“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
― Jim Collins
I often hear people say, “I am living a happy life”, “I’m good”, “I am just like a normal person living a normal life”, “I am a good employee”, “I am a good person”. Is there something wrong with all that? No! These are good statements and I have nothing against those people who are doing good in their lives.
What I want to share today is how we can go from good to great. Maybe some of you would say, “Why go from good to great?” My answer to that is another question “Why not?”.
I heard a speaker once said that settling for good will prevent you from being great. I read an article recently and I am reminded of this fact that good is the enemy of great. When someone becomes comfortable being good enough, that person closes the door of opportunity to become great.
Ms. Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides of Protips shares in her post how we can make room in our lives not just for what’s good, but for what is great?
The steps are spelled out in the word GREAT.
Give your life to God and He will be able to multiply whatever you have, to accomplish great things for Him.
Remember the story of the boy who gave his two fish and five loaves of bread to Jesus? With the little that he had, Jesus performed a great miracle and fed 5,000 men. Eating two fish and five loaves of bread is good, but feeding 5,000 people is definitely great. God can accomplish something extraordinary through your ordinary life. Give your life’s work to Him.
Return the glory and praises to God when He accomplishes something great in and through you. King David in Psalm 145 defined the purpose of his life in this way: “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever.” Returning the praise and glory to God whenever we achieve something guards us from pride and the feeling of self-sufficiency. If you want to be great, acknowledge the greatness of God in your life.
Enjoy the successes that God allows you to experience, but never sit on your laurels. The enemy of excellence is complacency and overconfidence. There is a time to celebrate your victories but never make this your excuse to stop persevering.
Acknowledge that you do not know everything and that you can still learn something. The great genius Albert Einstein said “I don’t need to know everything, I just need to know where to find it, when I need it.” That is an admission that even if he is gifted with a brilliant mind, he did not have all the answers to life’s questions and he still needed to seek for more knowledge.
Think not about what you cannot do but what God can do through you. If we focus on our own strength, we will see a lot of limitations and imperfections. But if we think about what God can do through ordinary people like us, then being great won’t be an impossibility. The shepherd boy David faced the giant Goliath with great confidence, not because of the slingshot and stones in his hands, but because he had faith in God who is great.
We can only become great if we make God the center of our lives. Let’s not settle for good, we can all do something great.
Question: Are you ready to change your life and go from good to great? Bless other people by sharing your thoughts in the comment box below.
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