Build on your strengths

2022-01-25
1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

Your success isn’t found in your similarity to others, but in your difference. Instead of comparing yourself with somebody else and competing with them, try to discover your point of God-given difference, for that’s where you will excel. Singer Pearl Bailey said, “There are two kinds of talent, man-made and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.”

Paul writes, “God has…given each of us different gifts” (Romans 12:6 CEV). Would you rather fight to develop skills where you have a small natural gift, or run with the talent God has given you to find out where it takes you? Dreams don’t come true because you do something well every once in a while. They’re fulfilled because you perform with excellence day after day. And that happens only if you work within an area of strength.

You can’t be like the high school home-run hitter who received an invitation to spring training from a major league baseball team. After the first week, he emailed home to say, “Leading all batters. These pitchers aren’t so tough.” The second week he boasted, “Hitting .500. Looks like I’ll be starting in the infield.” The third week he wrote, “They’re starting to throw curveballs today. Will be home tomorrow.”

You can’t achieve success without consistency, and you can’t achieve consistency working outside your God-given strengths. It will take all the talent you have to achieve your God-given dream. Following that talent will give you the best chance to be consistently good at what you do. So the word for you today is – build on your strengths.

Soul food: Ecc 1-4; Luke 5:27-39; Ps 100; Pro 3:7-8

Bou op jou sterkpunte


1 Korintiërs 4:7 NLV

Jou sukses word nie in jou ooreenkomste met ander mense gevind nie, maar in jou verskille. In plaas daarvan om jouself met iemand anders te vergelyk en met hulle te kompeteer, probeer om jou Godgegewe verskil te ontdek, want dis waar jy sal uitblink. Die sanger Pearl Bailey het gesê: ‘Daar is twee soorte talent, mensgemaakte en Godgegewe talent. Met mensgemaakte talent moet jy baie hard werk. Met Godgegewe talent doen jy net so af en toe ‘n bietjie instandhouding.’

Paulus skryf: ‘Ons het gawes wat van mekaar verskil volgens die genade wat God aan elkeen van ons gegee het…’ (Romeine 12:6 NLV). Sal jy eerder veg om vaardighede te ontwikkel waarvoor jy ‘n klein natuurlike aanleg het, of hardloop met die talent wat God vir jou gegee het om uit te vind waarheen dit jou neem? Drome word nie waar omdat jy elke nou en dan iets goed doen nie. Hulle word vervul omdat jy dag na dag met uitnemendheid optree. Dit gebeur slegs wanneer jy in ‘n area van jou sterkpunte werk.

Jy kan nie soos die bofbalspeler in hoërskool wees wat uitgenooi is om tydens die somer saam met ‘n professionele bofbalspan te oefen nie. Na die eerste week, het hy sy ouers laat weet: ‘Ek is die beste van al die kolwers. Die boulers is nie so taai nie.’ Die tweede week het hy gespog: ‘My kolftelling is baie goed, ek dink ek gaan een van die sterkolwers in die span wees.’ Die derde week het hy geskryf: ‘Hulle begin vandag draaiballe gooi. Ek sal more by die huis wees.’

Jy kan nie sukses sonder konsekwentheid behaal nie en jy kan nie konsekwentheid behaal wanneer jy buite jou Godgegewe sterkpunte werk nie. Die woord vir jou vandag is dus – bou aan jou sterkpunte.

Sielskos: Pred 1-4; Luk 5:27-39; Ps 100; Spr 3:7-8

Build on your strengths


1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

We won’t find success in our similarity to others, but in our differences. Instead of comparing ourselves to somebody else and competing with them or pushing ourselves to be just like them, we should try to discover our God-given differences, the things that make us unique. That’s where we’ll really excel.

Paul wrote, ‘God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly’ (Romans 12:6-8 NLT).

God doesn’t tell us we have to be brilliant at everything, but He does want us to run with the particular set of skills He’s given us and discover where they’ll take us. When God blesses us with a dream, it’ll be fulfilled because we performed with excellence day after day. And we can’t be consistently and reliably excellent if we’re working outside our God-given strengths. It’ll take every bit of skill we have to achieve the dreams He’s given us, and following our talents will give us the best chance to be consistently good at what we do.

God hasn’t made us to be copies. Each one of us is an original, with a completely unique makeup of strengths. We might already know what some of them are, and there might be others that we haven’t discovered yet. So let’s keep building on the strengths we have, and enjoy the journey of discovery with God!

Ecc 1-4; Luke 5:27-39; Ps 100; Pro 3:7-8

Relationships (3)

2022-01-24
John 4:14 NCV

Sometimes we need to let a relationship go. Letting go of someone doesn’t mean we’ve stopped loving them; it just means the relationship isn’t the right one for us. How should we handle it?

1) A gradual separation is sometimes the best way forward. There are relationships we need to get out of for our own good, but that doesn’t always mean we have to be suddenly and completely cut off from the other person. (However, if you’re in a relationship that makes you feel at risk or in danger, it’s best to seek help and often to get out of it as quickly as possible. Don’t put yourself at risk.) Dissolving a relationship is stressful, so we need to try and end it graciously. A good place to start might be to agree on a phone call or an email a couple of times a week.

2) Don’t keep going back. We might try to be kind and keep going back, doubting and re-evaluating our decision to end the relationship in its current form. Often people will come back to entice us by suggesting we were wrong the first time round. That’s why we must resolve any doubts before we make the decision. If we find ourselves in a pattern of going back to old, unhealthy relationships, it might be that we’re trying to fill an emptiness in our heart that only God can fill.

When Jesus met the woman at the well, she had been through five failed marriages and was living with man number six. He told her: ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life’ (John 4:13-14 NCV).

Gen 50; Haggai 1-2; Luke 5:12-26; Ps 96; Pro 3:5-6

Relationships (3)


Ephesians 5:7 NLT

Letting go of a person doesn’t mean you no longer love them; it just means the relationship is not right for you. How should you handle it?

(1) A gradual separation is sometimes the best solution. There are relationships you need to get out of for your own good. But because you have a cord to cut doesn’t mean that it should be ripped. Dissolving a relationship is stressful, so try to end it graciously. If the cord that binds you is constant phone calls, emails, and visits, that’s a good place to start.

(2) Don’t keep going back. Some of us are just so “nice” that we can’t end the relationship and move forward. We keep going back, second-guessing ourselves and reevaluating our decision. Make it one time, make it right, and make it decisive. Often people will come back to entice you by suggesting you were wrong the first time. That’s why you must resolve any doubt before you make the decision in the first place.

If you find yourself in a pattern of going back to old, unhealthy relationships, you may be drinking from the wrong well. You may be trying to fill an emptiness in your heart that only God can fill. When Jesus met the woman at the well, she had been through five failed marriages and was living with man number six. He told her: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13-14 NKJV).

Soul food: Gen 50; Haggai 1-2; Luke 5:12-26; Ps 96; Pro 3:5-6