Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ambitious? That’s Okay!

“Ambitious” is a tag that’s often pinned onto obsessive, one-dimensional high-flyers who consume anyone in their path.  

Many non-achievers are just as obsessive about their lack of success. They usually obsess about all the people or forces that block them; avoiding any mention of unclear goals, ineffective methods or their willingness to work. So their assessment of others’ success is often sadly poisoned by resentment, scorn or self-pity.

Ambition is an inner drive towards our dreams, which separates humans from all other creature, to indicate that we are designed by a creative God who is constantly looking to partner anyone willing to tune their ambition and energy into his grace and make our world a better place.

However our capacity to dream does not include success as a by-product, for we can’t sit down and slide uphill. The Bible itself says that faith without work is dead. And this work involves dismantling fears, winning over skeptics, and stepping through the maze of delays and distractions that come along for the ride.

As we allow God’s grace and timing to infuse our ambition; He promises to be with us and to make us strong enough to achieve our dreams. He also adds the bonus of shaping our success beyond our original ideas, so more people can benefit than we could have ever considered.

It’s this grace that keeps us from becoming one-dimensional, so we grow with enough balance to stay in tune with others, whatever we achieve and wherever we go.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love.

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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