“Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.” Pr 4:7 NIV
Like any good parent, God wants His children to succeed. But to succeed in life, you must periodically ask yourself two questions: (1) Am I committed to personal growth? “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Keep reading, keep learning, keep asking questions. A Chinese proverb says, “He who asks is a fool for five minutes; he who doesn’t ask remains a fool forever.” Some of us are like the little girl who thought she’d exhausted the subject of mathematics once she learned her twelve-times tables. When her grandfather asked with a twinkle, “What’s thirteen times thirteen?” she scoffed, “Don’t be silly, Grandpa, there’s no such thing!” Your hunger for wisdom and knowledge determines your future. In order to keep giving out, you must keep taking in. (2) Am I enjoying what I do? You’ll never fulfill your destiny doing something you despise. Passion lies at the core of true success and fulfillment; it’s the spark for your fuse. It energizes you when those around you grow tired. It helps you come up with answers when others cease to have creative ideas, and strengthens you when they drop out. It gives you courage to take risks while others crave security. When you lose your passion two things happen: First, you fail to pursue excellence. Second, you jeopardize your integrity, because you’re tempted to take shortcuts and compromise by settling for less than God intended. One leader says, “What generates passion in you is a clue to your destiny. What you love is often a clue to something you can achieve.”
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