There’s an old saying I heard that stuck with me: “You will only get paid for two things on this planet. You get paid for what you know, or you get paid for what you can do.”

So, if you don’t know very much and you can’t do very much, you won’t get paid very much. That’s pretty much how it works in this world’s system. 

The good news is that God has given every single person on this planet a gift—something they have a natural ability to do. People will pay you for your skills, and they’ll pay you a higher wage if you have excellent skills. Proverbs 22:29 (NIV) says, “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank” (Proverbs 22:29 NIV).  

Are you a good auto mechanic? Everyone needs a good mechanic, and if you’ve developed your gift and are excellent at what you do, people will be willing to pay you more than the average mechanic. Maybe you have skills to be an electrician, a plumber, an accountant, a lawyer, or a school teacher. Everybody has a gift and ability they can use to serve others and meet a need.  

Your gift will make room for you. The question is, are you using what you’ve been given to supply a need? And are you continuing to grow your skills to their fullest potential? If you want to advance and increase, you have to choose to be excellent. 

The Take Away:

What is your gift, talent, or ability? Have you taken the time to grow and develop that gift? If not, what steps can you take to do so? Get a plan of action and set some goals to start developing the gift God has given you. Determine to be excellent

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