Tuesday, September 16, 2008

One thing

Can you guess who this is? He's extremely important to his team, yet he's not very well known. He is one of the best at what he does, but what he does goes highly unnoticed by the casual fan.
His name is Rhys Lloyd. He's a kicker for the Panthers and all he does is kickoff. He doesn't kick field goals, he doesn't punt, he only kicks off. He does one thing that most teams take for granted. Why would the Panthers allow a player who does one small thing take an extremely important roster spot? Because he does what he does really well. If you can find a guy that gives you ten yards everytime he touches the ball, you want him on your team. That's what Rhys Lloyd does, he kicks the ball in the end zone on almost every kickoff. Which has given the Panthers defense an approximate average of 10 less yards they have to defend against for the opposing team to get in the end zone. He's a small part of why the Panthers are 2-0 this year.
What does this have to do with anything spiritual? Glad you asked. If you can do something really well, you should develop it even further. Some people will tell you to focus on improving your weaknesses. I recently learned it is just as important (perhaps even more important) to work on your strengths. As John Maxwell says, on a scale of 1 to 10 the highest you can get if you work hard at a particuar thing is 2 notches. So, if you are a 3, the highest you could probably get if you worked really hard is a 5, which is still mediocre. However, if you are a 6 or 7 at something and your work really hard at it, you could possibly raise that level to an 8 or a 9, which is getting close to being one of the best at what you do. The point is, if you can do one thing really well, you should focus on growing that gift or talent into something of excellence. God has gifted each one of us with something, are developing that gift? Are you building on your strengths and gaining confidence in yourself and in God, or are you focusing on your weaknesses and hoping to improve something that you might not be able to become excellent at anyway? I hope you will think about it.

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