You may have heard the tale about the duel between the tortoise and the hair at some point in your life. The two parties were in a race contest and one had natural ability (hare) while the other did not (tortoise.) To cut a long story short the hare lost the contest because he became complacent because he thought that his natural ability was sufficient. The tortoise was diligent and put in the necessary effort to win.
While having talent gives you an advantage over your contemporaries it is not a guarantee that you will be successful. You may want to read the book review, “Talent is Never Enough” where I talk about this concept. You have to be diligent at what you are doing. More importantly in these difficult times that we are living today working together as a team has greater impact than working in isolation. There is power in agreement that can change the entire course of your life and the community around you,
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on anything on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” ~ Matthew 18:19-20
Consider these two things as you pursue doing effective work:
1. Determine to Give Maximum Effort
There is always a feeling of satisfaction when you do all that you are able to do with what you have at your disposal. Very importantly is the need to focus on what you do have and not what you don’t have. When you make effective use of the things at your disposal you will be amazed at how much you can do which will also attract the other resources that you need.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10
Make every effort to live your best life now because you never know how much longer you will be on this earth.
2. Partner up with like-minded people
When Nehemiah was called to rebuild the walls of the temple of Jerusalem he rallied the children of Israel to that common cause. In spite of massive opposition from their enemies they completed the wall in record time of fifty-two days,
“So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.” ~ Nehemiah 6: 15-16
Your efforts alone can only accomplish so much. Your efforts combined with other people’s efforts do not have an additional effect but a multiplication effect. There is so much power in working together with a common cause. Even so when the church becomes as Jesus prayed we would be many lives will be saved and glory will go to the Lord.
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Be all you can be!