Pursuing God’s dream isn’t a matter of pushing yourself harder, but of allowing God to pull you toward the life to which He has been calling you all along. The Bible contains our strategic life plan—a personal blueprint for our life. By faith and with intentionality we work out that plan.
No matter what position you find yourself in, determine your objective first. Until your thoughts are linked to a purpose there can be no accomplishment. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, how can you expect to get there?
- “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Categorize your goals―spiritual goals might look like this:
- Spend time with the Lord daily by reading the Bible each morning.
- Attend a Bible study at your church or in your community.
- Join a small group for accountability to other believers.
- Find a church home within six months or relocating to a new area.
- Make a new Christian friend.
Find a new Scripture every day about God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, or healing (whatever it is you need certainty about). Study and meditate on it, repeating it until your heart—not just your mind—knows it. Memorize and repeat this Scripture throughout the day. It will transform your outlook on life.
List the many ways in which the Lord cares for and blesses you, and keep expanding it. Your gratitude will grow through the process. When you praise God for being good, your outcome will change. God loves to hear our praise because it acknowledges that He is indeed a good God.
Determine to find out what your spiritual gift(s) are so you can be a blessing within the body of Christ. You might want to take one of the free spiritual gifts assessments found on the internet. One site I particularly like is: http://www.churchgrowth.org.
Decide to become more comfortable with and natural at witnessing by simply giving your testimony of what God has done for you. A dying world is in desperate need of this “good news.” Ask God to keep you from becoming self-conscious, keeping in mind that you are sharing something that will potentially change another person’s path in life. Tell people you will pray for them―and then do it! Ask them whether you can pray for them in their presence. Many will agree.
Be a friend to someone who seems friendless. Give yourself away. This is one of the best ways to remain optimistic, as well as to dispel ingratitude or discouragement. Depression blows in when we isolate ourselves and fail to think of others’ needs ahead of our own.
Excerpt taken from my new book: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. Sold at Amazon.com.