Making an effort

On Christmas Day my husband was working – he works in a hospital so somebody has to. Therefore I knew that I would be home alone, I happened to be chatting to a friend who was talking about all the people who would be going round to their house, so I ended up inviting myself round as well. I figured if you don’t ask, you don’t get. I ended up having a lovely Christmas lunch, and all because I asked.

Our Bible verse this week encourages us to take those bold steps, but not in inviting ourselves round for dinner but in prayer to the Father. In Matthew 7:7 it says

“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”

It is so easy for us to complain when things don’t go the way we want them, or if we don’t achieve what we want to but, the question we always have to ask ourselves is…. Did we put the effort in?

Our thought for the week comes from Winston Churchill who says

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential”

I love this quote because it shows that we all have potential, but we are the only ones who can bring that potential out. If you see any professional athlete, dancer, singer, musician, actor they are the ones who have had to keep putting in the effort to get better, to develop their skills, it couldn’t just happen because they wanted it to.

What is it that you are passionate about? Where do you need to put in more effort? What will that effort be?

Prayer: father God, thank you that you have given us all gifts, and strengths. Help us to put in the effort to develop those to be a blessing to others and to glorify you. Amen

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