An ingenious ability…

                                    …a unique ability!

Human beings are not only unique in their make-up and ability,
… but they are also unique in their needs and demands!
So how do we deal with or respond to this uniqueness?

Well… in our toolkit of unique abilities,
there is that thing called … ingenuity!

      Imaginative, creative, inventive, original, resourceful, skilful …
      simply – ingenious!

And it is this ability that we have that enables us
… to make use of natural elements,
… to utilize available resources,
… to beneficially apply natural laws,
that challenges us to look beyond the problem,
… to visualise and find a resourceful solution,
in order to meet or satisfy our unique demands.

In other words,
      we are not only ingenious in the way we solve problems,
      … but we are also ingenious in unearthing challenges.
      Why?
      Because of our desire to live, grow, develop and increase,
      … and therefore we are constantly looking into the unknown,
      wanting to use and express what is in us
      … that ingenious, unique ability to visualise
      … and get to materialise our unique pictures!
      To do more, better, develop and uncover the unknown.

      I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
      Marvellous are Your works,
      And that my soul knows very well.
      Ps 139 14

 

Looking for success…

                              …it is in you!

We all want to be successful,
… hoping for a lucky break,
… for an opportunity to come our way,
… for someone to offer us a fantastic deal,
or that God will help us become successful!

And God wants you to be successful,
… He wants to help you be successful!

BUT…
asking or expecting God to make you successful,
… won’t work!
Because success is already in you.

      You have to recognise what is in you,
      … find out from God what He has prepared for you,
      then, you have to act on what God’s prepared for you,
      … and you have to live out what God has put in you!

Therefore God says to us …

      For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
      plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
      plans to give you hope and a future.
      Jer 29 11

When you trust Him for your future,
… He will surely help you,
and He will make sure
that you are successful!
 

Are we ALL equal

                                        … or different?

Are we all equal? … of course we are!
Are we all different? … for sure we are!

      Are men and women really equal?
      … of course they are
      … and should be treated as such.
      We are and therefore should all be
      … equal before the law,
      and should all have the same possibilities,
      … and also the same opportunities!

But, are we all the same?
… Of course not!
Not only do our physical differences tell us that,
but also our differing abilities or capabilities.
However …
neither our differing abilities or capabilities,
.. nor our physical differences
disqualify us from all being equal.

      Praise God that He did not create robots,
      … but beautiful unique individuals
      that are equal before Him in love!

      there is no partiality of persons with Him.
      Eph 6 9

And so should you also see yourself
… as you truly are
different, special, uniquely YOU!
 

Benefitting from…

                                                       yourself!

 
There is so much around us that we can benefit from,
but …
even though we can draw from the achievements of others,
no one truly benefits from what someone else has done
nor will you achieve much in life
… unless you develop your own abilities!

      Sure you can and should look at what others have done,
      … for ideas, inspiration and direction.
      But only as you start looking at what is in you,
      … at your own abilities and develop your own vision,
      only then will you find true inspiration and real success!

The ability is there in you
… and possibilities are in front of you,
but they will only become a reality in your life,
… when you start putting a demand on them
by DOING something!

      Consider this truth or reality,
      … if you can think it, it IS possible,
      maybe not exactly as you first visualise it,
      … BUT it is possible!

Believe in yourself, and what is in you will come out.

How?
Start making a demand on your abilities,
… by noting the potential you see or believe there is.
visualise and develop what you have perceived or seen,
then the potential that is in YOU will begin to be released,
and the abilities that are in you will start working for you!

      But do you want to know, O foolish man,
      that faith without works is dead?
      James 2:20

 

An Inquiring mind

                                … not just an inquisitive being!

 
Mankind is not just inquisitive, as for instance,
      ‘what does this button do?’
Mankind studies things not just to find out what they are,
… but what they can do and what they can be used for.
In other words,
looking for the value of, and value in, all of creation.

This uniqueness is at the centre of mankind’s existence,
… and is recorded in mankind’s first interaction with God,
in which He laid the foundation for mankind’s existence.
      Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;
      Gen. 1:28

Then God elaborated on that statement by saying,
      … the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there
… of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
      Gen. 2:8-17

Why, what and wherefore?

Mankind was endowed with special abilities,
… abilities that man was to use to harness the resources of the earth,
and use his abilities and the available resources, to
think, visualize, plan and develop beyond his physical limitations
and achieve what no other known living creature is capable of.
      Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;
      Gen. 1:28

Stop looking at what God or someone else can do for you,
… but recognise and use the potential and abilities that God has given you,
Consciously decide to uncover and activate your abilities,
… then rely on Him to help you fulfil all that He has purposed for you.

      However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
      He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority,
      but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
      John 16:13

 

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Use your Imagination

                                      … it’s powerful!

