One salesman we heard of was a master of diplomacy. His boss was going to send him to Ottawa in the middle of January on some business. “I would rather you send someone else,” replied the salesman. “Why is that?” asked his boss. “It’s too cold this time of year,” the salesman answered. “Besides, there’s nobody in Ottawa but hockey players and ugly women.” His boss sat upright in his chair: “Hold it one minute,” he protested. “My wife is from Ottawa!” Without a moment’s hesitation the salesman shot back, “What position does she play, sir?”
Diplomacy is one of those jewels hidden in the Kingdom of God that each one of us can find if we seek for it. “Seek and ye shall find,” Jesus declared. “He that seeketh findeth” (Matthew 7:7-8). Wise people do not catch a falling star and put it in their pocket. They are diligent to strive for greatness. It takes hard work and discipline. If we desire excellence we will push ourselves to be a cut above. True wisdom never requires recognition, it just speaks for itself. It’s a gift.
Making people great is what God does. He is committed to giving us what we need and, believe it or not, what we desire. Paul the apostle wrote, “But covet earnestly the best gifts…” (I Corinthians 12:31). He encourages God’s people to have a strong desire to be the best. The three D’s that help keep us on track are: be decisive, diligent, and dedicated to being the best. First, we have to decide what we want to do with our lives then we must be diligent and dedicated to pursuing our decision. Too many people have been stunted by indecisiveness.
Deciding to leave the noise and traffic behind, a city family headed for the wide open plains. Intending to raise cattle, they bought a western ranch with a hundred acres. Some friends came to visit them a few months later and asked what they had named the ranch. The father spoke up and said, “Well, I wanted to call it the Flying W and my wife wanted to name it the Suzy Q, but one of our sons like the Bar J and our daughter preferred the Lazy Y. So we compromised and call it the Flying W/Suzy Q/Bar J/Lazy Y ranch. One of the friends spoke up and asked, “Well, where are your cattle?” “None of them survived the branding!” replied the father.
Indecisiveness can be a killer. We must determine that we were made by God for a purpose then be diligent and dedicated to pursuing that purpose. History teaches us that great people followed God’s plan for their lives. They became putty in the hands of God for Him to form for His glory.
It is obvious that when we fulfill God’s plan we are successful, people are blessed, and God gets the glory. When we give glory to God for our blessings He in turn gives us more favor and increase. I can say for a fact that it is a wise decision to honor God by giving Him the glory. The decision causes Him to direct our paths and to supply all of our needs. For more info you can visit us at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.