Organizing the steps and specifics of long-term goals is not an automatic habit for me. Though I wonder if this is less about how I’m wired, and more about the way God intends the journey to be – small increments of step by step instruction.
Because the small stuff matters. Whether writing ingredients for a five day supper lineup or the small steps of a five-year life plan – what seems minuscule to me, sometimes matter most to God.
Powerful Scripture #1
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10 NIV
Don’t shun what seems small. Imagine chocolate-chip cookies without the chips! In God’s world, the small, faithful steps of obedience, service and generosity, often yield significant results, with immense impact. We are not called to calculate the impossibilities of a dream or the dimension of a goal, we’re directed to count the cost.
Am I willing, in this season, in this place, to stick with the process, even if progress is slow? There is plenty of hype when setting and starting new goals. But somewhere in the middle, enthusiasm tends to dwindle and determination can diminish.
Counting the cost before we begin, helps keep an eternal perspective as we go and a realistic aim for progress. It also safeguards us from pursuing what may, in time be good, but perhaps in this season, could cost in an unhealthy way.
Powerful Scripture #2
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” Luke 14:28 NLT
I heard about a public study between people who do pretty well in achieving their ambitions and those who are highly successful. One notable difference was the later group had the habit of writing out their goals.
Powerful Scripture #3
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV
One practical way I practice writing the vision, is to create columns or use two separate pages side by side in a note book. On one side is my responsibility and practical steps. Then I mark the other page or column with God’s promises and part.
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