“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” – Ephesians 5:16
Always be on the alert for everything and anything that can help you get on in this world. Be determined from today, to keep your eyes open for opportunities, and let nothing escape you which can be turned into a chance for your development, keep your ears open for every sound that can help you on your way to your dreams.
“…yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14
Friend life is lived in the present. There is no moment like the present. Never put off living or doing something until tomorrow because it is often much difficult and stressful to do the work that has been put off! “Now is the only time that we have. It is our only negotiable currency. Yesterday is a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. It is only today that we may spend in the noble effort of using all the gifts that God gave us.”
“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap” – Ecclesiastes 11:4
Don’t wait. Waiting is a trap never be caught in it. Never wait for the conditions to be perfect because they never will. There has never been a perfect time, day, month or year to do anything. If you have a dream, a purpose, a goal, take steps, try it out you will be amazed at your results.
“If people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing” – James 2:14
There is no standing still in life; “He who is silent is forgotten; He who does not advance falls back; He who stops is overwhelmed, distanced, crushed; He who ceases to become greater, becomes smaller; He who leaves off gives up; The stationary is the beginning of the end – it precedes death; To live is to achieve, to will without ceasing.” – Orison S. Marden.
Keep moving. Keep pushing towards your dreams. Whatever it is you want to achieve this year, you can start by taking the first step, then the second, the third, and so on until you get to your destination – the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Be true to yourself. Only people, who are true to themselves and their uniqueness, end up standing out and stepping in front of the crowd. You are not a product of an assembly line. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by the master creator to stand out and live your greatest life. The greatest disservice you can do to yourself and God is to be like everyone else. To settle for so little in life when you have the possibilities in you to achieve so much and live a great life.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Proverbs 14:12
Often when we are faced with difficulties in our journey towards greatness, some of us are tempted to seek the easy route or the “shortcut.” We forget that pain and adversity are powerful vehicles to promote personal growth and mastery, and nothing helps us learn, grow and evolve more quickly like facing difficulties in life.
If you desire true greatness, you must avoid “shortcuts”. They may appear credible and present you with many opportunities, but often in the end, they prove to be dangerous and many get you off track, lost and frustrated. My friend “taking the easy and lazy way out is discounting God’s investment in you.” It doesn’t matter if the easy way is what every other person around you is taking, dare to be different!
“Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you.” – Ecclesiastes 7:21
People judge you by their own failure and inadequacies. If you have a dream or a goal, forget about the so called good opinions of others, and concentrate on yourself and your abilities. If anyone tells you “you cannot make it in life”, “Greatness isn’t for you”, “You don’t have the right connections” “You are too young” “No one in your family has been great” “You are not educated enough” and so on, never believe them. Nothing in this life is impossible. You can achieve anything if you have faith. Have faith in God. Have faith in your abilities.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
No matter how black the outlook, or how rusty your environment is, positively refuse to see anything that is unfavourable to you. Refuse to see the obstacles. Refuse to see any condition which wants to enslave you and keep you from rising above your environment, or keep you from living the life of your dreams. Know that all things will surely workout in your favour if you step out in faith.