We should all be working to become the best we can become. Randall Burkhalter
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. Liane Cordes
One of the simplest things about all facts of life is that to get where you want to go, you must keep on keeping on. Norman Vincent Peale.
The moment we were born we became a work in progress. Think of it as a piece of marble that is waiting to be sculpted. A work that begins at birth and continues until our death. The task of us becoming a finished sculpture takes our entire lifetime. Our parents are the initial artisans. They had great expectations for what we would become. As the years go by we start taking shape and form, increasingly becoming a one-of-a-kind creation different from anything else. We represent and become the collective result of all the individuals and all other influences that have been a part of our lives from day one. Eventually, we must take over as our own master sculptor. The sculptor’s chisel is placed into our own hands. It is up to us to complete the work.
Michelangelo started with a non-descript block of marble and eventually crafted the magnificent statue of David. We start out in similar fashion. Just as it took Michelangelo a long time to finish his work, we are a work in progress for many years. A work of art is only as good as the raw materials, the artisan and their artistic skills. If we want to complete a beautiful work of art and not a misshaped piece of rock, it takes our painstaking care.
We are responsible for what we become. We will only be as good as the time and effort we put into the process. Our life is ultimately what we make of it. We are responsible for what we do or do not do with all of the opportunities and experiences that come our way. Each of us were born and equipped with certain talents and abilities. Combined with unique background and environmental influences; we represent a most unprecedented creation. When it is all said and done, it does not matter where we come from; what matters is where we are going and what we become as we go there. We are an on-going, never ending work in progress.
It we have high expectations, we will achieve more. If we have low expectations, we achieve less. We get out of life what we put into it. What is vitally important is that our task in life is to finish this work. We are responsible and accountable for and giving our absolute best effort in becoming the best we can become.
Challenge: It is easy to get lost in the complexities of life and lose track of where you are. It is easy for you to forget that you have unfinished business. Start thinking of yourself in this way. Take this responsibility seriously. Have a master plan. Where do you want to take your life? Spend some serious time on this. Those that take their planning seriously tend to succeed, those who do not, seldom succeed. Put your best effort into yourself.
Wisdom: There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures… Josiah Holland.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26.
We are our own work in progress and are responsible for what we do. We are also, God’s work in progress. He has the Master’s plan and is the Master Artisan. He expects us to be good stewards of the life we were given. God knows the great potential within us. He created our great potential. If we will listen to him, he will guide us; enabling and empowering us to become the beautiful creation we were meant to be. We need to work with him.
Prayer: Help me to let go and let you. Mold me and make me into what you want me to be.