johnwoodenquoteI know many of us wrestle with improving our weaknesses rather than honing our strengths. But, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan exhort us, “When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at anything you want, your approach should always be the same. Go small. ‘Going small’ is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It’s realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.” Keller, Gary; Keller, Gary; Papasan, Jay; Papasan, Jay. (The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (p. 8). Bard Press. Kindle Edition.) I lift this quote about ‘going small’ because we waste time and overcomplicate our lives when we don’t take one thing and make it better.

Now, think about it? What would make the greatest difference? Making one small improvement to a weakness or making one small improvement to something to which we are already very good. Let me ask you a different way. Since Jesus said, we are the light of the world, which would make us grow brighter- a slight improvement in our weakness or a small refining work to what we do best?

I believe we should focus on our strengths and focus on improving them one degree at a time. Delegate out for your weaknesses, like the disciples who called for their partners when their nets began to break under the blessing of God. They didn’t stop and try to mend their deficient nets; they spread the weight of their catch out with others.

This is the observation I got out of my reading today, especially when I read Psalm 4: 2. “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after deception? Selah.” God says we have been set apart to reflect God’s individual handiwork and glory and that we should be glad we are unique. In light of that God asks, how long are we going to try to change what we do well into something we’re embarrassed about, or how long are we going to waste our time turning ourselves into somebody that’s not who we are?

Remember, God says, ‘I set you apart for Myself’. Don’t waste your energy and time trying to satisfy someone else’s desire for you to be more like them.