Do goals overwhelm you? Does the thought of failing one. more. time. stop you from even trying? Have you avoided asking God what He wants from you this year because you already have too much to do?
It’s okay if you’ve already broken your resolution on the 10th day of the year. Or if you can already list 17 ways you’ve failed at living out your theme verse for the year (Me too!). There’s nothing magic about January or Monday or the 1st of the month. You can start over any moment of any day.
I’m not here today to give you the 5 steps to overcoming the fear of failure. Or the 7 reasons you should write SMART goals. Or a ten-step process for breaking your goals into action steps. Or any of that.
I’m here to encourage you. To say:
Try one more time.
Take the next step.
Don’t give up.
Start where you are and grow from there. Tiny steps forward still move you in the right direction.
There’s no magic pill for accomplishing great things. It takes grit, and perseverance, and getting back up when you get knocked down…even if you’re a little beaten and bruised by the failure. It takes hard work grounded in Jesus Christ.
Which brings me to the one goal that will help you achieve all of your goals- Spend consistent time with God.
How many days a week are you reading God’s word and praying? If it’s every day- celebrate! If it’s not, commit to grow from here. Aim to add one more day per week. I don’t mean hours at a a time. For most of us, that would be impossible. But 20 minutes is usually doable.
God wants to spend time with you where you are. It’d be great if you could carve out some time to just sit with Him to read, listen, and pray. But I think He also enjoys talking with you while you’re cooking dinner, driving in your car, or hurrying to your next meeting.
Hear my heart on this- this is not a lecture. This is encouragement from a friend who knows and believes that consistent time with God makes a difference in your heart and life. Whatever your goals are, God will help you achieve them if they’re honoring him and the priorities He’s set before you.
Let’s end with a few verses that always speak hope to me:
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
Whatever your goals are this year- You can achieve them, dear friend. God is on your side.
Need some practical ideas or encouragement for finding time with God? Here are some additional resources:
How are your goals going so far? How else can I encourage you?