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Everybody you meet has potential

'Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.' Galatians 6:10 NLT

Have you ever watched a train switch on to the same track as several disconnected carriages, hook up and together move forward? The truth is if you want to help people you've got to get on the same track, connect with them and help move them forward.

But before you can do that there are two rules you need to observe: (1) Never take anyone for granted. Tip O'Neill, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said that during an election one of his elderly neighbours told him, 'I voted for you again today even though you didn't ask me to.' Surprised, O'Neill replied, 'But I've known you all my life, Mrs O'Brien. I took out your garbage and mowed your lawn - I didn't think I had to ask.' In a motherly tone she replied, 'It's always nice to be asked!' (2) Believe that everyone has potential. Mother Teresa said, 'We don't have to be extraordinary in any way. I can do what you can't do, you can do what I can't do, and together we can do great things.' You may not be able to help everybody, but you can help somebody. The thing Andrew is most noted for in Scripture is introducing his brother Peter to Jesus. But Peter ended up bringing multitudes to Jesus. In the New Jerusalem you'll see the name of each of the apostles written above its twelve foundations (see Revelation 21:14). And Andrew's name will be there. How come? Because he believed everybody has the potential to make a difference once they know Jesus.

Soulfood: 1 Ki 14-15 Mark 9:14-29 Ps 101 Pro 12:12-13,


God will forgive you

'But with you there is forgiveness' Psalm 130:4 ESV

The psalmist wrote: O Lord, out of the depths I call to you... hear my voice. Let your ears be open to my pleas for mercy. O Lord, who would be able to stand if you kept a record of sins? But with you there is forgiveness' (Psalm 130:1-4 GWT).

But God's forgiveness is worthless unless you receive it by faith - and then forgive yourself! You say, 'But what about my past?' The moment you receive God's forgiveness you no longer have a past - you only have a future.

However, you must do three things: (1) Realise that everybody fails. Samson failed by getting too close to the wrong woman (see Judges 16). Jonah failed by trying to run from the assignment God gave him (see Jonah 1:3). Peter failed when he denied Jesus (see Matthew 26:34). Yet God forgave and used each of them for his glory. (2) You must process your emotions. Regret: 'If only I hadn't done it.' Frustration: 'I did my best. Why wasn't it good enough?' Self-pity: 'Nobody loves me so I'll just sit here and lick my wounds.' Paralysis: 'I've done it too often. My mistake is too big. I'll never get beyond it.' Your emotions are lying to you - don't believe them! (3) When you fall, get back up again. 'A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again' (Proverbs 24:16 NAS). Notice, the righteous as well as the unrighteous fall. So be like the lady who said, 'I'm never down. I'm either up, or I'm getting up!' How about it - are you ready to get up and try again? If so, God will work with you.

Soulfood: 1 Ki 12-13 Mark 9:1-13 Ps 128 Pro 12:10-11,


Recognise your gift know your goal

'Do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit.' 1 Samuel 12:21 NKJV

In order to succeed in what God has called you to do in life, you must recognise your gift and know your goal. When you're clear about and committed to these two things, you need to demonstrate two qualities: discipline and determination.

Fritz Kreisler, one of the greatest violinists of all time, had them. Crowds packed Carnegie Hall in New York to hear him. But the road to success was a bumpy ride. As a boy he wanted to do nothing more than play the violin, so his parents paid for him to have music lessons. But he didn't make as much progress as they hoped, and after a few years he quit the lessons. Over the next several years, through college and early adulthood, he studied medicine but failed to complete medical school. He joined the army and failed to be promoted. He tried and quit many other pursuits. Realising that the one piece of success he had enjoyed in life related to the violin, he went back to his instructor and said, 'I want to play.' She said, 'Fine, I'll take you back as a student, but only if you acquire the irreplaceable quality that is necessary for you to become a great violinist. You must exhibit undefeatable determination.'

So once again, here are your steps to success: (1) Recognise your gift. (2) Know your goal. (3) Dedicate yourself to the process no matter how long it takes. (4) Trust God to bless your efforts.

Soulfood: 1 Ki 10-11 Mark 8:27-38 Ps 45 Pro 12:7-9,

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