“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.“

– Ecclesiastes 10:10

On this Veterans Day, we are grateful for those who have served our nation and fought for our freedoms. May God bless you and your families.Training is always challenging until you master your skill set and succeed — whether you play sports or have been trained for a job. As the training progresses, it becomes a little more enjoyable. Everyone must go through those first few months of training. You have to clear the hurdle of that first difficult experience in your marriage, career, family, or in your walk with God. You have to endure the part that hurts, aches, or makes you want to give up. Consistency is key. If you keep training yourself, you will acquire the life God has for you because you will become a bigger person.

An old proverb tells the story of two lumberjacks in the woods. These guys are chopping wood together, are about the same size and strength, and paid the same amount. Every day, one of the lumberjacks grabs his axe and disappears for about an hour. He returns, and at the end of the day, he has 50% more wood than the other lumberjack. His coworker asks, “How is that possible?” His reply is, “Well, I sharpen my axe every day for an hour.”

Friend, the key to success is not just hard work but also training. Instead of trying harder, it’s about taking at least one hour every day to train your mind, train your body and train your life. It’s about learning things and expanding your skillset, reading books, listening to podcasts, and doing what it takes to become everything you’re meant to be. God wants to equip you to fulfill your dreams and visions!


Father, I would like to know what areas I need to develop more.


Is it a habit of yours to learn new things every day? What can you do to make time for this?

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7 Responses

  1. I was in a terrible funk my husband got very sick and before the stroke I was a positive happy loving Christian woman always seeing the bright side and Gods goodness. Somehow I lost my spark- even though I read my Bible and watched Christian TV I kept getting worse- I found your teachings on The Bible (as a child I watched your grandfather) and The Lord rescued me I’m happy loving life and really living the dream. Even my husband who had 2 strokes seems happier- thank you Pastor Bobby Hannah and your team I wouldn’t miss your sermons I learn so much – Blessings from Florida

  2. I pray that God will reveal to me what my purpose is in life.
    I think I know I have been praying unceasing for this to happen. I will continue.
    I pray I learn how to listen to his voice.
    Thank you.

  3. I love your encouraging messages. I love Hannah and your sweet family. I also love your traditional choir. Thanks for all that you do!

  4. This ties right in with the message we are studying on Sunday nights, ” Preparing for the battlefield”. Thank you for your insights!

  5. It is good to remind me to reach out to our Creator and seek His face and favor in daily change , small incremental steps and looking back, I’m like- slay

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