How important is personal development and training

James 1:5 “personal development and training”

I have this saying that I love to use during my training events, it makes those in attendance think a little harder and contemplate… it goes like this:

“You never know what you don’t know until you know you don’t know it!”

The road to “understanding” and “wisdom” in my experience, comes through a desire to learn driven by a need.

Sometimes that need isn’t a material one but just a burning desire to be better. A great example of that was King Solomon when he was asked by God, what He can do for him…Solomon could have asked for anything, but he asked for the one thing he knew he needed more than anything… “Wisdom”.

I am so glad that the bible says in James 1:5 “if any of you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking!”

While we may not be given the same measure as Solomon, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirt who guides and protects us.

So what does this have to do with my quote and personal development?

Simple, Solomon, knew he was going to need a whole lot more than what he had to be able to rule the people. This is the same for you, especially if you want more than you have right now.

So have more, you need to know different things than you know now, but the big question is… “What do you need to know?”

Fortunately we can learn some theory from books and training etc, but it is only head knowledge until it is applied and then developed under pressure. It is at this point that we start to realise the extra things we need to know, things we didn’t know we needed to know because we had not been under the pressure that shows us what we need.

It is at this time that many people think they can’t do what they need to do, they feel as though they will never have what it takes, they forget that they have already accomplished great things, and have proven they have the potential to learn, grow and develop.

So if there is one thing to take away from this… Do what James said in James 1: 2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. “

You see it is your perseverance that helps you continue when you don’t want to.

You are meant to go through the tough times, you are meant to feel week, because when you (and I) feel weak, God is able to show His strength in us.

These things make you better, they make you the person you are supposed to be.

His Word is life, allow His Word to work through you, to show you the things you don’t know yet, so you can become better, bigger and more of His servant.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made, so let’s have some fun and get some things done.


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