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I was recently having a conversation with my Pappy. As we were talking about the talents that people have, I was surprised to hear something so profound, and yet so simple: “Bryan, people don’t know they have talents, because they’re too lazy to start trying.” In that moment of silent surprise, I realized the extent to which we are missing out on our full potential; we don’t try and are therefore defeated before we even start!
As we begin this new year, my challenge is that you would realize the potential that you have in Christ and live up to it. Consider Paul’s encouragement to Timothy: “Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry…[For] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:5, 7) As Paul was finishing up his ministry (and life), his encouragement to Timothy was for steadfastness. Timothy already knew what God’s calling was upon his life, but he needed the reminder to hold true to that precious calling.
In a world that challenges us to be lazy and undisciplined, I say, “Swim upstream!” There is no one that can hold you back from your calling in Christ Jesus, except for you. Christ has already promised that there will be hard times for his followers, but you can also rest assured in the peace of his comforting words: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
When you set your course for 2015, make sure it is pointed directly toward Christ. He will enable you to fulfill your God-ordained purpose in life and he will bring you in close to the Father. Let’s not settle for defeat before we get started. Rather, let us fight the good fight and bring glory to our God, who is worthy of more praise than we could ever consider or imagine. Run your race this year and finish strong!