BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE

January 22, 2020

The U.S. Army had a brilliant recruiting motto between 1980 to 2001. It was “Be all you can be.”

It was a very effective recruiting tool as most people want to be as productive in life as they can possibly be.  The Army was implying that they could help you achieve your highest potential.

When I was a young boy, I got involved in Scouting.  My mother was a den mother in the Cub Scouts.  Later, my two sons participated in Scouting for awhile.  It’s a great program.  The Scouting motto actually explains the whole mission of Scouting.  All Scouts had to learn this motto and quote it by memory.

I still know that motto today by memory.  It is:  “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong; mentally awake and morally straight.”

Scouting taught moral values as well as certain valuable skills which would help a boy throughout the rest of his life.

I think God gives each person a unique set of skills that He expects them to use in their lives.  I wrote a whole blog post on that not long ago.  It was titled, “What is Your Mission?”

With every call upon a persons life, God not only gives the skills, but also the opportunity to use them at His time.  Sometimes we have to wait for God’s timing.  He will open doors at the right time and He will close doors at the right time–His time.

But we have to work to develop the talents we are born with.  Those talents are not complete at birth.  We have to work a lifetime to fully perfect them to the best of our abilities, of course, with God’s help and guidance.

I needed a certain kind of surgery about 12 years ago.  My doctor, who was a specialist in this field, recommend a surgeon that he said was the best in this region of our country.

I went to visit this highly trained specialist who had helped perfect this type of surgery with a robotic type of procedure.  The doctor was very friendly and asked me all about my life. When I told him I was a pastor he told me how much he admired people who dedicated their lives to helping people develop their faith.

Then the doctor told me that he considered his work as a surgeon to be a type of ministry too.  He said that since he was a very young boy that he had wanted to be a doctor and help people.  He went on to tell me that he had spent 16 years since high school in schooling and training to learn his profession.  Then he told me that he was still learning.  He said it had been a hard uphill procedure to get to where he was, but if he hadn’t done it, he didn’t think he would have ever been happy.  And that he didn’t think he would have fulfilled God’s purpose in his life.

I see so many people in life who are not pursuing their highest potential. They are existing in less than God’s perfect will for their lives.

People like this are often victims of mental problems due to their terrible guilt of not having accomplished all the good things they were actually capable of doing.

Many of us try things and fail.  That’s okay.  I’ve failed at many things.  But failure is one of the ways we learn.

When I see people fail at something, I think, “Well, at least they tried.  What’s not acceptable is when people don’t even try to do their best.”

People will always regret things they didn’t even try to do.

One of my favorite poems was written in 1856 by John Greenleaf Whittier.  The title of the poem is “Maud Muller.”  The poem tells the story of two people who had a romantic attraction for each other but nothing ever came to fruition.  They both married other people.  The most popular line of the poem says, “For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been!”

What, perhaps, have you not even tried to do in life what you know God wants you to do?

I love the simple quote from Hebrews 13: 21  “God has equipped you with everything good that you may do His will….”

If God has called you to do something, stop procrastinating.  Get busy and do it!

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley