Don’t Give Up – Part Three

Let this profound thought ruminate mentally.

All that the Father was to the Son —
the Son wants to be to you.

Once you trust the Son
as the Son trusted the Father, then 
He becomes to you what the Father was to Him.

Once this happens then the believer has an internal, eternal supply of extraordinary strength.

Everyone faces three foreboding opposing giants that must be confronted.

First, is insecurity. Feeling our own personal limits we tend to think so does everyone else. Unchecked it grows to the point we feel we have a sign hung around our neck listing our liabilities. In reality nobody knows your liabilities like you.   

Strange as it may seem they don’t care. Being preoccupied with your liabilities you put greater limitations on yourself. Break the bonds of your limitations. Remember, “… God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1: 7)

Competition is the second giant confronted. Expect competition. Let it motivate you to be and become your very best. Don’t let your competition set your standards. Be the genuine you, the one and only you. Don’t be a cheap blurred copy of someone else. 

Disapproval is Goliath, the foremost giant. No one likes it, everyone gets it sooner or later. Most often sooner than later. Be candid, if you deserve it learn from it. If you don’t deserve it, learn to love more because of it. Don’t let the fear of it freeze you into inactivity. If you fear to try you have because of the fear of failure you have cast yourself into an inoperative role.

Understood and properly responded to, it can be one of the best things to happen to you.

An older administrator said to a younger staff member he didn’t know a thing about administration and if he didn’t learn he wasn’t going to make it. Years later he related how he went back to his office, pounded the desk, and said, “That man, that man …. was right.”

He related this in his office. Turning to the bookshelves behind him he said these are books on administration. He had grown to be known as the dean of his profession …. and a very good one. He was smart enough to learn from criticism.

Learn to never let criticism defeat you. Let it nudge you to better performance.  “Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)