Mark Affleck

I Stopped Driving With Half A Tank Of Gas

October 25, 2019
Spiritual Growth

On average, people give up after expending just 40% effort. It could be a workout. Or a diet. Relationships. You know…LIFE.

This “40% Rule” was popularized by author Jesse Itzler in his 2016 book “Living with a SEAL.” The concept comes from the Navy Seals who use it to produce mental toughness and endurance.
His compelling theme got me thinking about how many careers fall short of reaching their full potential. But it really hit me hard when I applied it to Christians who stop growing spiritually after using less than half of their capability and capacity. That’s my focus here.
But this is NOT about limitless ability and energy.
Applying the 40% Rule to our faith walk is about pushing through OUR SELF-IMPOSED PERSONAL LIMITS that are artificial creations of the mind and destructive assaults to the soul.
It’s about being 100% AUTHENTIC in Christ and true to our Godly calling and life purpose.
Put simply, we give up too early!
We may not give up our faith in Christ, but we often give up growing our faith heart. Activating our faith potential. And extending our faith footprint.
We need to remember that our faith is enough to win the fight. And we win if we do not give up.
God sent us his Son so we would have the power and resolve to fight the good fight. We never win our fights. Jesus wins all of them.
Christ did not die on the cross for us to give up. He died to make it possible for the dark pall of futility to give way to a kaleidoscope of joy.
God gives us a way out! When fear takes over and uncertainty moves in, it’s not time to give up. It’s time to give it all to God.
Father God: Help me spot discouragement EARLY when it appears and replace it with your hope so I never give up short of what you would want. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What are you giving up on?
“But don’t give up. No, rather “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

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