In life we have a choice. Or I should say we have tasks; daily tasks in life that we feel we have to do, kind of the daily grind. Inside of us though our passions and dreams and we have the choice to use them and marvel in God's goodness as we do what God has placed in our hearts to do. But this dream and goal that we have comes with a responsibility on our part. We need to fan the flame, sharpen our sword, and work towards excellence prayerfully along with others who are doing the same. You have seen the title of this post...I would argue that most people are like the first question: They know God is faithful and will do what he said he would do, but they use this knowledge, in a way, against God and do nothing to nurture, manage, or steward the dream or gift that God gave. They sharpen their gift or sword once and cut once and find extreme frustration and pray to God saying "Hey, nothing's happening God! When God??!! When is this going to happen to me!?" But God is saying, "Hey! Hey! Slow down! Don't yell at me saying, 'God, what are you doing??!' I gave you that gift to steward it! I gave Adam the garden, but then I said to him, 'This garden is yours, for you, now steward it!'" Now I gave you that dream to be a good wife or mom. I gave you that dream to teach, to preach, to show kindness, to communicate well with others...now steward it!" Sharpen your sword! Now, our dream works just like a sword. If the sword is not used and sharpened, it's cut is NOT impressive. So what shall we do?
SHARPEN THE SWORD 40 TIMES AND CUT ONCE.
Focus on sharpening your sword, keep sharpening! Read about others in the Bible who did the same and worked towards excellence, (David, Apostle Paul, Joseph) Read the word of God, pray, and work at your gifts, so that when you speak to others or give your performance, it's like you cut finely in such a God breathed excellence that inspires and impacts others for Christ and His glory!
You see, people coin this phrase, "You only have one shot in this life" so many times. But I believe is another far greatly important side to this coin. I believe that God wants to make us and mold us and encourage us and use us and that He helped us to refine so well, that when we approach any opportunity, we won't see it as our "once shot", but rather our opportunity and a "once in a lifetime chance" for EVERYONE ELSE AROUND US TO WITNESS AND SEE HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD THROUGH WHAT GOD HAD BEEN PREPARING US TO DO IN THE FIRST PLACE IN DISPLAY OF THE GLORY OF GOD IN OUR LIVES. You see, life is not about one chances, it's about inspiring others to see our lives and performance as not our one chance but theirs to witness; it is after all, the work of GOD ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND ALL THE EARTH.
God wants to use you to give other people a 1000 times a "once in a life time" experience through you: Give to the world a thousand times over, their "once in a life time" opportunity. God wants people to say, "Oh my goodness (insert name) is coming by! Let's go to see him/her! Who knows when they'll be coming back around our area!" God doesn't want you to look at others anymore to see what you can get from them. God wants YOU to be that person that others in the world look at and hope they can be and have the opportunity to witness and be blessed because of the gift God gave you that you let improve to excellence. I believe our opportunity to refine our gift and the reason why God doesn't "refine the gift for us" is because he wants us to also receive the gift of OWNERSHIP. This is very important: ownership, responsibility, and stewardship is also very honorable and grants respect from others and glory to the King.
Won't you join me in being responsible to pray as you take the baby steps towards excellence in your area of life today.
God bless you