DON’T SET UP YOURSELF FOR FAILURE

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Ecclesiastes 9:11
"I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all."

People who overestimate and overrate their talents often do so at their own peril. They put unrealistic demands on their talents to work out their success without exhibiting the drive, resilience and diligence to accomplish their goals. The truth is that men of skills are not always successful. That is why over reliance on your talent is not a license for success and can make you fall short of expectations. The Bible says a man who is diligent in his business will stand before kings and not before mere men. Are you placing huge demands on your talent to perform miracles for you while loafing away valuable hours in pursuit of nonessentials? It will rather do you a heap of benefits if you begin to apply yourself to pursue your goals with all diligence while leveraging your talents.

Also, underestimating the time and scope of your vision, assignment and pursuit would make you fall short of your goals. This explains why you need to gauge your workload and front-load yourself with the required zeal, drive and effort that would make your dream come true. Hence, failing to put in the time and effort required to reach your goal would bring you nowhere near your desired expectation. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you don't get off the starting block, while thinking that you have all the time in the world. David understood the significance of preparing for the construction of God's temple. Even though the Lord God didn't allow him to build His house, he made abundant provision for the project, which Solomon his son appropriated for the building. If you keep procrastinating the preparation for stardom, you run the risk of keeping yourself on the sidelines and off the spotlight, until you swing into action.

Finally, underestimating God's grace in your pursuit of success could also make you fall short of your expectation. When Samson gave away the secret of his power and got his hair shaved, he never realised God's Spirit wasn't with him any longer. And as his manner was, he thought he could turn the screws on the Philistines with his strength. As pointed out by a renowned theologian, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, it wasn't in character for Samson to acknowledge God for the victory he accomplished over his adversaries. Although Samson flaunted his strength when his enemies proceeded against him, his strength failed him. Are you keeping God at the back burner, thinking you can become a success without committing your ways into His hands? Have a rethink today and allow Him to lead the way and to help you straighten out the crooked paths leading up to your stardom. Also evaluate the demand your goals would place on your time to enable you plan for the future you desire. May you keep experiencing and reaping the harvest of success day in, day out in Jesus name.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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