What is your goal in life?
1) Act now.
2) Set your goal.
3) Go step by step.
Things are not going according to plan. You become frustrated and you take your focus off the big picture. Your goal seems unreachable and the next step too insignificant to make a difference. You push the task away. You start feeling sorry for yourself. You are convinced: There is no way I can reach my goal.
Ever felt that way? I have.
With me these situations usually happen when I’m not working according to a specific time schedule or whenever I’m not focusing on my main goal. Then I get frustrated and think: This day is almost over anyway. I won’t be able to accomplish much today. Let’s stop and try again tomorrow! That’s when thoughts of worthlessness and self-pity sneak in.
I need to set my goal straight and press on to reach it! I also need to work according to a schedule, otherwise I’ll keep putting things off. Um, that’s called procrastination and because of it hours, days, weeks, months, even years are wasted.
You do not want that to happen. Because some day you long to have reached your goal and you will see that, due to rejecting one or the other or all steps, you have not moved forward much.
A saying I grew up with goes like this:
“Was du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf Morgen.”
(What you can do today, don’t delay)
True, often you cannot accomplish much in one day. But remember, goals are not reached in a single day but through one step at a time. Focus on your goal but don’t neglect the small steps — don’t count them as “not worth it” or even “useless.”
It’s the same in our Christian life. When God calls us we should not delay —
As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15)
— and then keep growing (maturing) step by step, one day at a time.
What’s your goal? Perhaps you want to read more again? Do you have a reading list? If not, do the first step toward reading and create one. You need ideas? Watch this space, I’ll share some titles with you these next few days.