The rubber band principle
'STRAINING TOWARD WHAT IS AHEAD, I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL TO WIN THE PRIZE.' PHILIPPIANS 3:13-14
All rubber bands work on the same basis; they must be stretched to be effective! Anybody who has ever achieved anything worth mentioning has been stretched to their limit. There are no exceptions.
Loads of people make the common mistakes of thinking that success in life is for clever people or some 'special something-or-other' you just don't have. Well that's rubbish!
Success comes when you're up for something; you give it your all and really let yourself be stretched to meet the challenge. Failure comes when you shrink back from it. Now, stretching makes you vulnerable; think about that rubber band when it's pulled really tight, there's always that chance it's going to snap. Is that why you're afraid to stretch? To go where you haven't gone and do something new? Don't worry; you're more flexible than you think! In life you'll always have critics.
Jesus had them and He said, 'No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also' (John 15:20 NIV). Here's a modern example of how the criticism process usually works: Dr Jonas Salk, who invented the vaccine for the terrible disease Polio, got loads of flak from other medical professionals who didn't appreciate for his pioneering work. He found that criticism came in three stages.
First they'll tell you, 'It won't work!' Then when you begin to succeed they'll say, 'What you're doing isn't really important!' Finally, after they see that it's important they'll say, 'We knew you'd do it all along!' So don't worry that you're not good enough. Just make yourself available to God and let Him show you what He can do with your life.
written by Bob Gass