About a year ago, I went to a wonderful school called Texas Bible Institute. This school challenged every aspect of my character and spiritual life, but it also brought out Leadership characteristics within me.
I remember there were girls that would just miss class. They would stay in their bed and stay asleep. Having been to college already, I took things more seriously. I said I am here not to obtain a degree or say I went to college but, I am here to grow in God, and I cannot do that sleeping. So, sometimes my roommate and I would try to get those girls up and tell them “You are here for a reason! Get up and take it seriously.”
It would be the people who think because they are so good at taking pictures, speaking, cleaning, singing, dancing, that they will always get chosen, or never be kicked out, and think they could get away with anything.
If you have an opportunity, especially one that not a lot of people have, do it to the best of your ability. Do not take things lightly. Everything you have, even the small things, are a PRIVILEGE. Stop doing the bare minimum and expecting God to bless it.
The person with talent, will NOT succeed if they do not have any drive but the person with drive is constantly improving because they are constantly improving their skill set.
There is a parable in the bible, called the parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-30, where a man gave a few of his servants some money. One guy hid it, and the other two invested it in some way that they doubled their money. God blessed the ones that did well with what God gave them but for the one that just hid it, God took even the little that he had away. So not only with money can you invest and improve, but with the gifts God gave you.
Some people have so much pride, that they say “Oh they need me.” So they think they can get away with doing certain things. Your talent will get you no where in life. I can bet my life’s salary that a person with much less talent, but a lot more obedience, drive and motivation will be chosen over a person with all the talent, but less drive and motivation. Anyone can learn to do something really well, but character cannot be taught.
Invest what God has given you. He has given you a gift, but your gift back to God is what you end up doing with it, and I am sure you would not want to give God a haphazard gift.
Most people in this world are talented at something, but what truly sets people a part is drive. Drive is the deep intrinsic desire to do something—-to make a difference in the world, to make your mark on whatever it is. It’s the, “I’m going to be something, I don’t care how long it takes, I don’t care what I have to do.” That means if you have to get up even if you are sick, then you do it. That means even if you have to work twice as hard to get something done, where someone else is just “naturally good” at it, then you still do it.
If you are in Community college, do the best you can. If you have to work at McDonald’s, work your way up to become manager. If you have to scrub toilets, scrub the toilets to the best of your ability that people are asking you to oversee the toilets in the whole building. Its not enough to just be a good singer, or good photographer. Be known for getting what you need to get done, no matter how small. Do not skip out on work, do not turn in late homework, do not always show up late, do not lie to save yourself. Be a person of integrity and steward well, what God has given you and honor those to which God put before you. King David was once a servant to the King, and then he became King.