'...straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize.' Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
Rubber bands must be stretched to be effective! Anybody who achieved anything worthwhile has been stretched to their limit. There are no exceptions. Many people think that success is for clever people or to do with some 'special something-or-other' you just don't have. That's not true! Success comes when you're willing to try, you give it your all and allow yourself to be stretched to meet the challenge.
Now, stretching makes you vulnerable; when you pull a rubber band really tight, there's always that chance it's going to snap. Is that why you're afraid to stretch 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, 'A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also' (John 15:20 NIV). Here's an 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 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 what now? Make yourself available to God, be a rubber band, and let him show you what he can do with your life.
Soulfood: Ex 20:8-11 Is 58:13-14 Luke 4:16 Heb 10:19-25,