Make Your Life Count!

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'...This one thing I do...'

Edgar W Work said, 'The real tragedy is not in being limited to one talent, but in the failure to use that one talent.'

To make the most of your life:

1) Maximise what God has given you. Edison set himself an ambitious goal: to come up with a major new invention every six months and a minor one every ten days. When he died he had 1,093 patents. Edison made his dreams a reality by sticking to what he did best. Are you doing that?

2) Start where God put you. After losing a baseball game, cartoon character Charlie Brown pours out his heart to his friend Lucy: 'All my life I've dreamed of pitching in the big leagues, but I'll never make it!' Lucy replies 'You're thinking too far ahead, Charlie Brown. Set yourself more immediate goals. Start with the next inning, for example. When you go out to pitch, see if you can walk to the mound...without falling down.' Success starts with one step. Exercise your faith and take it.

3) Focus on what God called you to do. Music was everything to Brahms. He collected music and studied compositions going back to the 15th century. He worked day and night to perfect his craft, refusing to publish anything that didn't meet his exacting standards. That's why he didn't publish his first symphony until he was 40. And he never married, saying it would distract him: 'I am in love with music, I think of nothing but, and of other things only when they make music more beautiful.' Is that fanaticism? No, it's focus; it's what makes your life count! It's why Paul said, '...this one thing I do...'

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this is a great post, this is really something to think about. I tell you one will not feel useless if one can follow these steps in their daily lives.

Nice post

Abbey said…
Great post, Mike! I learned three new facts that I had never before heard.

Wanda said…
Enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing this.
Schotzy said…
This is a great post... reminds me of a great book by John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life, which I read following retirement. There is so much to be done I God's kingdom and so few workers.. the world pulls us away so easily!! Great word to the church!