Week 4: What Can I Do?
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going." -Ecclesiastes 9:10
We have been studying for a few weeks now about how we can maximize our season of living. So far we have covered three important questions we must ask ourselves to be able to do so. We covered:
Who am I?
Where am I from?
Why am I here?
The first three questions are questions based off of a source. The answers to these questions all come from that one source, God. They are answered by what simply is. Facts. Although they are facts, they are also the foundation needed for the next two questions we will be studying. The next two questions are what we do, and what we are able to do and the hope it gives our life. Today we are asking ourselves:
If I told you that 95% of us are living below our ability, what would be your next thought? And if I went further and said to you 95% of us die living a life that we settled for, what would that stir up in you?
95 percent! 95% out of 100 95%!
I love studying the word of God and what I love even more is the demand it places on our lives when we do study. Many of us take the bible and only see it as words and stories maybe, but it is beyond that. It is not just something we read and pick up during challenging moments, but something we study and spend time with as God opens us up to the understanding of His word. The word of God has very fundamental principles and is a manual to living life and maximizing your life. It truly gives you a very sturdy foundation to build on. Most of its philosophy is common sense. It illustrates cause and effect. If you do this, than this is what you will get. Let's look at the verse I placed above:
Earlier this year I had blogged about the power we hold and basically what the bible says about how we should use that power. I want you to keep this in mind as I take a step back....
Ability is defined as having the possession of the means and skills to do something and potential is having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something. When I ask myself WHAT CAN I, SARAH ANNE, DO? I am asking myself what are the skills and means that I have and what can I do with it. Now over 90%, that number is high but sadly is fact, of us haven't answered that questions. I am going further to say that even when we attempt to we get wary/tired because it may take us longer to figure it out.
I believe we have spent so much time imitating someone else's ability instead of tapping into ours. I know because I have done it. I lived through the ability of others. through the potential others seen in me, only 10%. I am now learning to live to my full capacity. So far it has opened me up in a way that is indescribable.
We have been answering what can we do the wrong way. When we imitate and morph ourselves into other people, we loose our identity and when we loose our identity, we loose our capability. Here are some questions that are helpful to pointing out your ability.
- What is my true power?
- What are my strengths?
For example, My true power is leading and my strength is organization. In that, I realized that I was always capable at receiving a task and executing it down to a T. Now working for other people I was building their company and investing in that when that was not God's intent for me. The gift that I possess is to glorify His kingdom, and better/ maximize my season of living, but most importantly teach others how to do the same. I believe one misconception we have when it comes to purpose or ability is that one is greater than another. That is not so. I have seen people walk in their purpose from starting with braiding hair because they are great at it, to moving on to owning their own business because their strength lied in management, to then moving on to teaching others because they possessed that gift to teach, and raising up others and showing them that they can be a part of the kingdom of God and be successful and be a light to others. Our purpose comes in many different blessings and many different rewards. Some people get the satisfaction of spreading the word of God in other countries not receiving a dime for it, but doing humanitarian work. That may be their purpose.
Going back to the verse above. What ever it is that we find our hands doing, we are urged to do it with all of our might and leaving nothing behind. God wants us to know that What ever it is that we do, to make sure that it is done with the capacity He has placed in us to execute it and to make sure that we do it all before we die. The bible says that there is nothing else in the grave that can be done.
What can I do? How can I be of an instrument to reflect God's likeness?
We are created to build, grow, create, reproduce, and do it all whole-heartily with power and authority. That is our given birth right. God's glory is reflected in that. To give back to Him the fruits of what He has given to us. We limit ourselves so much and we answer some of these questions in limitation. Be true to the power you possess, the ability you are given and how to execute it. We all have a specific ability in us and although they may seem the same, they operate totally different. We have complicated and confused our purpose by not giving birth to what is inside of us but rather adopting a replica! The key question is...
What can I do? What can YOU do?
Allow God to reveal the ability and potential placed inside of you. Allow Him to take you through the fire because it is all necessary to reveal the true strengths you hold. Allow yourself to see a season through! Do not abort the purpose inside of you. Like a baby, it needs to be matured through experiences and grow. We leave this question unanswered because we do not see our seasons through and we end up repeating them over and over again. Would you want to live a life wondering what you could do and die not living to your full capacity? Next week we unfold question 5:
Week 5: Where Am I Going?
Ecclesiastes 9:10-11New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.