IMG_0117Endurance, mental and physical ability, durability, resiliency, power, ability to resist or exert force

People do not lack strength, they lack will. Victor Hugo

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. Hal Borland

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. Albert Schweitzer

Strength is normally thought of as physical ability. It is the outward manifestation of an ability to exert power and force through the use of our muscle mass. It requires “paying the price” of hard work, discipline, and continued focus to develop great physical strength. Personal growth and development requires the same kind of efforts to make significant progress in developing our true potential. We must seek it and go after it.

Body builders develop themselves through concentrated and dedicated effort to develop every ounce of muscle mass possible. They endure hard work, pain and sacrifice to develop the power and strength that few ever acquire.  They develop their innate potential. Many of us do not have the desire to shape and sculpt our bodies in a similar fashion. However, we can learn much by their example.

If we were to be measured by a score of one to ten; with one being “totally lethargic” and ten being “highly motivated and self-disciplined”; most of us would score no better than a five. This means that most of us are average in how we are developing our potential. Physically fit individuals are examples of what motivation and discipline do for developing and maintaining strength. Being mentally fit with strength of character, a positive self-image; self-secure, self-disciplined and self-motivated; are attributes and signs of people who score high on personal development and mental growth. These are not satisfied with being average or in being a “wimp”.

Mental strength is like muscle mass, it has to be used, exercised, and stretched to new boundaries in order to grow and become stronger. Many of us are lazy and lethargic when it comes to being committed to personal growth. Through hard work, personal commitment, motivation and self-discipline we can become stronger and more mentally capable. We can become more capable of getting up when we fell down; having more energy, enthusiasm and confidence to take on new challenges; better able to maintain and exercise self-discipline; and have the endurance it takes to assure our future successes. We need these things, to exercise and grow them to become our best. If we put forth the efforts required to develop our true potential, we will leave the status of the “average” behind us. One of the truisms of life is that it gives us what we ask of it. Ask more and get more.

Challenge:  Today and each and every day, you need to grow your “Strength”. You can do this by exercising more self-discipline, being motivated and holding yourself accountable. Take on new challenges. Be willing to fail and be committed to getting back up. Develop a “Can Do” attitude. Get outside your Comfort Zone. Define your goals and aspirations. Using and exercising these things will help you to grow stronger and stronger.

Wisdom:  Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. Elie Wiesel

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Galatians 5:22

God gives us talents and abilities when we are born.  Talents and abilities represent the potential we have within us. In our own strength we are capable of becoming strong and capable in “worldly standards”.  However, we will never reach “true potential” until we allow God to help us truly develop the talents and abilities He gave us. We will be very limited in our own strength and are “unlimited” when we are supplied through God’s strength.

Prayer:   Help me to grow in Strength today!


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