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Trying too Hard

Have you met the guy that tries too hard? He’s the guy that is always angling for attention, always trying to hit a home run, always wanting to be the most important thing around. The guy that tries too hard is rarely happy just being himself. He has failed to realize that all anyone wants from him, is for him to be himself. He works so hard to think “outside the box” that he often times fails to do anything “inside the box.” I’ve been this guy, and at times I still revert back to this shallow character. However, I’ve learned that being myself is my greatest asset. In fact, it’s the only thing that only I can do.

I’ve learned over time that success breeds an atmosphere of change. I’ve learned that working “inside the box” really, really hard will eventually lead to me having opportunities to work “outside the box.” I’ve learned that when I try too hard, I actually limit myself. I’ve learned to just be myself. It’s scary, no doubt. But being myself is going to have to be enough!

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.