Fresh Hope – 19th April 2017

If you are serious about growth, here are four things you must do:

1. Make a commitment to change. Most of us want things to get better without having to change anything. To grow, you must commit yourself to not only accepting change but to seeking it.

2. Focus on your strengths. Peter Drucker said, “the great mystery is not that people do things badly, but that they occasionally do things well.” One thing that requires no effort is incompetence, strength is always specific. Nobody ever commented that the great violinist, Jascha Heifetz couldn’t play the trumpet very well. If you try to be good at everything you will be good at nothing. God gave you specific gifts – find them and use them.

3. Put yourself in a growth environment. Certain fish grow to the size of their environment…so do people. Put them in a small aquarium and they remain small. Release them into the ocean and they grow to their intended size. If you spend time in the wrong place with the wrong crowd doing the wrong things you will never experience growth.

4. Learn to enjoy the journey. Most grand Masters of chess learn and relearn their moves over a period of 15 years before winning their first title. That’s almost a fifth of their lives. If you’re going to spend that much time doing something, you had better like it. If the destination appeals to you but you are not enjoying the journey, you would be wise to seek God’s guidance and make sure that you are heading in the right direction.

Proverbs 9:9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Pastor Mark

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