After running an evaluation in my heart about past events, achievements, mistakes and plans, I wondered how fulfilled I am at the end of the year. Many may say, “I am fulfilled this year.” Of course you can be fulfilled but if you truly look deep into your heart, you will definitely discover some gray areas.
Thank God for the resolutions we made before the year began; checking back to see how far we have gone will be a pointer to those gray areas. As we plan goals for the new year, let us learn from the 5Cs that made us incapable of achieving some plans for the year just gone by.
While I was meditating on this, I found out reasons why I left some things undone during the year. These reasons will help all and sundry in being more productive in the coming year. Let us journey through these lessons together.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
There is an expected end to the sum total of what we do on earth, and God desires that we should be conscious of it. The true capacity of a product is determined by the manufacturer not by the user. Ever y product we have and use on earth such as our gifts, talents, expertise, wit, dexterity and potentials is given to us by our manufacturer, God.
We are privileged to be users of these products and the ability to use them has been given to us. By His words we know this and by grace we can achieve this. The best a product can do is determined not by the user but by the manufacturer. This requires that we have good knowledge of what God wants us to do per time and also to know how far we have been able to fulfill this.
Quite often, our capacity has been limited by our opinion, experiences and even people’s opinions. Our experiences have made us think that the best we can do is what we experienced some time ago as a result of people’s opinion. Our environment dictates to us the limit of our capacity whereas God has given us an exploit beyond our immediate environment.
The reason why a user does not get the best use of a product is because the user refuses to get necessary information for its use from the manufacturer through the manual. As believers, our manual is the word of God gotten either from Scriptures or directly from the Holy Spirit. Take for instance, you can have a LCD television but think that its only use is to view movies with it. If you desire to behold the capacity of the LCD television, refer to the maual where you will see more features like recording, HD display ad so on.
Many times we are quick to use a product without referring to the manufacturer’s instructional manual and this results in not getting the full capacity of such product. In the same vein, our potentials are not maximized as a result of not going to God to enquire about the capacity He has given to us. As a user of a television set would prefer to go to his neighbours to make enquiries about the use of a TV set without referring to the TV manual, same applies to us. Many times, we do this consciously.
We limit our capacity by the opinion of others and how they go about using their potentials, thus denying the fact that we were created by God to fulfill different purposes.
Every product used without adhering to the instruction of the manufacturer cannot function at its peak. Every product used by the opinion of people will be limited in its capacity. Enlarge your capacity today as you meet up to the expected end of your purpose.
Some time ago, I came across this piece which has helped me overcome my comfort zone. I made it a song:
“I used to have a comfort zone
Where I knew I couldn’t fail;
The same four walls of busy work
Were really more like jail
I longed so much to do the things
I had never done before,
But I stayed inside my comfort zone
And paced the same old floor.
I said it didn’t matter,
That I wasn’t doing much,
I said I didn’t care for things
Like dreams, goals and such.
I claimed to be so busy
With the things inside my zone,
But deep inside me I longed for
Something special of my own.
I couldn’t let my life go by,
Just watching others win.
I held my breath and stepped outside
And let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength
I’d ever felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone “goodbye”
And closed and locked the door.”
If you are in a comfort zone and afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt. A step of faith and the word of God can make your dreams come true. Greet your future with a smile, success is there for you!
Some have made their laptops a comfort zone. They have turned it into a cinema centre. To some, the internet is a comfort zone. All their daily activities are done online without any fruitful result. Remember, time is passing by. What is your comfort zone? What is giving you the comfort that robs you of progress in what you ought to do? Identify them and bid them farewell in this new season.
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves are not wise.” 2 Cor. 10:12
Another factor that hinders a man from maximally fulfilling destiny is comparison. The Scripture above has confirmed that those who compare themselves with others are not wise. We exhibit folly by comparison.
Why measure your life by the progress of others? Why do you feel satisfied with what you have done because those around you haven’t attained your mark? You were limited in achievements because you subscribed to comparison with the people that surround you. You identified the things you do at every point in time by picturing some of your friends who are still down and settled for less.
I was once lost in that valley. I thought I could examine my progress by using what I have done compared to what others have not done. This made me limited, and my pace in doing more was reduced.
Comparison will always leave you falsely satisfied because there is always something you think you have done that others haven’t or something you possess that others don’t. Get rid of thoughts of comparison. Pace yourself like never before and be all that you can be by the effectual working of the grace of God.
Apostle Paul, despite the success he recorded above other apostles, never compared himself with others. He kept pressing for more. He said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me wasn’t in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was upon me.” 1 Cor. 15:10.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Phil. 3:13.
Apostle Paul realized the need of pressing forward. Don’t look back at the things you have achieved, press on for more. The grace to labour abundantly is upon you.
“True success is not measured by how much you have done or accomplished compared to what others have done or accomplished; true success is what you have done compared to what you could have done. In other words, living to the maximum is competing with oneself. Success is satisfying your own personal passion and the pursuit of personal excellence.” Myles Munroe
When you start comparing yourself to the people around you, it signals that progress is about to end.
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fail.” 2 Peter 1:10
How you will go is proportional to how you will act on the reality of your conquest. The Bible says that a man that is faithfully committed ad diligent to his work will stand before kings and not mean men (paraphrased, Prov. 22:29).
Give diligence to your work. Lack of commitment can hinder the effective manifestation and development of one’s gifts, talents, abilities, skills, etc. and in the long run, success cannot be achieved; thus leading to lack of fulfillment.
Don’t be tossed about by every wind of activity. Stay committed to your God-given visions and goals, being open to the dynamic leading of the Spirit of God per time. “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Anon. The Bible says, “…write the vision, make it plain…that he may RUN with it…” Ha 2:2
A committed person runs doggedly with his visions and goals. An athlete does not run haphazardly to the finish line. Discipline yourself to be on the right track in the new year. Despite temptations to give in and give up, stay committed.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 15:58.
It’s not just enough to have a long list of resolutions. Resolutions are like babies crying in the church- they need to be carried out.
Complaining and grumbling prevent you from seeing the blessings in a situation. Most times, blessings are not disguised but self-centred, egoistic, pessimists refuse to maximize opportunities in which the blessings are contained. The Bible says, “Do everything without complaining or grumbling.”
Many people will spend a great part of 2016 complaining about failures and insufficiencies of 2015 and even years far gone without moving ahead into the brilliant future 2016 holds for us.
A complainant is an ingrate. A complainant refuses to count the blessings of God. Refuse to be a complainant.
Time spent complaining should be used in thanksgiving, praise and worship to our God, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Complaints are usually borne out of insatiability and insatiability leads to covetousness.
In the new year, make up your mind to be appreciative of even the tiniest good things people do. People function more effectively when their efforts are appreciated. Stop complaining about the wrong things people are doing and be gracious to them about the things they are getting right.
Relationships slowly fade away when you are always complaining of one thing or the other. And we all know we need one another to live successful lives. People want you to see the best they’ve got. So why not stop complaining and start praising the good in others.
Don’t just love the work people do for you. Love the people who get the work done. Let people know they are loved. Appreciate their sacrifices and most importantly, try to understand their actions before casting the stone of complaints at them.
Like stained glass, our different personalities reflect God’s light in many colours and patterns. And if I may add, do yourself a whole lot of good and spare yourself the stress of nagging. A joyful heart is a healthy heart.
HAVE A BLESSED 2016 full of God’s love and blessings.
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