Build the Wall.
Establishing Goals Part 2
I was reading the other day, which happens to be one of my daily goals and I came across this story.
"Thomas Carlyle had just spent two years writing a book on the French Revolution. He gave his only copy to a colleague, John Stuart Mill, to read and critique. Then the unthinkable occurred: Mill’s servant used Carlyle’s manuscript as kindling to start a fire.
As Mill reported the devastating news, Carlyle’s face paled. Two years of his life were lost. Thousands of long, lonely hours spent in writing had been wasted. He could not imagine writing the book again. He lapsed into a deep depression.
Then one day while walking the city streets, Carlyle noticed a stone wall under construction. He was transfixed. That tall sweeping wall was being raised one brick at a time. He realized that if he wrote one page at a time, one day at a time, he could write his book again. That is exactly what he did.
When faced with seemingly impossible situations, we often see the wall and not the individual bricks, but taken day by day, task by task, the load is more manageable. Jesus prayed for daily bread. He didn’t worry about tomorrow, next week, or next year. God’s help comes day by day."
— Rick Christian, Alive (Zondervan, 1995)
As we continue to spend the next week or so focusing on goals, it is important that you come to the realization you can achieve your goals and dreams if you tackle them one block, one step at a time. Today is the second step in your goal making process.
Read: Matthew 6:25-31
Journal: What does this tell you about Goals? How can goals become more manageable? Yesterday you made a "Dream goals list" a list of all your goals no matter what. Today look at the list again, pray about it. As you look over the list, look at each line and ask yourself, "Why do I have this goal?" If you can't answer the question of why you want to do something you should cross the goal/dream off of your list. There is no point chasing a goal if you don't have a reason or passion for pursuing it. This part of the process may take some time, do not be afraid to be thorough. This is an important step to setting and achieving your goals.
Pray: Today Spend your prayer time asking God to make sure that your goals are goals that will glorify God. Goals that He would be happy you are working to attain.
1. The first part of setting goals is to make a dream goal list.
2. Go over the list again and ask yourself why you want to attain the goal.
3. Pray that the goals are in line with God's plan for your life.
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Ryan Hodgins, pastor, coach. Married to a gorgeous wife. Father to three girls. I need this epic walk.
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