LBL LUNCH TIME PRAISE, PRAYER & BIBLE STUDY SESSION
TUESDAY 10TH MARCH 2015.
Who Advises You?
Proverbs 19:20 (AMP) 20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.
(John 15:16 ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit!’)
You may be good at what you do. Indeed, you may be better than most, but without the help of others you will never be as good as you could be. You will never reach your highest potential without a good adviser. It is impossible.
Why would for example a world-class tennis player need a coach, especially one who is not as good on the court as he or she is? André Agassi answered the question this way: ‘Tennis requires subtle adjustments crucial to winning and my coach, Gill, is the best at making them. The older I get, the more valuable he becomes.’ Why is that? Because age and experience don’t necessarily make you better; often they just deepen the rut you’re in.
In life, as in sports, you never reach the point where you don’t need good input. Yet many of us operate under the misguided assumption that because we lead, we don’t need to be led. We make the mistake of measuring ourselves against others instead of our own God-given potential and in the end we never become what we could have been.
Self-evaluation is important, but the evaluation of others is crucial. Who are you accountable to? And I do not mean God or your spouse. Hopefully you are not your own king /queen / boss!
A good coach measures your performance against your strengths, not somebody else’s. That’s because he or she knows what you’re capable of and they will push you to your limit. And by the way, good coaches are constantly on the scene observing, not back at the office waiting for a report. That is because they are personally invested in your success; a win for you is a win for them. So who is your coach – humanly speaking?
Ruth needed Naomi and Timothy needed Paul. Who mentors you in your spiritual walk? Who knows your struggles and your strengths and can tell you what you NEED to hear in love and not paper over things? And I don’t mean your spouse or girl / boyfriend in this context.
To excel and reach our potential we all need someone who is passionate about our development and progress in all areas of our lives. One who is always bugging you but with the sole purpose for you to improve, get better and reach your potential. Indeed Iron sharpens iron in a general context, but who advises you?
Pray to the Father if you do not have one so that God can bring that person into your life.
Thank God for that person if you have one and ask for wisdom so that the relationship can excel.