|Yesterday morning, I told myself that I had a lot to do, and I planned in my head exactly how I was going to execute it all, but at 10pm last night, I realized that I had not done anything that I planned to do the entire day. I began to wonder why this always happened to me. Even though this may not seem like a big deal to many people, I believe that it is a huge deal.
If we can’t accomplish the little daily goals we set for ourselves, how do we expect to fulfill the big goals that God has for us. Everything little thing we do right now should be preparing us for something big we want to accomplish in the future. For example, some people want to become doctors in the future. Right now, they prepare by taking the right classes, talking to the right people, preparing to get into the right medical school, getting the right internships, developing the right skills, etc. What is it that you want to accomplish in the future? What are you doing to prepare for it? What do you think God wants you to accomplish in the future? What are you doing to get there?
David in 1st Samuel 17 knew that God wanted him to fight and defeat Goliath. He allowed himself to prepare by fighting and killing a lion and a bear that attacked his father’s sheep. He developed himself through all of his experiences, and he accomplished the goal that he set out to accomplish. Solomon in 1st Kings 5 knew that God wanted him to build the temple, and if you read the entire chapter, you will see the careful judgment, planning and execution that he used to accomplish this goal. His opportunity to prepare for this task came in chapter 3 when God asked him to pray for anything he wanted, and he asked for wisdom. Esther spent many months preparing to be the king's wife. She underwent beauty treatments, sought the advice of her uncle, and mentally prepared herself for her new role.
Just like David, Solomon, and Esther, God gives us opportunities to prepare ourselves for every task he has for us, but it is up to us to either take it or walk away. I encourage you to begin to live every moment of your life and use every experience to develop yourself for God’s purpose for your life. Stay spiritually in tune with God so that he can make known his will for your life. When you realize what that goal is, don’t lose focus of it regardless of what people say or do (no one thought David could defeat Goliath, but that did not stop him). “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 3:14 Let this be your mentality as well!
Lastly, have a clear focus and don’t allow anything or anyone to change your direction. Distractions are the quickest way to lose focus (I was distracted by a lot of things yesterday, and that was why I couldn’t get anything done), so be mindful of them. With God all things are possible, so be of good courage and if your focus begins to get clouded, turn to God and let him help you up. If you are passionate enough about a goal, nothing will stand in the way of you accomplishing it. What are you passionate about? What are you doing to prepare yourself?
Stay blessed and spread the word.