We live in a very competitive world and there is a certain criteria to follow if you are to win in this world. But in the Kingdom of God we don’t follow that criteria. The world has a way of doing things and God has a way of doing things. The wisest man of all time made a very interesting observation which I think needs mention.
I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
This observation by King Solomon is simply amazing. A race as we have seen over and over again is won by the fastest person but in this verse the race is not won by the fastest person, Hmm?!
In a battle the obvious winner would be the strongest person but again this is not the case in this verse. The strongest person doesn’t win.
Are you getting the jist of all this? The obvious things are not the things that will make us successful. You cannot depend on strength, speed, wit and so on, even though they have their place. King Solomon boils it down to time and chance! People who knew the times and seasons were the ones who won!
I hope you see that you have a chance. You may be thin or overweight, called slow, and so on and so on but I want you to know you have a chance! Time and chance is going to happen to you. The question is, will you be able to recognise it when it comes? Will you be ready for it when it comes?
Just imagine if everything in your life stopped changing? What I mean is, what if everything in your life stopped improving?
The type of life you living would never change. Your salary would never change. Your health would never change.Your marriage would never get better. Can you imagine that? It would be hell on earth!
But to get all God has for us we need to be discontent with where we are in our lives. When we don’t see any “problems” with our lives we flatten out. It is only when we become restless with where we are that things begin to change.
You cannot change if you think everything is ok. You will not work for a car if you think walking is fine. You won’t push yourself to earn more money if you are satisfied with what you getting right now.
We need to get discontent with where we are if we are to grow.
Always remember that there is no growth without discontentment.
I would just like to make something clear. The Word is clear about being content with what we have. I am not challenging that at all. I thank God for all I have. I know there are people much better off than me be it financially, physically and so on but that does not move me. God has blessed me with what I have and I am grateful. I love my life,
but what I am talking about is something entirely different.
God wants to bless us beyond our wildest dreams. He wants us to accomplish all that He has for us but that won’t happen if we don’t push ourselves. That won’t happen if we don’t see bigger. That won’t happen if we don’t stretch ourselves.
So where are you in life? Are you happy with you are? I am not happy with the level I am living my life. There is so much more out there for me. I am going for it. Discontentment is healthy. Learn to create “problems” for yourself. Let me explain “problems” in the context of this post.
If you are touching 10 people a month but you are not happy with that and you want to touch 50 people instead that is called a “problem”.
An easier way of creating “problems” for yourself is setting goals. Do you have goals? My mentor says, without goals we will die.
Goals are very important if we are to grow.
So remember, without discontentment there is no growth.