Summary: Success is not a magic nor a work of a genius but success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life.
Like rubber bands, our personalities, talents, and gifts are different. We are not effective unless we are stretched.
There’s no person who comes into the world fully equipped for success. Success is not a magic nor a work of a genius but success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life.
I. MOTIVATED TO STRETCH.
Most of us avoid stretching. When we come up against something that is bigger than we are, we tend to back off. Why?
It’s because of FEAR.
The unknown out there can really paralyze us. Bad experiences can be fearful also.
It’s because of being SATISFIED.
We already like where we are. We imprisoned ourselves within our comfort zones.
It’s because of LOW SELF-ESTEEM.
A lot of people with low self-esteem have above average ability.; they just do not see themselves in the proper light.
What motivates you?
For some people CHALLENGE is a stimulant. Others are motivated by dissatisfaction, or by previous successes.
What motivates you?
We are encouraged by the scriptures to be steadfast, unmoveable and abounding in the work of the Lord.
II. STRETCHING NEVER STOPS.
When you stop stretching, you become boring.
1. Discover your potentials.
Discovery always comes in an encouraging environment. Discover by doing something you enjoy.
2. Dedicate your potentials.
If you’re not stretching in your personal walk with God, you are not going to be able to be as effective for God as you really need to be.
3. Develop your potentials.
Develop it by beginning to accept personal responsibility.
Fifty years ago, Johnny Weismuller was the greatest swimmer of all time. He had 50 swimming records. Today, 13-year old girls broke his record.
So don’t limit your potentials.
Isaiah 54:2 says, "do not hold back..."
Realize that God is not interested in your mistakes. He is so interested in your development.