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Don’t Settle for a “B”

Posted by admin February - 22 - 2010 - Monday

I found this quite appealing as I read my daily devotion the other morning. It points out how we as people have to strengthen our “spiritual” man as much as the physical if we want to lead a balanced life. The story goes like this:

Harvey MacKay tells the story of a professor who stood before his class of 30 senior molecular biolgy college students. Before passing out the final exam he said, “I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I know how hard you have worked to prepare for this test. I also know that most of you are off to medical school or grad school next Fall. I am well aware of hou much pressure you are under to keep your grade point averages up. Because I am confident that you know this material, I am prepared to offer an automatic B to anyone who opts to skip taking the final today.” The relief around the room was audible. A number of students jumped up from their desks, thanking the professor for the life line he had thrown them as they left the room. “Any other takers?” he asked. “This is your last opportunity.” One more student decided to leave. The instructor then handed out the final exam, which consisted of two sentences. It read: “Congratulations, you have just received an A in this class. Keep believing in yourself!” It was a just reward for the students who had worked hard and believed in themselves.

The Apostle Paul experienced more headaches and heartaches in a month than most of us will see in a lifetime! Yet he wrote, “I can do all things through Christ… who gives me the strength to do them.” (Phil. 4:13— the “Tebow verse!”)

Guys… start believing in yourself, in the Jesus Who wants to live within you, in the gifts He’s placed at your disposal, and the destiny to which He’s called you too.

I would add: start believing in your players too! Don’t let them settle for a “B” when they are capable of an A. You don’t accomplish that be belittling them or pushing them. I found that very few people like to be “pushed.” You get behind that donkey and try to shove him, he’s just going to sit down on his haunches and refuse to be moved. But… if you come around front, grab the reins, and start walking (leading him!), he will follow. That, to me, is the essence of leadership— getting out front and knowing how to motivate.

God bless you in your efforts.

Oh and… refuse to settle for a B when God has called you to an A!

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