Posts Tagged ‘achievement’

  

“I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!” (Psalms‬ ‭104‬:‭33‬ NLT)

George Dennehy was born without arms, but he plays guitar like a pro. How? The 18-year-old from Ashland, Virginia uses his feet! The gifted teen told in an interview that he eats, types and washes his hair with his feet, and he says he’s primarily right-footed. He also said, “I want it [music] to be my career. I have the opportunity to speak/play at different events or churches, you name it! I’m hoping big things will happen.” 

And according to the Huffington Post, Dennehy isn’t the only teen who hasn’t let physical challenges stop him from achieving his dreams. Fourteen-year-old athlete Coleman Shannon, whose right arm ends at his elbow, recently pitched a no-hitter against his neighboring Little League team. And in 2010, armless piano player Liu Wei became a hit on “China’s Got Talent” and achieved Internet fame. 

We tend to be a society and people who are afraid to live or try because of failure, yet we are surrounded every day by those who take chances because they have to just to survive. Be one that achieves life instead of slumping towards existence! Live the vibrant life God gives! You are loved without excuse! 

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“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done.” (Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬ NLT)

When Joseph Schmidt came to Seabury Hall Prep School in Hawaii, looking for a challenge, he got just that, weathering financial hardships, empowering the student body, rounding up support for large capital improvement projects and transforming the school into what it is today. Twenty years later and heading into retirement, the 65-year-old California native has raised over $55 million to build a new upper and middle school classroom complex, eliminated its debt, increased its financial aid budget from $450,000 to more than $1 million, and doubled the size of the campus to about 65 acres! A job well done indeed!

Each one of us has the potential to do wonderful things with our lives. It’s simply a matter of doing it. By applying biblical principles, like today’s text, we position ourselves into a place where God can lead and bless our work. It’s His desire to do so!

Whatever your job or efforts are this week, whether building a company or wrangling grandkids, do it with love, pride, excellence, and for God’s glory! Seize your opportunities and feel good about it! You are loved and blessed today! 

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For even Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe in him.” (John‬ ‭7‬:‭5‬ NLT)

The New York Mets were the laughing stock of baseball through the 1960s, posting the worst win/loss record in baseball history. The joke at the time was which would happen first, a winning season by the Mets or Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Well, both got there the same year in 1969. The Miracle Mets of 1969 shook the sports world by doing what no one thought could ever happen.

Sometimes we feel like that, like no one believes in us, that we really are special and can achieve in life or spiritually. Jesus knew how this felt. Personally. Both his family and His nation would largely reject Him. Yet notice that Jesus never stopped working and serving.

The day of silent skeptics in not found in the midst of our doing, but like with both Jesus and the Mets, in the completion of our work. Don’t be frustrated by people and their opinions. Trust in the One who KNOWS who you are and what He will accomplish through you! Completion will always quiet the critics! You are loved today!

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Then Peter began to speak up. ‘We’ve given up everything to follow you,’he said.” (Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬ NLT)

When Jeremy graduated high school, he got what every Arkansas boy wants: a full-ride scholarship to play football at the University of Arkansas. But college level was a different animal. In a conversation, he shared with me how they must eat, sleep, and breath football almost everyday of the year, and without distractions. The coaches were looking for total commitment.

When Peter made this statement to Jesus, he needed to understand that this “total commitment” was what Jesus was looking for all along. Anything less than our all will not do. The base word for “discipline” is “disciple”, which we are called to be. That means our focus and attention is on Him alone. He will then make sure you have time for family and relaxing.

God will not be pleased with anything less than total commitment. Just as Jeremy must face the grind daily for U of A, God is looking for us to do the same in the Christ Life. Is it worth it to Jeremy? Every game day it is! The committed Christ Life is worth it all! Enjoy your day! You are loved!

Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT)

Willadene Zedan, 85, is an absolute wonder. She has five children, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, but what she did not have until recently was a college degree. However, Willadene has proven that it is never too late for individuals to achieve their academic dreams.

Paul was encouraging the people in that they already did so much, yet there was still more that each person could do. Willadene is proof that you can do more no matter the age. The reason we don’t, though, is b/c it cuts into our time or may cost too much. But if all our life belongs to God, then that includes our time, talents & treasures. All we have are excuses for telling God “No”, then ask Him for more for ourselves.

When you think you can’t, know that you can. You’d be amazed what all you could do with God’s enabling & your sacrificing! Great things aren’t done accidently, but with purpose & intention. Do more for those that are still finding their way! You are loved today!

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