Dedication and reflection

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings;
he will not serve before obscure men.
(Proverbs 22:29 (NIV))

Skill is a combination of natural abilities and a dedication to your craft. Many times it is more dedication that eventually gets the attention of others, for a person who is naturally talented but has not dedication will not strive to complete the task at hand.

How many times have you seen someone who is truly skilled in an area, but they do not pursue it? They simply waste the talents that God has given them. They have no desire to see what God has in store for them.

It is those individuals who have been given a talent and who are willing to perfect it through repeated use that eventually find themselves in the midst of those who truly appreciate this talent. They are thorough and very good at what they do.

What makes the difference between these two types of individuals?

Perhaps it is attitude!

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:17 (NIV))

If you do everything as if you were doing it for God, how would you perform? Would you remember the ultimate and priceless gift of grace and mercy that was freely given to you? Would you desire to perform to the best of your ability as a way to show gratitude for this gift? Think about what God has given you through the gift of His Son, Jesus. Are you grateful? Do your actions and your labors show it?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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