Philippians 3:12–14

Are you an innovative person? Let’s take a test. I have Earl Nightingale to thank for this list of traits generally found in innovative people.

  • Drive—a high degree of motivation
  • Courage—tenacity and persistence
  • Goals—a sense of direction
  • Honesty—especially intellectual
  • Optimism
  • Judgment
  • Enthusiasm
  • Chance taking—willingness to risk failure
  • Dynamism—energy
  • Patience and impatience—patient with others, yet impatient with self
  • Adaptability—capable of change
  • Humour—ability to laugh at self and others
  • Versatility—broad interests and skills
  • Curiosity—interested in people and things
  • Realism/idealism—occupied by reality but guided by ideals
  • Imagination—seeking new ideas, combinations, and relationships
  • Communication—articulate
  • Perception—alert

Innovative people are rare. But even more rare are people willing to change. Here’s some practical help from the Scriptures: I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me ... I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:12–14).

Don’t you think it’s time to turn from the past and look to what lies ahead? It’s never too late to allow the Lord to bring about genuine change in your life.


Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord ... Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright ©2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.