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Personal Growth and Development: 3

‘A wise man has great power.’ Proverbs 24:5 NIV

Are you losing interest in your work or your studies? Are those exciting big plans you had for your future now covered in cobwebs? You can’t claim to be having a mid-life crisis, you’re too young, but maybe a quarter-life crisis? The truth is, we lose interest in those things because we lose interest in growing. Think about people who experience the highest levels of energy and creativity in what they do. They’re big picture thinkers who are passionate about what they do. They’re also usually people who are constantly learning and expanding their experience—people who never lose interest in their work, or in life.

Ok, now think about growing peanuts. Dull, right? Not to George Washington Carver. He studied them, developed them, discovered hundreds of different uses for them, and became so famous he was invited to the United States Congress to explain the secret of his success. Here’s what he told them: ‘God created the peanut. So I just asked Him to tell me what could be done with it, and He showed me.’ It’s that simple. God’s designed the earth to be cultivated, and for His people to flourish. Ask Him. Spending time expanding your knowledge and experience about those mundane, everyday things, is the way to get your interest to start to grow. God promises to give heavenly wisdom if you ask. And He says: ‘A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.’ God’s ready to fill your bank of knowledge, you just need to ask.

SoulFood: Acts 20–21, Matt 2:1–12, Ps 144:9–15, Prov 11:12–13

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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