In the second chapter of Maximizing Your Potential, Myle Monroe asks a question that can be troubling if you really step back and think about it. He asks, "If you died tomorrow, what would be left unfinished?" For me, it would be three books that are not in print - but finished. It occurred to me that although it is a wonderful accomplishment that I have been able to write a couple more books - two of which are novels which were major breakthroughs in my life - of what consequence would it be if I died and they were never published? Although God delivered me of procrastination some years back, I still tend to use excuses for not getting things done in a timely manner. The fact is, if in my heart, I really believe that God has given me a gift that will improve the lives of others and impart insight that will be a blessing, I need to treat the offspring of that gift as the sacred treasure that it is. In other words, inside of me is a divine treasure that once released and shared can touch and multiply tremendously.
If you died tomorrow, what would be left undone? It is a powerful thing to think about and reflect upon. If nothing would be left undone because you have done nothing worthwhile with your life, that's one thing. Its a whole other thing if you have gifts that would bless the world and have started things but not finished them.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
I tend to be very careful about the books that I recommend, but this one is a keeper!!!! And, it has an excellent workbook in the back of it so that you can begin immediately to reflect and strategize about using the information right away. I've been telling anybody who will listen to purchase this book. I'd like to do a synopsis of each chapter in my weekly blog for those of you who are too lazy to go out and purchase the book and apply its principles to your life. The title of the first chapter is Why Maximize? Here is the subscript that introduces this chapter, "Nothing is more irritating, guilt-producing, and incriminating than an unfinished book; live to your last chapter."
In this chapter, Monroe shares that while traveling in Europe a friend invited him to take a drive on the autobahn. As you know, travelers are allowed to drive as fast as they want on the autobahn. His host in Germany invited him to go as fast as he wanted to with the only limitation being he would not be able to go any further than what the car was built to travel. Hold on to that point, we'll come back to it in a moment. As Monroe opened up the power of his vehicle, he found himself initially trapped by his conditioning of limitations. As his host kept challenging, he was able to get past that internal mechanisms that probably told him it was illegal to go so fast. When he got to 120 mph, he says a Mercedes Benz cruised past him at 150 mph. That is when his host turned to him and said, "So you see, you are not traveling as fast as you can, but only as fast as you will." Get the point? Once we get past our sense of limitations and what we can't do and how we aren't cut out to accomplish certain objectives, then we must deal with the fact that no matter what you have accomplished, it probably was not as much as you could have willed it to be. Finally, the only limitations you really have are the ones that God placed in you when he built you. Think about that for a week, and join me for the second chapter entitled, "How to Become Your Potential."
- Elaine Rose Penn
- As a preacher and public speaker, Elaine Rose Penn has been described as "bad to the bone!" She has gained a national and international platform as a motivational speaker, trainer, life purpose coach, and an author of two books currently available on Amazon.com. Her novel, "When Kingdoms Fall: A Novel About the Fall of Lucifer" is due for publication in a few months and is a sure winner for readers who love Biblical suspense, action, mystery, and intrigue!