The things we enjoy today came as a result of time and effort someone put into developing it, or fought long enough to accomplish it. Nothing in life is accomplished without effort. Most of us only do the things that are easy and that we are comfortable doing. We avoid taking on the more difficult things because we are not willing to put forth the effort or we are uncomfortable with our ability to accomplish the task. We often cheat ourselves out of the blessings God has for us simply by remaining in our comfort zone and doing what we are accustomed to doing. My Bible reading this morning talked about putting forth the effort and stepping up and trying new things. (2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;) The word diligent means to be constant in effort or exerting the energy to accomplish what is undertaken. Consistency is what God is looking for in our lives. It takes effort to get things done. you will never reach your potential if you give up every time the going gets tough. When you put forth your best effort, God comes alongside us to help us do greater things than we could ever imagine. Try it today. It works! Pastor Don [image: image.png]