Life is more exciting and rich when we endeavor to live out our dreams, big or small. What has God put on your heart to do or be for Him? Never underestimate what you can do when God is in it. Don’t settle for life-as-usual. Here’s how to push through to your prize;
2. Anticipate the long-term pay-off that may require temporary sacrifices. Remember Ecclesiastes 3:1: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” No matter how sparse, the season will pass. Keep your eye on the goal, not on the smaller sacrifices required to get there.
3. Learn more about your endeavor. Read on related subjects, speak to or interview people with expertise, and read biographies of people who achieved similar goals.
Your goal is to find people to help you succeed, not tell you why you can’t.
5. Find a promise from God in Scripture. Write it down and plaster it on a wall that you face on a daily basis; cubicles, mirrors, dashboards, phone cases all serve that purpose.
6. Enlist a trusted and dependable prayer partner. Ask your friend to pray for you, and keep him/her updated on prayer need changes. Ask to be held accountable for progress on your endeavor.
The ant is commended for self-control and self-government. These traits will get you far.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.”
8. Commit your plans to the Lord. Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” If you are sure that God is in your endeavor, ask Him to bless it at every turn. In the same way, remember James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Keep God in and the enemy out and move ahead with confidence.
You are absolutely empowered to do all that God calls you to, spiritually and physically.
“'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’" Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.”
10. Remember to be strong and courageous.. In Joshua 1:9, God says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” We have it in us to be strong and courageous, because our strength and courage are tied into God’s being with us, wherever we go. He is! Don’t forget it.
If God is calling you to it, you may have to work hard, adjust your comfort level and persevere, but with His help, you can do it! Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you, protect you and help you over the finish line. You and God are doing this together. When it happens, you will be amazed, and He will receive all of the praise due to Him!