Last week we considered three characteristics: #1 Recognizes/takes advantage of opportunities, #2 Resourceful, #3 Creative.
#4 INDEPENDENT THINKING
In the early 1920s a German Jew named Albert Einstein challenged almost 300 years of commonly accepted Newtonian physics with the theory of relativity. This discovery played a major role in catapulting the 20th Century into an unprecedented era that exploded with scientific discoveries.
The Berean believers were commended for their healthy, independent thinking,
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Act. 17:11)
Question: Are you willing to step outside the norm and think in new realms?
#5 HARD WORKER
Thomas Edison, who gave the world a myriad of modern conveniences, commented, Genius is ninety-nine percent perspiration and 1% inspiration. It took him ten thousand tries to find the right materials for the incandescent light bulb.
What pity [Jesus] felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. The harvest is so great, and the workers are so few, he told his disciples. (Matt. 9:36-38 Living excerpts) The term worker here connotes the idea of a toiler-teacher.
Question: In your efforts to build the Kingdom of God, and complete your calling, are you toiling, or dabbling?
Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Roosevelt stood before Congress and declared, We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. Upon the heels of that statement of courageous optimism, Americas industries were converted into a massive war effort that eventually crushed Hitler and the Axis powers.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)
Question: The future is as bright as the promises of God. Are you demonstrating that assertion to be true?
To be continued next week.
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