Think a minute…A family-owned pastry company in America had been successful for over 40 years. So in the 1990’s the owners decided to expand their bakery business into other kinds of products.
They worked harder than ever to make their new products. But in return for all their hard work, they lost so much money they almost went bankrupt.
The businessman who bought their failing company said: “These people could not have worked harder, but they could have worked smarter.” Instead of working hard at what they did best, they worked hard at too many other things, and that is what caused them to fail. Remember, our goal is to “get results” not just “get tired”.
That is why it is not enough to work hard, we also have to work smart by knowing our limits: both our strengths and our weaknesses. Remember: “A leopard cannot change its spots!” So why try? Don’t fight the facts!
Simply be who you are, and become the very best you can be. Make the most of your natural abilities. This means knowing your limits and not wasting your time and energy trying to be something you are not. We need to work in areas where we are competent and confident.
In a way, your personality is like your shoe size: you do not get to choose it. You do, however, get to choose whether or not you “fill your shoes” in life by reaching your potential and making the most of your natural abilities and personality.
Remember, your self-confidence must be in your real self. You must know the truth of who you are and who you are not. It is the one who made you who can show you exactly who He designed you to be.
So won’t you ask Jesus to take charge of your heart and way of living for the rest of your life? He is the only one who can help you know your true limits. He will make you free to make the most of your personality and abilities—so you become the very best He designed you to be. Just think a minute…