our environment- One who is passionately pursuing excellence often suffers when their environment is in turmoil, is negative and condemning, and those in our fellowship often shoot arrows at every accomplishment we make.
We believe the lie: Negative judgements imposed upon us can be some of the most destructive agents in our lives.
We begin to believe statements such as “you are not good enough, smart enough, old/young enough, or there’s no way you could ever do that.” We begin to listen to the voice of doubt and negativity rather than listen to the inner voice within.
And anyone that offers encouragement to us is greatly appreciated but then we return our focus again on the lie. That we could never achieve our God given potential.
Let us consider the voice of reason rather than the lies and the voice of doubt. God has a specific purpose for our lives and has many opportunities for us along the road of life.
We often fail to reach this potential when we listen to the world rather than the one who made us. God gave His Son Jesus in the ultimate act of servant leadership to equip us:
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
God gave us His word to equip us for every good work:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We have been given the potential, the resources, and the ultimate advocate. We must then look at our lives and determine our window of opportunity.
Young Leaders: Are you young and passionate but people look down upon you because of your age?
Mature Leaders: Are you in your 40’s, well trained, zealous for your passion but others discredit you?
Senior Advisor: Are you in your 50’s and 60’s and have spent your life learning, training, and educating others? You are a priceless commodity and your wisdom should be shared. Your life experiences are a living testimony that can inspire others
Elder: Are you in the golden years of your life? These years should be cherished and others should be seeking you out for your wisdom that has been earned through trials, loss, hard work, and tribulation.
What window of opportunity is before you right now?
Will you allow the negativity of others to diminish your passion because they secretly long be like you but lack the courage?
Will you move forward into the ring while others dwell in the gray twilight of indecision?
Will you get up after being knocked down and stare adversity boldly in the eye?
We are “more than conquerors” and “in this world we will have tribulation” but “all things work together for good for those who love God” as we know that Jesus has a plan and hope for us if we would “be strong and courageous” enough to follow Christ when others fall away.
Andy J. Starnes