Fresh Hope – 20th September 2016

Half of being smart is knowing what you’re useless at.

Do you ever feel frustrated that you are hopeless at doing certain things? No matter how hard you try, you don’t seem to improve and end up feeling frustrated.

Maybe you should consider the thought that you weren’t ‘wired up’ for such things.

Many people want to feel that they are high achievers in every area of their lives, but it actually creates unrealistic expectations.

I’ve known people that have had lessons on piano for more than 10 years and yet still couldn’t play one piece that wouldn’t annoy you.

Some men have tried to be good at DIY and yet have frustrated their wives with their total incompetence.

You may be great running a small business, but the moment you try to do the invoicing you come unstuck.

All this tells us is that whilst we may be brilliant at certain things, we will also be pretty useless at lots of other things.

We are told that the average person can be competent at around four or maybe five things, leaving them incompetent at tens of other things that they can’t do. So, feeling frustrated at the things that we can’t do, we set about putting all our energies into them, not realising that we are wasting precious time that we should be devoting to the things that we are already gifted at.

As someone once said, if you try to teach a pig to sing you will annoy the pig and waste your time.

Why not write down today the handful of things that you feel you are good at, and then set about devoting all your attention to those few things?

Within a short space of time, you will notice how you have increased your skill in that area, taking you from good to great.

Stop trying to be good at everything. Instead, be master of a few things that God has entrusted to you.

Matthew 25:14-15 ‘Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.’

Pastor Mark

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