Here is a sequel to my earlier blog post entitled - "Adding value to others by adding value to self". This time I am quoting Mr. John C. Maxwell because I read this in his book - The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's day. Revitalize your Spirit and Empower your Leadership.
How to make ourselves valuable according to God's words:
1. Constantly IMPROVE ourselves.
So how do we do that? Make an assessment, try one skill like cooking or baking. If you think you are good in cooking "Kare-Kare", try another one like "Kaldereta" or "Mechado" or tweak the recipes and replace the ingredients like beef to oxtail in Kare2 or beef to "kambing" in Kaldereta, or use pure tomatoes in Mechado and not canned tomato sauce. For baking, if you've baked cookies, try brownies or cakes, then move on to the challenging ones like sponge cakes, tiramisu or Braso de Mercedes. The samples provided refer to VARIATION, or doing a different way to achieve a different result. Here's another one, if you can run 5 kilometres in 25 minutes, beat it by trying to finish in 12 minutes....or if you can type 45 wpm, practice more to be able to do 60 wpm. Set a target and meet or exceed it. We call it KPI or KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS - set of values use to measure the performance and meet the goals. Try to increase or decrease your numbers. Simple improvement strategies can not be measured rather the RESULTS indicate improvement. If you used to always miss the bus, and you did something and now you are earlier than the bus, that means you've improved in managing your time or maybe the bus schedule changed. You alone can say which is which. :) the important thing is you've learned to accept the need to improve and you're doing something about it. Do not be COMPLACENT! Once you've accomplished something, no matter how dramatic the change or result was, continue to improve. You'll be amazed at that potential God embedded in you. You just have to start at something.
2. STRENGTHEN your hands and knees. "Hebrews 12:12"
Remember the motto of the body builders, no pain, no gain. Exert some effort. It will not just happen. You need to initiate something.
3. RENEW your minds. "Roman 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your minds."
The brain is located on the top most part of our body. That indicates that everything starts from the top, from our brain. I remember it in science, the brain sends signals to the body parts before it starts to function. I call it MINDSET...whatever the mind conceives, the body achieves. Try it, tell your brain to always think about accomplishing something and you will be able to finish it, the same goes if you always think about negative things - complaining, fear, "can't do it", worry, it-will-not-work attitude, what do you think is accomplished? Nothing!
4. Desire and USE GOD-GIVEN Gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:27-31
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God loves us and values us. He wants us to be valuable so we can give and add value to others.