Would you rather buy fish at the grocery store or go to a lake and catch a fish? There’s almost no point in even asking this question because we’re probably all thinking the grocery store is the better option, but is it? If you go to the grocery store to buy fish, you’ll be spending money at the grocery store to buy fish for the rest of your life, but if you go to the lake to catch a fish, not only will you get to eat for free, but you can also make money doing that by teaching other people how to fish.
While we can’t do everything ourselves, it’s a valuable characteristic in a person to have a desire to learn something new. If we’re going to make an impact in this generation that will impact the next generation, we can’t just think about going to the store every day to buy fish, metaphorically speaking, but we need to see beyond our own lives and envision ourselves living a life that demonstrates the Kingdom of God everywhere we go.
When I got my first car, I didn’t know anything about cars. But after watching youtube videos and looking at online tutorials, I learned how to fix my car whenever it broke, and today I can fix almost anything on a car. Now imagine if I, with my knowledge about cars, worked every day for 4o years at Walmart. While some people may not see anything wrong with that, it’s a waste of a life to have a skill that God has given you and never put it to use.
If I really wanted to, I could easily start my own automotive business and make really good money for myself, which is all good, but what I’m really getting at is that the skills God has given us should be used to demonstrate His crazy love to people who don’t know what real love is.
For example, when I was in Mozambique in 2016, I learned that lots of people need help to fix their cars since good honest mechanics are hard to come by in a third world country like Mozambique. Up until that point, I never thought that fixing cars could be a ministry, but it really is.
One of the reasons why people often don’t want to learn anything new is because as we get older, we tend to get comfortable with a routine that is selfishly centered around our own happiness. Learning something new is not for your benefit, but it’s for the benefit of other people that will learn something valuable from you once you become an expert.
One of the biggest reasons most people don’t want to learn something new is because it’s hard work and very frustrating in the beginning. When you try something new, you’re going to fail. And then you’re going to try again, and you’re going to fail again. And when you finally think you got it, You’re going to fail again. But you can’t give up just because things didn’t work out like you expected, you’ve got to keep trying.
What separates a person who fails from a person who is a failure is that the person who fails keeps trying until he succeeds. You only become a failure when you give up on what God told you to do and submit to a comfortably miserable and self-gratifying lifestyle. Never stop trying, never stop learning, and never give up on what you know you’re supposed to be doing because if you don’t quit, you’ll eventually see your promise fulfilled (read John 14:14).
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