AN ENEMY CALLED AVERAGE (JOHN MASON)
YOUR LEAST FOVOURITE COLOR SHOULD
Never try to defend your present position and situation. Choose to
be a person who is on the offensive, not the defensive. People who
live defensively never rise above being average.
Instead take the initiative. Lukewarm, indecisive people are never secure, regardless of their wealth, education or position.
Don’t ever let yo u r request for balance become an excuse for not
taking the unique, radical, invading move that God has directed
you to take.
Many times the attempt to maintain balance in life is really just an excuse for being lukewarm, In Joshua 1:6-7,9, the Lord says three times to Joshua , “ Be strong and courageous, “ I believe that He is saying the same thing to all believers today.
When you choose to be on the offensive, the atmosphere of your
life will begin to change.
So if you don’t like the atmosphere of your life, choose to take the offensive position. Taking the offensive is not just an action outside a person: it is also a decision made within.
When you do choose to be on the offensive, keep all your conflicts
impersonal. Fight the issue, not the person. Speak about what God
in you can do, not what others are incapable of doing.
You will find that when all of your reasons are offensive, you cause almost never succeeds.
Being on the offensive and taking the initiative are master keys that
open the doors of opportunity in your life. Learn to create a habit
of taking the initiative, and don’t ever start your day in neutral.
Every morning when you feet hit the floor, you should be thinking
of the offensive, taking control of your day and your life.
Don’t become like some people who lose an hour in the morning and spend the rest of the day trying to recover it.
By pulling back and being defensive, you usually enhance the
problem. Intimidation always precedes defeat. If you are not sure
which way to go, pray and then move toward the situation if faith.
Be like the two fishermen who got trapped in a storm in the middle
of a lake. One turned to the other and asked , “ Should we pray or should we row ? ” His wise companion responded , “ Let’s do both!” That’s taking the offensive
THE ONLY PLACE TO START IS WHERE
Start with what you have, not with what you don’t have.
Opportunity is always where you are never where you were. To
get anywhere you must launch out for somewhere, or you will get
n o w h ere.
Hamilton Mabie said , “ The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence,
and education advantages, but what he will do with the things he
has..” God will always give us an ability to create what we need
from something that is already here.
Each person tends to either underrate or overrate that which they
do not possess. Ed Howe, “ People are always neglecting
something they can do and trying to do something they can’t do .”
I agree with Teddy Roosevelt when he said , “ Do what you can , with
what you have, where you are.” The only way to learn anything thoroughly is by starting at the bottom (except when learning how
to swim.) To be successful, do what you can.
Ken Keys Jr. said , “ To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have” .
The truth is that many are successful because they didn’t have the advantages others had . Successful people accomplish more that others because they go ahead and to it before they are ready.”
Epicurus said , “ Do not spoil what you have by desiring by what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.” Henri Amiel observed , “ Almost everything comes from almost nothing .”
No improvement is as certain as that which proceeds from the
right and timely use of what you already have.
Mike Murdock said,
“ Whatever God has already given to you will create anything else.
He has promised to you .” Everyone who has arrived had to begin where they were.
The truth is yo u can’t know what you can do until yo u try.
The most important thing about reaching your dream is starting right
where you are.
Edward Hail said,” I can not do everything, but I still can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do .”
“ NO LONGER , FORWARD NOR , BEHIN D
I LOOK IN HOPE OR FEAR;
BUT GRATEFUL, BUT TAKE THE GOOD I FIND,
THE BEST OF NOW AND HERE ”
(John Greenleaf Whittier)