This old adage has been used by so many of us and so many times I doubt we could estimate an accurate count. These times can be accumulated verbally and mentally, but I suggest to you, this is more a mind game than verbal by far. The question to ask yourself is, am I teachable?
It helps to be desirous of knowledge to be teachable. For instance, I was so frustrated with our local grocery produce that at 62 years of age, I decided to grow my own tomatoes. Never have I grown anything but weeds in my yard. I wanted to be successful for sure so I began asking people I knew grew wonderful tomatoes for advice. With that advice and some trial, error and adjustments, my wife and I celebrated with our first tomatoe BLT last night and boy! was it ever good!
Without the good advice and commitment to follow from those experienced produce growers, I am quite sure I could not have had the same results that I enjoyed last night. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking we have all the answers or that we can do it better than anyone else and then inevitably we still have excuses and blame for our failures. So you see that humility is a key ingredient to being teachable and the beginning of knowledge and favor, Pro.3:34.
This simple but impactual statement I just made can also make the difference in your career path and work assignment in the marketplace. It can make the difference of whether you are successful or not. Do you seek advice and good counsel from respected, successful mentors or do you just ready, fire aim? Pro:15:22 says that “Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established”. The advice you receive should be a further confirmation of your hearts desire and the reassurance you are on the right path. Pro.16:9 says that “a man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Without that Divine direction, failure is more likely than success. The Holy Spirit has many ways to communicate with you and one of them is through others of like mind who can confirm your passion and heart’s desires and eventually your calling.
The coolest part of this entire process is that God has Divinely ordained you for a purpose on earth and along with that assignment, has offered you all the natural and supernatural abilities you will need to be a phenomenal success. But there are rules to follow and discipline required to achieve the best results.
Throughout the history of the bible and it’s hero’s we admire, you see this anointing; Joseph overseeing Egypt’s welfare, Daniel a similar role, Noah building an ark in the middle of the desert, Moses leading the people of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, the apostles with their healing and deliverance ministries, Paul managing the growth of the Church and John with his interpretation of Revelation. And I could go on and on.
That same special project is in your destiny but you have to be humble enough to accept it and then trust God to fill in your weaknesses and enhance your strengths. If you try and just do it your way as usual, you will never reach your supernatural potential, you will minimize your blessings and those destined for others through you and you will constantly wonder “could I have done more”?
The value of those referred to mentors can be just the confirmation to help you get on the right path for your Divine destiny. They can se a perspective of you that you may have never realized. Their discernment and knowledge can be just the edge you need to be in the timely season and perfect will of God, right on time. His time that is!
Lest we forget; seek the Lord with all your heart. Jer. 29:11-13, and you will find Him and His perfect will for you. So would you rather go on your highway or His?
Blessings….Rich Forster KBJ Publisher