for in its welfare, you will find your welfare… Jeremiah 29:7

My Pondering

This is all about the Golden Rule and that givers gain. Daniel was a great example of this principle. Joseph and Queen Esther too. Flourish where you are planted. Let your good works be evident in the midst of chaos.

Here is a distinct passage where we this in action.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2nd Corinthians 1:3-5

We receive comfort to provide comfort.

Unfortunately fortunately we also receive sufferings for the same reason. It is a true dichotomy.

If you notice, God doesn’t spare from all troubles, but be encouraged as He both helps us through them and most definently uses them like no other (Romans 8:28 – if you don’t know it by heart, look it up).

Achievement comes from using your God given gifts and being prepared… -Example of Pele

My Pondering

Pele was wonderful example of the dichotomy of being successful in life. His father helped encourage and identify his natural talent which was on loan from God but that isn’t enough to achieve let alone sustain success.

We need to apply what we have and know by being prepared and persistent. With that said and quite evident, this simple Achievement formula is true for all of us.

Talent x Effort = Achievement

The Achievement Formula

Talent = our God given natural abilities and gifts. Without God’s blessing, we have nothing. No time, no being, no nothing.

Effort = is the application of our desire, determination and discipline over time by acquiring skills to improve. It is mustering up the grit to grind. It is the will to succeed. It is having the persistence to overcome. It is using your wit to create and solve. It is learning knowledge, gaining experience and applying the wisdom to excel. Without sustaining and sufficient effort, none thing good, let alone great, will happen for long.

Achievement = is earning success. It is achieved excellence in an endeavor. There are a myriad of ways to achieve excellence yet there are principles which apply to all. It requires personal effort and providential blessing. The longer we have these two requirements, the longer we achieve.