If You Want to Truly Climb to Your God-Given Potential, Never Settle

In 1 Thessalonians 4:1, Paul says to the church in Thessalonica; “Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact, you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more” (NIV). Notice how Paul commends them on what they have done and are currently doing and then he encourages and “urges” them to do “more and more”. Paul did not want them to become common or too comfortable in their God-pleasing lives. He encouraged them to keep growing.popeye5

I wrote in yesterday’s blog about how the enemy of the great is the good. Sometimes we become so satisfied with how good we are that we never reach our greatness. Craig Valentine puts it this way, “Are you too good to be great?”

popeye3Bill Hybels talks about having a “Holy discontent for the status quo.” Hybels started Willow Creek Community Church in the 1970’s with a group of enthusiastic young people and no money. Now Willow Creek is one of the largest churches in the world. Bill Hybels’ whole desire was to reach people with the gospel and connect them to Jesus. Hybels also talks about having your Popeye popeyemoment. Your Popeye moment is when you finally say, “That’s all I can stands, ’cause I can’t stands no more!” This is the point at which things must change. You have developed a Holy discontent for the status quo.

popeye2Waylon Jennings, after finishing an album, was asked if he was satisfied with the album. His response, “If I ever become satisfied with an album then I am finished as a country singer.” Jennings seemed to be indicating that no matter how good an album was he was never quite satisfied. He continued to look for ways to make the next one even better.

popeye4My dad used to build bird houses. I can remember, as a kid, he would spend what seemed like hours continuing to work on a bird house that already looked perfect to me. He would continue to look for blemishes and imperfections until he could get it just right.

What do Paul, Craig Valentine, Bill Hybels, Waylon Jennings, and my dad all have in common? They never settled! They never said that is good enough. They kept working on their craft. They celebrated their accomplishments but they never allowed their accomplishments to cause them to just be satisfied. They continued to improve. They never settled!

Never settle! If you want to truly climb to your God-given potential then never settle. Celebrate your victories and accomplishments, and then look at how you can climb to the next level. God is not done with you… so never settle!

Do you have a story of someone who never settled?


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4 Questions To Ask Before Taking Action

“Everyone gets an idea in the shower, but the successful ones get out of the shower, dry off, and do something about it” (Nolan Bushnell, inventor of Atari).Image result for take action images

Successful people take action. People who reach their God-given potential take action. Not only do they take action they take focused action and they make corrections along the way.

There is a purpose behind every action they take. When that action no longer serves the purpose then they adjust the action to better serve the purpose.

Remember this acronym, FACE:

Focus: People who reach their God-given potential are focused. They have a specific idea of what they want to accomplish and they move in that direction.

Action: They take action! They are not ones to sit around and wonder what they should do next. They are people who are consistently getting up and going to work toward their God-given purpose.

Image result for change direction imagesCorrection: They take notice of what is working and what’s not and they make adjustments accordingly. These people know how to evaluate whether their actions are taking them closer to their God-given potential or farther away.

Example: One of the best ways to know what to do to reach your God-given potential is to find someone who is in a similar place to where you want to be and find out what they did to get there. Then do the same thing. This will speed up your process so you do not have to make all the mistakes yourself. You can learn from the mistakes of others.

Ask yourself these 4 questions as you journey toward your God-given potential:

  • What is God wanting me to accomplish? What is my God-given purpose?
  • What action do I need to take immediately to move me closer to that purpose or end?
  • What adjustments do I need to make to better serve my purpose?
  • Who is where I want to be and what can I learn from them


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to reach their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message.

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