So what’s your potential? What’s the redemptive potential of your church? What can you do with the life you’ve been given, whether it’s one, two or five talents? Because it doesn’t matter what you’ve been given. What matters is what you do with what you’ve got. Faithfulness. Stewardship. Multiplication. That’s the pound for pound principle.

One thing that is important to take into consideration: we don’t do the same activities in every season. However, hard work, consistency, prevailing plodding – these are the keys to building a strong foundation of incremental growth. Find a good rhythm that can sustain you for the long haul and you’ve got what it takes.

No matter your current circumstance, use the talents and gifts God has given you to be the best in your “weight class.” Start right where you are. Do the very best with what He has given you and you will achieve and become the best version of you in this season.

And, remember this—all the defeats, trials, and frustrations you have endured, all of it, has been the Lord’s way of increasing your capacity and ability to handle exactly what’s in front of you. You’re not an underdog, you’re God’s.

Mike Kai is founding pastor of Hope Chapel West Oahu in Hawaii and author of The Pound for Pound Principle: Becoming All God Designed You to Be (Authentic Publishers).

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