Don’t Live Beneath Your Capacity

“The most common cause of living beneath our capacity is that we have chosen to walk alone rather than to walk together. You will never sustain greatness or fulfill your God-given calling if you see people as an obstacle to your destiny rather than as essential to fulfilling God’s purpose in your life. … 

“The truth is, there are relationships that will keep you from the life God created you to live. There are people whom you need to extricate from your life because they pull you back to the person you were rather than forward to the person you must become. Yet this must never blind us to the deeper truth. We were not created to do life alone, and if we want people to be for us, then there need to be people whom we are for. …  

“People don’t slow you down; the wrong people slow you down. When you choose the right people, when you find your people, your life begins to come together in a way that it never could when you walk alone. … 

“When you surround yourself with great people, it elevates who you are. If you want to have great character, surround yourself with people of great character. If you want to take great risks, surround yourself with a tribe of risk takers. If you want to live a life of adventure, then choose a tribe that makes life an adventure. You will become who you walk with. So imagine the implications if you decide to walk with Jesus.” —Erwin McManus, in The Last Arrow

You can check out my review of The Last Arrow by clicking here. You can also check out some other quotes I’ve shared from this book here.

One Response to “Don’t Live Beneath Your Capacity”

  1. Shepherd Shaper Says:


    Surrounding yourself with negative people is just a bad idea all around. They can make you feel ashamed when something good happens to you – and reluctant to share it – because they either become jealous or envious, or otherwise somehow make you feel guilty for having something positive happen to you when “life keeps them down.”

    It’s best to (gently) extricate yourself from their domineering presence. Don’t try to change them or waste energy boosting them up – they have CHOSEN this perspective, and will not easily give it up.

    Because they see life through a negative lense, they are masters at rationalizing themselves as a victim.

    And because there is a yin-yang effect with everything in life (a little good in bad, and a little bad in good, essentially) they are pros at singling out the negatives, and always expecting the negatives, thus, becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. “See, I’m the victim…again! I just knew this would happen!”

    It doesn’t take long for this disease to infect you, so run.

    It sucks – bad.

    I know people like that and they are constantly miserable – and always wonder why!!

    The best you can do is pray for them and try to be an example (without being too obvious) of what Jesus and a positive attitude can do for you.

    Let them rise up to your level; but don’t let them drag you down to theirs.

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