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!

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Go all out!!

go all out 2A while back, Hardee’s had a tagline in their commercials, “If you’re gonna go, go all out!” One of those commercials pictures a grandmother with her grandson sitting on the front porch swing looking at a family photo album. With each page turn, the grandson asks, “Who is that?” and the grandmother tells stories about that particular family member.

Eventually, they come to a page where the Grandmother gives a different answer. “That was your uncle Henry.  When we were kids, your uncle Henry was playing hide-and-go-seek with the rest of us kids right here in this yard. For some reason, your Uncle Henry was never found. Nobody ever knew what happened to him.”

About that time this old guy jumps out from underneath the front porch and dances around shouting, “I win! I win!”
The voiceover announces, “If you’re gonna, go all out!”

That is a good philosophy for life. “If you’re gonna go, go all out!” Do not pittle your life away. Never settle, live with enthusiasm, and turn the world upside down!

Never settle for what life hands you. Instead, go out and get it.go_all_out_twit

Do not settle for a mediocre marriage, put forth the effort to have an extraordinary marriage.

Do not settle for a mediocre job. Have a job that fits your abilities and passions (sometimes this means changing jobs, sometimes this means changing you) and creates a strong sense of fulfillment in you.

Do not settle for a mediocre faith, fall radically in love with the one who is radically in love with you…Jesus!

Do not settle for a mediocre life, live a life full of passion and purpose that is a full life; an abundant life; a real, eternal life and a more and better life than you ever dreamed of! Live life to the fullest!

Live with enthusiasm! Live life in such a way that you cannot wait to get up in the morning and experience your day. Make the most of every moment. This day is your day, make it the best day ever!

Turn the world upside down! Do something that makes a positive difference in the world. Give of
your time, your talents, and your treasure (money). This is how we turn the world upside down! Living life to the fullest is not about being self-indulgent, it is about being self-sacrificing. It is about seeking ways to please God and help other people.

When you discover what your passion and purpose are and understand the talents God has given you then use those for God’s glory.

It is not about you. It is about God and what he wants us to do with what he has given us.

If you are gonna go, go all out! Do not hold anything back. Leave it all on the field. Live in such a way that at the end of your life you can say, “It is finished.” For there are no sadder words than these, “What might have been?”

How are you “going all out?”

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