If you are anything like me, I would imagine you have already created a list of 2017 goals. You might not have written it down, but you have an idea of a list of things you would like to achieve in 2017. It’s okay to plan, and it’s okay to freestyle. God is a God of both. There are things He has planned for us, and there are things He will do unexpectedly. When we least, expect it. But no matter how the power of God is manifested in our lives. It will always be according to His will and not ours.
Can I suggest something to you? You might NOT hear this often but here goes… For 2017, what are five goals you started in the previous years and have yet to accomplish? This is something you have started and quit half way there. You didn’t wait for an answer from God. But because the road got tough and you ran into some closed doors, no’s you gave up. Before 2016 comes to an end, I encourage you to look back on some things you started and have yet to complete them. Don’t set new goals but finish the ones you started. God is not a God of incompletion.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
If you need proof, then read Genesis chapter 1; you will learn about a God that did not waver in His doing. The Bible tells us God created the Heaven and Earth in six days, and then He rested on the seventh. God did not get tired nor did He procrastinate. God completed what He started and so should we. Many people fail to accomplish things because they can’t seem to finish the things they started. We can’t go through life starting projects and leave them unfinished. In the end, we make it hard for ourselves.
In 2017 instead of setting new goals, I challenge you to take five goals from 2016 or the previous years you have yet to complete. Things you started, you may have started school and dropped out. Maybe you started a business or the process of owning a home and gave up, or you have may be in a marriage right now and thinking about giving up. Marriage is a covenant between your spouse and God. We don’t understand when we married today and divorce tomorrow; we’re also breaking covenant with God. What God binds together, let no man separate. When we are walking in the will of God, He orchestrates everything for us. The right job, house, spouse, church everything lines up with God’s word.
So take some time and write down five “incomplete goals,” and see yourself completing them in 2017. If God says, it’s not His will then fine. But many are living an incomplete ‘life’ because they don’t know how to complete the things they started. It could be something as small as starting a task around your house, and you have yet to complete it. 2017 is a year of completion. The biblical meaning of the “number 7,” means completion. God completed His work on the seventh day in Genesis chapter 1.
In Habakkuk 2:2 the Lord says “and the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” It also goes on to say “for the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks at the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Why do you think God told us our vision is for an appointed time and even though it may take long wait for it that it will come to fruition? God knows about the challenges that we will face in life. There is nothing going on in our lives right now that’s surprising to God. He is the author and finisher of our faith. God is the one writing this story.
When you write down your goals and things you aspire to do it’s a reminder to yourself. It’s like holding yourself accountable to complete that which you set out to do. It’s there as a constant reminder to you to keep pressing forward. No matter what obstacles may come your way it motivates you to push forward. It’s a form of encouragement to yourself. It’s best to put it somewhere visible where you can see it as a reminder. When you do things like that, you don’t care who is cheering for you or not. You become your own motivator and cheerleader. That’s what I’ve done, and it has worked well for me.
I’m going to share one of my favorite quotes with you one that has helped me to focus on my dreams and REMAIN consistent with it.
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life- think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success” – Swami Vivekananda.
Sounds familiar? It’s almost like the word of God, “meditate on the word day and night.” But they are both true. Our lives as children of God can be so successful when we have the right formula to help us win in life. At times, I wished someone had told me when I was younger the recipe for success. Which is Jesus! I would be so much further along in life. Because I went through the first part of my life clueless, if I can make it easier for someone else, I will. It wasn’t because I didn’t have goals, I set goals for myself, but I didn’t follow through on them. When things got rough, I gave up and moved on to the next thing. There was no consistency in my life. Before I got saved, I did not stick with any of my goals except graduating college. But for the past six years, I’ve been going back to my goals and completing them. I stopped setting new goals.
One of the goals on my list is to help others reach their full potential and tap into the greatness that God has deposited into them. I intend to help by providing others with support and encouragement. Another one of my goals I procrastinated on for five years was whether I should go back to school or not. I wanted to, but I delayed myself for five years. Until one day I got up and everything else is history. Last week, I finished up my Masters. I wanted to share six tips that helped me. From the application process for Graduate School to completing the degree:
- Write down your goals and make it plain (Don’t write, I want to be an entrepreneur. Be detail, what type of business you want to own?)
- Put the list someplace visible (where you can see it every day)
- Research what you need to achieve that goal. (e.g. if it’s a particular college for Undergrad or Graduate School. Find out what GPA you will need to maintain in H.S or college to get accepted.) If you want a particular job position, research what experience will you need to get that position some day? Set yourself up in a way they can’t deny you. You have everything they are asking for or would think to ask for.
- Learn to follow through on the goals you set. (Don’t set a goal, if you are not willing to execute what needs to be done for it to manifest in your life.)
- Remain consistent.(You will see in everything you do in life consistency is key. No matter what is going on in your surroundings do not waver. Remain steadfast. Don’t give up when things get hard)
- Help others. (If you see someone having a hard time with something and you know the solution share it. Don’t be selfish and keep it to yourself. Be the change you want to see in this world. Meaning what you do for a person now later on when you need help someone else will come along to assist you. When you do good things for others, your hope is that the next time they see someone else struggling, they will remember your kindness and help that person out. It’s called paying it forward.) From a Biblical perspective, when the children of Israel were oppressed for over 400 years in Egypt. Exodus 2:24 says,
God heard their groaning, and he
remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.
God remembered the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He made a promise to them and remembered their descendants. The good we do today follows not only us but our children’s, children. Don’t think your kindness and compassion is in vain. God sees it and rewards us according to it. God remembers the good we do for others. When we help someone in need, we’re helping God.
“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in.” NIV Matthew 25:35
These are practical tips. They are not fancy, but you don’t have to pay anyone to teach you how to be successful. If you are not consistent in the things you do, how can you accomplish anything? If your heart does not go out for others, why should others go above and beyond to help you? If you don’t follow through on things how can you expect to accomplish anything? It’s common sense. Read the Bible, and God will teach you how to be successful. When you understand and apply the Word of God in every area and aspect of your life, success will always be your portion.
“But remember the LORD your God, for it is
he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” NIV Deuteronomy 8:18
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