I believe God is already doing great things in your life, as you adhere to the teachings of this month. In the first part of this teaching, I unveiled some basic ways to develop oneself for the future. I also said you are meant to be single and useful, not single and useless.
I like to emphasize that how you carry and comport yourself with elegance, without any pretence or ingenuity, goes a long way to determine how well you take responsibility for your life. This understanding will indisputably bring you added value, meaning, joy and fulfilment. This will augment your worth and acceptance, thereby bringing you fulfilment in life.
In this second segment, I’ll like to emphasize on discipline, which is the hallmark of greatness. This will help you to discover how to take control of your life, by setting goals and taking concrete steps to achieve them, in pursuit of greatness and excellence in life.
Everyone loves to be great; everyone loves to excel in life’s adventure. But how many are ready to pay the price for it? Someone said, “Life is not a sprint; it’s a long distance race.” No wonder God’s Word says: And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things (1 Corinthians 9:25).
To secure your future, you must learn to discipline your behaviour. That means, if you must arrive at the colourful future you dream of, it is expedient for you to put yourself under a disciplined self-programme that helps to monitor your advancement on the journey of life.
Discipline is usually for improvement. It is the ability to regulate your conduct by principle and sound judgment, rather than by impulse, desire, peer-pressure, or social custom.
Self-discipline is one of the hardest qualities to achieve in personal development. For example, instead of going out with friends to play, you must be able to control yourself (sometimes) to stay back and study. Self-discipline means that you have to be very determined, to achieve the goals you have set.
Without goal-setting, it is very difficult to go far in life. So, before you start a project or work, be sure to set a target, a goal. A wise man said, “Goal setting is the strongest force for human motivation. So, set a goal and make it come true.”
Another principle of self-discipline is to have a strong desire to achieve your goal. When you have a goal, make sure you pursue it to fulfilment (1 Corinthians 9:26-27). Also, persevere in spite of failure. You need to persevere in whatever you are doing. Refuse to give up easily (Philippians 3:13-14).
Briefly, let’s look at some vital secrets that will enhance your pursuit of personal development:
Discovering your life’s purpose entails engaging in doing something that interests you. There’s something that you were genuinely created for, to accomplish on this earth. God’s Word says: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…and I ordained thee… (Jeremiah 1:5). This discovery will influence every other aspect of your life for happiness, satisfaction and fulfilment. May you find it on time!
Note that you didn’t just happen; you were made – specially crafted to be a new creature and an ambassador of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, 20), a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9), salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). It is the understanding of all these that will definitely enhance your personal development in no small measure.
God’s Word says: Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6). The cares, riches and pleasures of this life choke up the destinies of many, thereby robbing them of the exemplary lifestyle they are destined to live (Luke 8:14). Instead, learn to talk to God about every area of concern in your life. Endeavour to live each day of your life as it comes, to the full. You shall not fail!
To benefit from the points unveiled above, you need to surrender your life to Christ by confessing your sins and accepting Him as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready to be born again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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