Daily Readings from Become a Better You
IF YOU ONLY KNEW
John 4:1–42 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
IN JOHN 4
, Jesus met a woman at a well in Samaria, and He asked her for a drink of water. She was surprised, because back then, the Jews didn’t have anything to do with the Samaritans. She said, “How can you ask me for a drink?”
Jesus said, “If you knew who I was, you would ask me for a drink, and I would give you living water.”
The woman thought Jesus was talking about literal water. She said, “Sir, you don’t even have anything with which to draw water. You don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep. How can you possibly give me water?”
I wonder how many times God tells us that He wants to do something great in our lives, that we are going to be healthy and well, that we are going to get out of debt. We feel it strongly, but like the woman at the well, we start thinking about what we don’t have and all the obstacles in our path, and before long we’ve talked ourselves out of God’s best.
“That could never happen for me. I don’t have the education; I don’t have the talent; I don’t have the discipline. I’ll never break this addiction; I’ll never accomplish my dreams.” No, you must quit
looking at what you don’t have and start believing that all things are possible.
I never dreamed that I’d be doing what I am doing today, encouraging people around the world. For seventeen years, my father tried to get me to speak at our home church, but I had no desire. I’m naturally quiet and reserved and would much prefer working behind the scenes. The key is to get your eyes off your problems and onto your God.
But when my father went to be with the Lord, I knew I was supposed to step up. Although I had never preached before, never had been to seminary, and had no formal training, I said, “God, I’m not going to look at what I don’t have. I’m looking unto You. I know in my weakness, You show up the strongest.” I took that step of faith, and God has taken me places I never dreamed of.
He can do the same for you. Don’t get stuck in a rut in your attitude, your career, or your marriage. You have incredible potential within you—much more than you may realize! God is not limited to the laws of nature. He can do what human beings cannot. The key is to get your eyes off your problems and onto your God.
When God puts a dream in your heart, it may look impossible in the natural. Every voice may tell you it will never happen. “You’ll never break that addiction. You’ll never accomplish your dreams. You’ll never be happy.” But if you will believe and remain faithful and expect good things, you, too, can defy the odds.
I talked to a famous tightrope walker who comes from a family of seven generations of circus entertainers. I asked him, “What is the key to walking on the tightrope? You make it look so easy.”
He said, “Joel, the secret is to keep your eyes fixed on where you are going. You never look down. Where your head goes, that’s where your body is going too. If you look down, there’s a good chance you will fall. So you always have to look to where you want to be.”
It’s the same principle in life. Some people are always looking back, focused on their hurts and pains. Other people are looking down, living in self-pity, and complaining that life is not fair. The key to rising higher is to keep looking to where you want to go. Dream big dreams! Don’t focus on where you are today; keep a positive vision, and see yourself accomplishing your goals and fulfilling your destiny. Today’s Prayer to Become a Better You Father, like You did for the woman at the well, please open my eyes to see what You have already placed within me for Your purposes. I long to enjoy the potential You have given me. Today’s Thought to Become a Better You Only God knows the full extent of my potential.
Daily Readings from Become a Better You
YOU CAN STRETCH!
John 14:1–14 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
JESUS SPEAKING IN
THE FAMOUS ARCHITECT
Frank Lloyd Wright designed many beautiful buildings, homes, and other magnificent structures. Toward the end of his career, a reporter asked him, “Of your many beautiful designs, which one is your favorite?”
Without missing a beat, Frank Lloyd Wright answered, “My next one.”
Frank Lloyd Wright understood the principle of stretching, constantly pressing forward, never being satisfied simply with past successes. The entire world is waiting for your next adventure.
Too many people are living far below their potential. They have many gifts and talents and so much more going for them. But they’ve gotten comfortable, settled where they are, and lately become too easily satisfied.
I often hear people making excuses for stagnating in their personal growth:
“I’ve achieved as much as most.”
“Compared to other people, I’m doing pretty well in my career.”
“I’ve gone as far as my parents did.” God never performs His greatest feats in your yesterdays. God wants you to be more blessed tomorrow than you are today.
That’s great, but God wants you to go further. He’s a progressive God, and He wants every generation to be increasing in happiness, success, and significance. No matter where we are in life, God has more in store. He never wants us to quit growing. We should always be reaching for new heights in our abilities, in our spiritual walk, in our finances, careers, and personal relationships. We all have areas where we can come up higher. We may have achieved a certain level of success, but there are always new challenges, other mountains to climb. There are new dreams and goals that we can pursue.
No doubt, God has already done a lot in your past. He’s opened doors for you that nobody else could open. Maybe He’s given you a wonderful family and home. Perhaps He’s caused you to be promoted, given you favor with your employer or supervisors. That is marvelous, and you should thank God for all that He has done for you. But be careful: Sometimes when you are enjoying life, it is easy to become complacent, to get satisfied, and think, Yes, God’s been good to me. I can’t complain. I’ve achieved my goals; I’ve reached my limits.
But God never performs His greatest feats in your yesterdays. He may have done wonders in the past, but you haven’t seen anything yet! The best is yet to come. Don’t allow your life to become dull. Keep dreaming, hoping, and planning for new projects, experiences, and adventures with God.
I’ve discovered that God likes to outdo Himself. He wants to show His favor in your life in greater ways today than He did yesterday. He wants you to be more blessed tomorrow than you are today.
He intends for you to have a greater impact on the world than you have had. That means if you’re a teacher, you haven’t taught your best lesson yet. If you’re a builder, you haven’t built your best home yet. If you’re a businessperson, you haven’t negotiated your
best deal yet. It’s time to get your hopes up; enlarge your vision, and get ready for the new things that God has on the horizon. Your best days are not behind you. They’re in front of you. Today’s Prayer to Become a Better You Father, I want to have my vision stretched—I want to be stretched by You! I no longer want the world outside me or my thoughts within me to determine my limitations. I’m trusting You to help me become the better me You already see. Today’s Thought to Become a Better You God is going to outdo Himself in my life.