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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Wednesday, November 26

“Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.”
Pr 4:7 NIV


Like any good parent, God wants His children to succeed. But to succeed in life, you must periodically ask yourself two questions: (1) Am I committed to personal growth? “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Keep reading, keep learning, keep asking questions. A Chinese proverb says, “He who asks is a fool for five minutes; he who doesn’t ask remains a fool forever.” Some of us are like the little girl who thought she’d exhausted the subject of mathematics once she learned her twelve-times tables. When her grandfather asked with a twinkle, “What’s thirteen times thirteen?” she scoffed, “Don’t be silly, Grandpa, there’s no such thing!” Your hunger for wisdom and knowledge determines your future. In order to keep giving out, you must keep taking in. (2) Am I enjoying what I do? You’ll never fulfill your destiny doing something you despise. Passion lies at the core of true success and fulfillment; it’s the spark for your fuse. It energizes you when those around you grow tired. It helps you come up with answers when others cease to have creative ideas, and strengthens you when they drop out. It gives you courage to take risks while others crave security. When you lose your passion two things happen: First, you fail to pursue excellence. Second, you jeopardize your integrity, because you’re tempted to take shortcuts and compromise by settling for less than God intended. One leader says, “What generates passion in you is a clue to your destiny. What you love is often a clue to something you can achieve.”

Thursday, November 27

Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”
Mk 10:43 NIV


Two more questions you should constantly ask yourself are: (1) Am I willing to serve others? You say you want to be a leader? Why? Until you answer that question with the right motives, God won’t promote you. Sometimes we just want to be in control. Other times we don’t want to pay the price for success. We just want the perks that come with it: a corner office, a higher salary, a respected title, and the admiration of others. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Leadership puts you in a position to take care of your own needs first—to set yourself up—before helping others. That’s always a temptation, and it’s always wrong! You must genuinely care about people and help them to reach their potential. When you do that you’re honoring God, and He will honor you. (2) Am I doing what I’m called to do? “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” (Ro 12:6 NIV). Samuel Johnson said, “Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess…and gain applause which he cannot keep.” If you’re harboring a mental image of the qualities talented people are supposed to have and you don’t possess, you’ll have a hard time finding your true strengths. Henry Ford remarked, “The question, ‘Who ought to be the boss?’ is like asking, ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.” To succeed in life, you must know what God gifted you to do.