Part two – Life is too short to be average (Continued from yesterday)
The Bible says that Daniel had an excellent spirit, and he stood out among his peers because God was with him (Daniel 5:14, 6:3).
A spirit of excellence will cause people to notice that there is something different about you, because you are living to fulfil God’s purpose in your life.
The fourth principle for success is to choose the people you let into your life. Your friends will influence your future. It’s better to walk alone at times, rather than walk with the wrong people. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’
The fifth principle is persistence. You cannot succeed without persistence. Persistence can be defined as courage under pressure. I’ve found that it’s impossible to be courageous without fear. Fear gives birth to a courage that says “I won’t quit.”
Remember: no one succeeds all of the time. You can’t live a significant life without living a persistent life.
More or less everything in my life that has had any lasting value has been birthed out of a long hard slog. I call it the ‘God plod!’.
The sixth way for living a life of purpose is to have high values. Values are standards that you live by. They produce character, and character is how you act when no one is watching. Character means spending time alone with God, letting Him guide you and refine for your dreams and desires.
My values come from the Bible. A long time ago I made up my mind that the most important thing in my life was to live for an audience of one – Jesus.
My declaration today is this: ‘God’s power works in me every day, and I can excel at what He has called me to do if I will simply lay down my life and trust Him’.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.