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Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (1 Corinthians 9:24, NKJV.)
So many people today spend valuable time and energy trying to make everyone around them happy. They want to be approved, accepted and affirmed. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you can’t let the opinions of others become your focus or distract you from what God has called you to.
In the natural, when a professional runner races, you don’t see them looking around at the other runners, wondering how they are doing. No, they have their mind focused on one thing: the finish line. They don’t waste valuable energy comparing themselves or wondering what’s going on around them. Instead, they focus on winning the prize. This is how we should be in life—focused on winning the prize of the victor’s crown in life.
My challenge to you today is: run your race. Don’t let people squeeze you into their mold. Remember, you don’t have to try to play up to people. You don’t have to worry about what everyone else thinks. As long as you’re being true to what God has put in your heart, don’t look to the left or to the right. Stay focused on your goals. Run your race to win and honor God in everything that you do!

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. - Proverbs 4:25
I used to have a very strict teacher who always had her eyes on me. The minute I look to my left, she calls me. I look at my book, she calls me. I look in front, right at her, and she still calls me! And I think to myself, “where in the world am I suppose to look?!” Later on, however, she told me she wasn’t calling me because I wasn’t a good student, it was because she wants me to learn the most.
I wonder just how many times God has called me to look at Him. I guess sometimes, even when we’re looking right at the pulpit of our church, we’re not really looking at who we’re supposed to look at. We’re so focused on being Christians, we no longer focus at Christ himself. He doesn’t just want us to look, He wants us to pay attention to Him. So fix your gaze directly upon Him, because He wants you to experience His love the most! :) 

Series: The Proverbs by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #theproverbsseries

Design by: Alodie // Personal // Color Movement
Everyone has problems. 
There is the story of the man who had a reputation for extreme brevity. He was asked to give a speech. His topic was problems. He was told that a good speech had three points and a poem. He worked hard on developing three points and a closing poem.
The title of his speech was “Problems”.His speech follows:

Point #1: I got em.Point #2: You got em.Point #3: We all got em.
Closing poem: Adam had em.

Friend, in our spiritual journey, the enemy has strategically placed all kinds of stumbling blocks in our paths. When we make the Word of God our number one priority, it helps us to move forward with our eyes wide open. His Word lights our path and helps us see clearly where to step. When we love His Word, we keep our peace and avoid stumbling. Remember that the most important thing you can do is take time to read and meditate on His Word. His Word is life and strength to your body, and it will protect and direct your every step today!

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, AMP) 
Do the people around you see your light shining? Do they know you are a believer by your actions? Are you setting the bar in your office? Can people see your good works?
I know people who can quote half the Bible and pray two hours a day, but they have no influence or credibility because they’re sloppy in the workplace. They’re always late or wasting time. They’re not productive. They’re not efficient. No one will even listen to them.
I heard somebody say, “Your performance gives you a platform.” When you excel in what you do, that gets people’s attention. The way to gain respect, the way to gain influence is to develop your character and skills in such a way that people want what you have. They may not agree with what you believe, but when you are the best in your company, they can’t argue with that. You’ve earned their respect, not by your words, but by your spirit of excellence.
I encourage you today, don’t settle for mediocrity. You are a child of the Most High God. Make the decision today to let your light shine and bring Him glory in everything you do!
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