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 the ingredients together, in the right quantities and under the right circumstances.
How many of us happen to really think we are mastering our lives? 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 to finish the tasks.
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 our dedication to learning to live life. It is time, effort and commitment we painstakingly put into our own construction that really matters. Very few come close to achieving their 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 building our cathedrals. As we look around at our loved ones and friends, how many of them do we consider to have fully developed potentials? So few of us are really committed to putting it all together.
Looking in the mirror and honestly and seriously appraising ourselves, how many can claim to be giving anything close to their best efforts? Master craftsmen spent lifetimes going to their work sites, day in day out, year-by-year, decade after decade. They were committed to giving everything to building their masterpieces. We are also responsible for giving all we have in becoming our very best. It is our responsibility, job, task, and our calling. Most of us do not take this nearly as seriously as we should. It is what we are here to do. Day in day out, year-by-year and decade by decade, from birth until death, it is what we are to do. We are to build ourselves into the very best we can become. Nothing less than our absolute best is ever really 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 be. Anything less than your very 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.
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 can 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 and help we need.
Prayer: Help me to become that which You intend me to be.