 
      Imagination makes you see something
      … that you may never have thought possible.
      Kids have wonderful imaginations,
      … which only goes to prove that
      imagination is a natural part of our makeup.

This process or ability should never be allowed to stop,
and all we should do is to add faith to that dream!

      Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
      the evidence of things not (yet) seen.
      Hebrews 11:1

Today’s journey is a stepping stone to tomorrow’s reality,
… and what you do and put time and effort into today,
is what lays the foundation of what you will achieve tomorrow.

      Dreams and imaginations have no expiry date,
      … and will work for you every day of your life.
      However, if you are going to win in life,
      … you have to make up your mind that you are able.
      And when you decide that
      … you are a success going somewhere to succeed,
      that is when you start winning in life.

Sure we all need help, and help is available,

      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Philippians 4:19

If you put your imagination and abilities in God’s hands,
He will put His imagination and abilities in your hands.

      … and what is the exceeding greatness of His power
      toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
      Ephesians 1:17-20

 

Follow the Blueprint

                           … and know where you are going!
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As technology increases, too often so does our dependence,
… on pre-programmed applications, tablets or smart phones.
And although these can make us more productive,
… they do not necessarily make us more skilful or knowledgeable.

      We know what the APP can do,
      … but we have no idea how it works.
      We can get the right answer,
      … without knowing if it is truly right or how we got there.
      Yes we can follow a GPS,
      … yet not know where we are!
      And when the battery dies, we have no idea where to go!

Technology is great, but are you in control,
… or is technology controlling you?

If you want to get the best, the ultimate out of what you have,
… you need the knowledge and insight in what you are using.
You need to know why and how it works,
… or you will not be able to use its full potential!

      Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.
      And in all your getting, get understanding.
      Prov 4:7

You need the blueprint,
to understand and know what you have in your hands
so you will not only know its capabilities and potential,
but also use that knowledge to develop what is in your hands!

      The same applies to life here on earth,
      … you need to know God’s blueprint for your life,
      … and become the master over your circumstances,
      and achieve all God has planned for your life!

 

Dynamic Man

                      What makes you what you are?
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What is it that makes man different to the rest of creation?
… those attributes or characteristics that are peculiar to man,
that make man dynamic, productive, perceptive and inventive?

      MAN has the ability to visualize & functionalize,
      whilst also considering the effects of his actions!
      MAN not only thinks, but is spurred on by his imagination,
      reaching out beyond his natural and known environment!

      and now nothing will be restrained from them,
      which they have imagined to do.
      Genesis 11:6

At the same time, man is also the only known species or earthly being,
that has not limited himself to his natural environment,
but has purposefully involved himself with the extraterrestrial,
that reaches beyond the natural or known environment,
… and dares to enter that unknown realm – (outer space)
that he has not only been dreaming of, but actually has ventured to go.

      There is obviously something unique about man,
      … an intellectual or conceptive ability,
      … an impelling driving force,
      that reaches deeper or beyond this physical earth,
      … that originates from outside the earth we are on.

      Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image,
      according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…
      over all the earth.
      Genesis 1:26

 

Think you know?

                           … do you really?

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      We are often quick to say we know,
      and it is easy to say,
      … I know what to do!
      … I know how that works!
      But,
      do you really know what you think you know?

There is one sure way of finding out what you know,
simply go tell someone else!

      Tell them what it is you think you know,
      … and explain to them
      exactly how to do what you are saying!

I can still remember a young Chemistry teacher,
… who had just started teaching at our school.
Each and every one of his chemistry experiments,
just never worked!
And I can still hear his comment afterwards,
another successful flop!

      So, to make sure you know what you think you know,
      … and not to be exposed as a flop?
      Simply show what you know to someone else!

 

Tests and Trials


 

      The secret to overcoming tests & trials
      … lies in the choices you make.

Life is full of tests, trials and temptations,
… tests and trials that no one wants,
… and that we would rather do without.

Yet the Bible encourages us to,
      count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
      knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
      James 1:2-3

Surely we would be better off without trials and temptations?
Actually no, we would not, because …

      If there are no tests or temptations,
      … we will not live or be what we were created to be!
      God created us with a free will,
      … to face challenges and take responsibility,
      … and make decisions based on His principles!

So, what is the secret to dealing with tests, trials and temptations?
The secret lies not in avoiding tests and trials,
but in making the right choice, based on God’s principles,
then standing strong on that decision,
… until the negative is overcome!

      But let patience have its perfect work,
      that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
      James 1:4

Victory is not in avoiding challenges,
but in facing challenges and temptations,
using your free will to stand strong on what is right.

      That is what builds character,
      that is what perfects and completes us,
      and …
      that is what overcomes tests, trials and temptations!