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Life At Its Best: Keep working at it

By By Jim Graff
Aug. 23, 2013 at 3:23 a.m.


Life has its good days and its bad days, but sometimes, the bad seem to outweigh the good. In these seasons, it's easy to become frustrated by our lack of progress. We know we want to move forward, but we don't know what steps to take in order to reach our full potential.

It's sort of like setting up a new piece of equipment. I realized this not long ago after purchasing a new gadget for my car. It looked pretty complicated to operate, but I was sure I could put it together.

So I tossed the instructions aside and went to work. After nearly an hour, I'd made little to no progress. Finally, I decided to give the manual a chance.

As I studied it, everything began to make sense. I saw the changes I had to make in order for the gadget to work properly. It took time and major patience on my part, but as I followed the instructions, things began to fall into place. Little by little, I made progress, and in the end was able to benefit from the gadget's full potential.

Like that gadget, our lives have great potential, but unfortunately, we don't always know how to bring it forth. We try our own solutions, such as getting better jobs or entering new relationships. But they often fail to lead to the outcomes we desire.

Thankfully, our Creator didn't leave us to figure out life on our own. He's given us His Word as an instruction manual. As we follow it, we'll begin to benefit from living His full potential for our lives.

One of those instructions is found in 2 Corinthians 4:16, in which we're commanded to "refuse to lose heart." This can be challenging. It's easy to grow discouraged and to feel like we'll never reach the places God has called us to. In our discouragement, we must remember that He's not after perfection; He's after progress.

So the first thing we must do is get in His Word and allow Him to show us areas of our life that need improvement. Secondly, we should strive to get better every day.

Sure, we'll still mess up, but we can't let that stop us. Instead, we must continue renewing ourselves in Him as we work progressively toward the picture He has for our lives.

Then, we should repeat regularly what we want our hearts to believe. There'll be days we don't feel like we can be who God's asking us to be.

People or circumstances will try to convince us that we can't live up to His potential for our lives. In those times, we must speak over ourselves what He says about us. And continue to speak it even when we don't feel it.

God has placed amazing potential inside of you. So don't give up on it! Consistently study and apply His Word. Continue to believe and speak His truth over your life. Make decisions today that will lead to better tomorrows.

Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria, email him at faithfamilyvictoria.com.

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