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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wisdom Brings Success

In review of Ecclesiastes 10:10 it says, “Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.”

Bottom Line:
A dull ax requires great strength; be wise and sharpen the blade.

What this means to me:
If I don’t sharpen the ax, my efforts will require more physical strength to do the same amount of work. So sharpen the blade. That is the value of wisdom; it will help me succeed.

From what I can see, champions are willing to do the things they hate and to achieve the things they love. Athletes do what it takes to achieve the win. They are willing to run the same course over and over again until their technique is perfected. For them, to win, requires they become disciplined in their sport; they end up giving it their all.

Today, I consider whether I’m running the race of life like a well-seasoned champion, or are if I’m just sitting around, hoping that one day I might get close to the finish line?  Am I settling for mediocrity? If I learn to be successful, then I’ll learn to do the things I hate, so that I can achieve the things I love.

There will be a price to pay for becoming better, stronger, and faster. But there is also an even greater price I’ll pay for just staying the same. In Jesus’ name, I should not be afraid to try something new, even if I do it wrong. Success will be the progressive achievement of worthwhile goals that fulfill my divine purpose in life.

God wants me to thrive in all that I do, and that my life honors Him. I am to seek out godly success. I should remember that doing so will take me much farther than anything I could ever do on my own.