No Such Thing As Wasted Effort

do you have what it takes

The answer is YES! As a child of God you have what it takes! It all comes down to your view of God and your faith that He will equip you to live your vision!

I did all of that work for nothing… Well, that was a total waste of my time!

Have you heard that voice in your head? Often times we avoid taking risks or taking opportunities God presents to us because if we failed or it didn’t work out, it would mean we just “wasted our time and effort.”

It is this kind of deception the devil uses to interfere with God’s plan and purpose for your life. That mind weed is one that will hold you back in life, block your vision, and keep you in a place of mediocrity with a lukewarm faith.

What is the truth?

Look what St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58 (MSG):

Don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.

We are commanded to not just hold back, but to throw ourselves into the work we’ve been called to do.

When Jesus called Peter out of the boat, Peter didn’t straddle the edge of the boat. He didn’t just dip his toes in. He didn’t take some time to think about what the ROI would be. He didn’t focus on the risks or the possibility of drowning.

He didn’t hold back! Matthew 14:19 says that Peter jumped out of the boat. He kept his eyes on Jesus and confidently walked on water. Of course when he took his eyes off Jesus and noticed his circumstances- the wind, waves and the storm, he fell in. Did he die? Nope. Jesus reached down and helped him back into the boat.

So I’m curious…What areas in your life are you holding back? What is keeping you from throwing yourself into the call the Holy Spirit is placing on your heart?

Listen very carefully… when you throw yourself into your work and commit your work to the Lord- NOTHING you do is a waste of time or a waste of effort. When you refuse to hold back in going after your dreams or taking God-ordained risks, God will make all things work together for good!

For many people it’s hard to “jump out of the boat.” Even Christians often hold back in using their gifts, talents and abilities to the fullest. They focus on the circumstances and limitations in their life instead of focusing on the love, power, and resources of our Heavenly Father.

That is where CCWA comes in! We have been throwing ourselves into our work that the Holy Spirit has called us to do- and that’s to help YOU! We are here to help you get out of your boat. We help you move and make progress to the vision for your life. We give you the tools, support, and strategy to focus on Jesus so you can keep moving in spite of your mood swings or your changing circumstances. We want you to experience the miracles and blessings that are just waiting for you, when you no longer hold back, but throw yourself into your vision.

One of the first steps you must take is to create a clear and precise mental image of the future you desire. In other words, you need a clear vision of what it is you’re moving toward in your life. For those people who need a vision, CCWA is holding a FREE Tele-workshop: Vision Creation 101 on Tuesday, October 27th at 8pm EST. To reserve your spot, click on here.

Even if you can’t make it to the call at that time, STILL register! We are recording the call, and will email an mp3 link of the call to those who registered. You will then have 48 hours to listen to the recording.

We promise, this workshop will not be a waste of your time and effort! In the meantime, comment below and tell us what mind weeds or circumstances do you perceive to be holding you back from getting out of the boat?


Don’t have a vision? We can help! Be sure to subscribe to our website and we will send you our FREE Vision Creation Kit: SO Long, Status Quo: 3 simple steps to create a NEW vision for the life of your dreams.

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This article was written by Katie Black of Contemporary Christian Worldwide Academy (CCWA). Katie is passionate about helping Christians who are ready to challenge their status quo, teach them how to use their faith to create a personal life vision, develop the critical faith- mindset needed to pursue that vision AND craft their “make my dreams happen” roadmap. Her Live Your Vision™ system integrates biblical principles into an organized and structured process, complete with tools and strategies to help Christians stop settling in life and experience the abundant life God intends for them. To download your Free Vision Creation Kit, go to:


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