Best efforts will not substitute for knowledge. W. Edwards Demming
Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. Emile Coue
A successful life is like baking a cake, getting all the ingredients together, in the right quantities and under the right circumstances. Randall Burkhalter
How many of us happen to think we have mastered our loves? We know better. Anyone who has not come to this realization has significant problems. A wise adage proclaims the more we know the more we know that we do not know. It is true the more we grow and develop into better versions of ourselves, the more we can see how much more we need to grow and develop. It is amazing, the more we open our eyes the better we see.
There are great cathedrals, castles, temples and palaces located all over the planet. Many of these required multiple generations of master craftsmen to design, construct and to finish. Each effort was monumental and noble; requiring vision and determination, both to undertake as well as the dedication required finishing the task.
Each of us has some similarities to these great manmade masterpieces. We start life basic and non-descript. What we become is greatly influenced by how we learn to live life. It is the time, effort and commitment we painstakingly put into our own construction that matters most. Very few of us come close to achieving our true potential. The older we get the more we realize we are falling short and need more commitment and dedication to do a better job of personal artisanship. As we look around at loved ones and friends, how many of them do we consider to have fully developed their potential? So few of us are really committed to putting it all together.
If we look in the mirror and honestly appraise ourselves, how many can claim to be giving anything close to becoming their best? Master craftsmen spent lifetimes going to their work sites, day in day out, year-by-year, decade after decade. They were committed to giving their all to building their masterpieces. We are responsible for giving the same kind of effort in building ourselves. It is our job, our task, our calling and our responsibility. Most do not take this nearly as seriously as they should. It is what we are here to do. Day in day out, year-by-year and decade after decade, from our birth until our death, it is what we are to do. We are to build ourselves into the best we can become. Nothing less than such a commitment is acceptable. It is why we are here.
Challenge: Do you take yourself for granted? Do you take better care of your car, house, lawn and other things than you do yourself? The absolute most important asset you have is yourself. The number one task and responsibility you have is to become the best you can become. Anything less than your best, is unacceptable. You cannot judge yourself by comparison to others. You must strive to be the best person you can become.
Wisdom: Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. James Allen
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. 2 Pt 1:5
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps 32:8
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Prov 4:18
God is the master craftsmen and architect of the universe. His creative genius is displayed in each of us. He put raw material, great potential, talents and abilities into each of us. We must take ownership and responsibility for the task of finishing what he has started. We will never become all he designed us to be without asking him and allowing him to show us how to finish the job. He will teach us and give us the knowledge we need.
Prayer: Help me to become that which you intend me to be.