With this year coming to a close, it seemed appropriate to think about what possibilities lie ahead. Many of this years aspirations may have been discarded or put on a shelf for one reason or another. Consider this… Reaching the purpose God has planned for your life is a lot like scaling a mountain.
Skilled climbers know that a step-by-step plan is needed to reach the peak. These athletes have learned that no one reaches the summit of a mountain safely without a dependable strategy. Successful climbers are those who have mastered a multitude of skills and are physically and mentally prepared for the many challenges before them. They foresee and prepare for the potential hazards associated with the territory they have chosen to conquer.
There is a plan and a purpose for every one of us. The problem is that most people don’t have any idea what their purpose is, and don’t know how to find it. That is why so many people end up doing one of two things. They start running without direction and climb the first mountain they see; then, upon reaching the top, they discover they have climbed the wrong mountain. Or, they pray that the mountain will come to them and sit and wait. The people in the second group won’t make a move if they aren’t absolutely sure God wants them to go forward. These poor souls want to do what is right, but end up frustrated and unproductive waiting for God to show them the way.
In truth, fear of failure is the reason so many of us procrastinate our lives away. But really, how can our shortcomings stop what God Himself has set in motion? It would be good for us to remember that when God gives us the plan, He also equips us with everything we need to succeed in accomplishing it. Learn to trust that God will never give us more than we can handle.
So commit all you do to God and develop a daily relationship with Him. If you do, He will reveal your purpose. Read the Bible specifically to see what scripture has to say about the situation you are in. Then, keep your mind still. You can’t hear God’s voice through chaotic thinking. Take time to discover your passions, talents, skills, and abilities. Develop them and put them into use on a small scale now.
These suggestions may help you get started:
- Determine what you want to tackle and why. Is it a realistic goal?
- Don’t follow a desire out of selfish or wrong motives. God equipped you with the talents and abilities to accomplish your desire, not someone else’s.
- Do extensive research before planning a course of action.
- Seek advice from people who have successfully done what you are thinking about undertaking. Experienced people can map out the territory for you and point out its pitfalls.
- Are you physically, emotionally and psychologically fit for the challenge?
- What are you lacking? How can you get better prepared?
- Decide what equipment, skills, and knowledge you need to complete your goal.
- What will it take to get what you need? Is that possible for you?
- What type of help will you need? Is the help available?
- Are you prepared to do whatever it takes to make your dream a reality?
- Do you have a plan B if this does not work out?
The important thing is to get started. Then keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Success doesn’t usually happen by leaps and bounds. It has been my experience that everything worthwhile in life is accomplished little by little. The bible gives us a warning about rushing into things without knowledge. Proverbs 19:2 (ERV) tells us that“Being excited about something is not enough. You must also know what you are doing. Don’t rush into something, or you might do it wrong.”
You can’t reach your life’s goal without prayer, preparation, skill, confidence and endurance. Journeying to the place God sends you is likely to be long and difficult, so it will take dedicated effort, tireless determination, and unwavering faith to get there. Don’t be discouraged when the going gets rough; instead, be encouraged by every obstacle you overcome on your journey. The challenges you overcome build up your endurance so you can keep climbing until you reach your goal.
May you discover the place God intended you to be and pursue it with passion!
Have a safe, relaxed and peaceful holiday season with those you love; placing Christ at the head of your table.