Staying focused, dedicated, and disciplined
By GARY ANDREWS
Editor and Publisher
If you look around you, you are going to see many, many people thriving off of what others are doing for them.
There are so many people who act like leaches and suck the life blood out of a situation without the blood, sweat, and tears needed to earn their own way.
This is not to say these people are dumb, because they are not. They may not be self-motivated and wait for someone else to put forth the extra effort to make an idea work.
There is an old saying, “No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”
Stop and think about what this is saying. This is probably one of the best statements I have ever seen, and unless we are willing to put forth the “extra” in “extraordinary,” we will never be a leader or a person others want to work with.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
In everything that we attempt or do we should go into it with our hearts and minds set to do our very best. Even if we do not understand the full scope or magnitude of what we are doing, we should study and train to become the very best at anything we attempt. Whether we are working or playing, the game is all the same. Don’t play off of someone else’s hard work when you are not willing to put forth the effort to be on top. Keep a positive attitude and allow God to lead you. Then and only then will you finish with a crown and become the person that God wants you to be.
Prayer: Father I give you all the praise and glory for this life on earth. Lead me in the direction that I can serve you and only you. Give me wisdom and strength to do what is right. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday - 1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Monday - Exodus 32:22-35; Tuesday - Colossians 1:9-12; Wednesday - 1 Chronicles 21:13; Thursday - Psalm 89:30-33; Friday - Proverbs 5:11-14; Saturday - 1 Timothy 4:11-14.)