You know it’s getting really hard when you’ve worked so hard for so long and you’ve prayed for so long, and it feels like you’re not really getting anywhere. You just feel stuck. Like npthing you ever do will be enough. It’s been like this for me, for many months now. Let me tell you, it’s rough. Really rough.
No matter how hard I worked or how much I pushed myself, things that I thought would work just didn’t work. What I thought God wanted me to do, I questioned. And THAT for all of us is an uncomfortable place to be. These days, ee want to be like those social media influences who go gym every morning, eat only green things, sign businesses here and there and travel to tropical destinations every couple months.
We live in a world where it’s all about maximizing and achieving goals and living to the maximum potential. Everything is so fast and crazy, so everyone wants to be successful and achieve their goals and be recognized overnight. We spend so much time focusing on how these people do it, watch their ‘How I became successful’ videos and read thousands of books on productivity.
Last year, when I was going through some stuff, this is what I did. I obsessed over how I could achieve all the things I wanted to. I read hundreds of productivity books, and watched God only knows how many YouTube videos on the things I wanted to do. I became obsessed with being successful because I thought that, that was the only thing that could lift me out of my lost self-esteem.
When I look back on it now. I haven’t really achieved many of those things a year on. And I think that’s okay. Yes, God put those goals and dreams in my heart. Right from when I was little. They switched on and off my whole life, but you know it’s what your meant to do when it keeps surfacing in your life. But how many times have we actually sat down and assessed our goals or the things we want to achieve? To have sat down and really assessed our motives? To have actually asked God?
You can’t tell you what to do, because you didn’t make you. First and foremost that’s what we need to realise. So I sat down the other day, prayerfully, and wrote down what my goals meant to me. I defined what goals are to me. Then….AND ONLY THEN, did I write down my actually goals.
So my definitions of GOALS were:
- Something that will honor God and bring glory to Him– I am called to serve God, just as the rest of my family have, so will I.
- Things that will make me a better person– sometimes we get so caught up with what we are meant to do, that we loose sight of the fact that maybe its something we are meant to be. Have a think about this!
- Things that I want to Achieve– of course there is a personal element to this. What God has called me to do, of course I must have the desire to do it. It must be something that motivates me to wake up every morning.
- Things that will make me proud and the people closest to me proud- you know that feeling when you’ve achieved something and when your family look at you with pride. That feeling is quite something. To know that you have impacted those closest to you and made them proud to know you.
Goals can change. Prioritizes can change. But what God has in store for you will never change. It will always chase you, no matter where you go. Life for the most part is spent chasing goals, but don’t forget to celebrate those moments of achievement whether great or small, because you deserve it! Don’t get down and out about the things that have gone wrong, because chances are those things will make you and your dreams come true. Dreams come true when we have given our all, done our best and left the rest to God. We are surrounded by people who have done amazing things, let’s be one of them by fixing our eyes on the one who made us. Because you can’t tell you what you’re meant to do, because you didn’t make you 😉
If you would like to follow an awesome Christian Goals Plan, download the Bible App and click on the GOD+GOALS: How to set Goals as a Christian.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”– Hebrews 12:1-2