19 May 2016

What do you want?

“Life is too short to wander aimlessly without desire and direction.”

The more ministry I am engaged in and the more people I come in contact with, I am amazed at how many people go through life unable to articulate what they really want.  On the other hand, I believe that the greatest achievements are made by people who determine what they want, set goals for accomplishment, and refuse to stop until it is done!  We can label them aggressive, obsessed, self-absorbed, focused, etc.  The truth of the matter is they determined what they wanted and went after it.

I think one of the saddest things to see is a person who has gone through their entire life, and now are in their twilight years and have little to show for it.  In this case we can’t even say they have unfulfilled dreams because they never allowed themselves to dream  — they never started the process!  In order to accomplish anything it has to have an origination.  It’s healthy to have dreams, hopes, plans, and then as we present them back to God He will reveal to us if they are within His will.  

If in fact they are within His will, He will make all things available for your accomplishment because He wants you to be successful.  But we must give Him something to work with!  God can be a mind reader because He created our minds.  But He’s not going to make it that easy for us.  I love Ephesians 2: 10, because it so clearly explains that we are God’s workmanship and His plan did not just end with creating us, He expected and planned for us to achieve good things.  “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  (NIV)

Recently in the news two African American women who are 100 years old accomplished some amazing feats.  One completed a marathon, and the other set a record when she ran the 100 meter dash! What is interesting about the woman who ran the 100 meter dash is that immediately after she started running, she fell.  You would think that she would have given up – not so!  She got up and even though her chin was badly hurt she completed the race and set a record!  

The mere fact that these two women even desired to do something that many would deem impossible is nothing short of incredible!  I do not know if I have any 100 year old readers, so all the more reason for my question – what’s stopping you?    In order to achieve anything you first must know what you want!  Also, you have to demolish the two ugly “F’s” – FEAR AND FAILURE!  Life is too short to wander aimlessly without desire and direction.  I encourage you today to determine what it is that you want out of life.  Then earnestly put it before God in prayer.  If you’re serious and persistent you will get an answer.  Understand that fulfillment will not come overnight but if you’re consistent in your pursuit it will happen.

Source: New feed