Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Pray for God to give you a God-sized vision, then work at it with all your heart.

Scripture of the Day:

Proverbs 21:5

“The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Running on my treadmill this morning, I struggled to mark sentences that stood out to me in the book I was reading by Mark Batterson.  (Yeah, I read and run at the same time). “After all, you’ll never achieve the goals you don’t set.”  “It’s never too late to start”.

I live my life outside the comfort zone.  WAY outside my comfort zone.  It is in that place of desperation before God that I recognize anything and everything I do is solely by His grace. But I am humbled to see the goals that Mark Batterson set for himself.  Don’t get me wrong, I know we are not to compare, I just admire the tenacity and perseverence as well as the bodacious goals he has set.  Do I dare dream of such possibilities for me?

We should have dreams.  But having dreams is just the beginning to achieving them. Discipline on top of discipline and purposefully writing goals and working toward the completion of each item is paramount to achieving goals.  But I am often sidetracked by emergencies or life in general before I even begin to write my goals.

Reaching for our goals will mostly be made of boring moments in which we choose to work at the vision God has given, even though we do not yet see fruit.  Sometimes in the face of adversity, or failings, fears, even others trying to discourage us – we press on toward goals with a dual purpose: the glory of God and being faithful to steward what God has placed in our hearts.

Without goals, life loses its meaning.  If nothing else, may we never stop seeking to honor God with our lives and to dare to set goals that are beyond us.  One decision, one step toward our goals at a time.

Lord, help us to never grow weary of well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest. Please help discouraged hearts to know that You will complete the work You have begun in each one.

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