Updated: Sep 3, 2020
A perfectionist mentality is stealing our potential.
To get to perfection, you have to push past yourself.
Conquer today, begin tomorrow as a conqueror. Conquer tomorrow and begin the day after tomorrow as more than a conqueror...
Struggling with executing your vision?
We’re not getting anywhere because we are trying to do things the wrong way round. We don’t start because we want everything to be perfect, failing to realize that we can’t get to perfection until we have used up all of what we have inside of ourselves.
As children we were taught. ‘Practice makes perfect’. The wisdom in this statement seems too simple to work in our complex world. We have made everything too complicated to accomplish. The bible urges us to go back to simplicity. Many times in scripture we are told to be sober minded, meaning to be sensible or practical.
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Peter 1: 13
The bigger the vision, the more practical we need to be. Any other approach and we are too overwhelmed to even start. How do we execute to perfection? Simple. Day by day. That’s the only way. Do today. Do it well. Do it effectively. Do it joyfully. Use up all of today, and then rest. Get up the next day and do it all over again.
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” ~ Psalms 118 : 24
Don’t worry about what you failed to do yesterday or get consumed in what happened to you yester-year. It’s a distraction, designed to knock you off the path to your destiny. In fact a lot of times the past is heavy, it weighs on us and slows us down. Take it off your back. Cast all of it to the Lord, He will take care of it (Psalms 55 : 22) and focus on today.
The greatest example we have is the Apostle Paul. God literally stopped him in his tracks to give him his assignment - to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. This is a man whose life had been about persecuting those who were teaching about Jesus; and now God was sending him to teach about that same Jesus. Paul could have allowed his past life before being saved, weigh so heavy on him that in the natural it’s impossible to see how he could go forward with his new life and new calling. And yet, he went forward with the power of the gospel; willing to endure all things for the sake of the gospel. His secret to executing: He had to forget about yesterday.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” ~ Philippians 3 : 13 - 14
Just as important is not getting caught up in tomorrow. The road becomes too long and too tiring. We wonder if we will ever get there and talk ourselves out of putting in the work today.To try and bring tomorrow into today is to make today impossible. Don’t let the obstacles you foresee in the future stop you from starting. It’s a distraction.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6 : 34
Take heart that the person you are today, is not the person you will be tomorrow. When you master today, you begin tomorrow as a different person. Push past yourself and you find yourself where God sustains. The daily decision to excel in our today is the definition of waiting upon the Lord.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40 : 31
Be alert, look for God everyday, look to understand His will in every situation. God wants to be in all that concerns us. The world deceives us into letting go of our power through Christ by the messages that there are some places for God and some places where He should not be recognized. How can we compartmentalize God and yet expect His blessings in every aspect of our lives? He is the Creator of everything. All that exists, exists because God called it into being. God is in everything and everywhere.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3 : 6
Let God transform you according to His word. The person you are today can’t contain what God has in store for you. That’s why the vision seems too big. There’s a journey of transformation to get to where you are destined to be. The bible often refers to the old not being able to contain the new (Matthew 9 : 16 - 17). Today we are not ready for tomorrow, but we are ready to do the things we need to do today that will make tomorrow possible. There is no shortcut, but there is the grace of God that makes even heavy lifting doable. We get to lift weights that are too heavy for us because God is with us.
We can’t assimilate into being like the people who are already doing what we are trying to do. Our purpose is greater than our own thinking and understanding (Isaiah 55 : 8 - 9). God will direct our steps if we seek Him. When you don’t know what to do. Seek Him. When it gets hard. Seek Him. When the days are good. Seek Him. Prayer is the secret weapon.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~ Romans 12 : 2
When God is done, you won’t recognize yourself. He will finish in you and through you what He started.
“I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1 : 6
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