A couple of days ago I shared how I felt that the Lord was prompting me to make a few bold steps in my life. Put another way, I am stepping out in faith and takimg some thoughtful (yet calculated) risks in order to achieve the goals that God has placed within my heart.
So today was when I put my official stake in the ground for the first goal. I did my research, prayed my prayers, collected my resources, decided to go for it. The process of moving toward the first goal again today; however, a great deal of work and time will be required of me in the upcoming months.
The second goal is related to the first, but I feel like I am in the research phase of this one at this time. It feels like ascending the rungs of the ladder, in a way – and rather than taking on too much too soon, my hope is the tackle one goal at a time. At some point, the two goals will overlap (since they share more commonalities than they do differences), but I believe that I should be able to move toward the second goal shortly after completing the first one, Lord willing.
So as I mentioned, I have been in the research phase for the second goal. I had a great conversation with someone a few days ago which reinforced my dedication to goal number two. Again, in order for me to accomplish the second goal, I will need to invest resources, time, and effort, and prepare myself to be challenged (and perhaps inspired) in a fresh new way.
At any rate, after I finished my conversation with the person related to goal number two, I received a brief note from her via email, which I took as confirmation (and much-needed encouragement) that I am on the right track:
Her words really resonated with me. Why? Well, I imagine that the Lord says something very similar to us every day.
You see, the biggest challenge that I anticipate is not setting a goal (or even accomplishing it), but rather it is staying the course and completing the task set before me. And the only way that I will be able to accomplish any of my goals in life will be with the Lord’s enabling.
As Paul says in the book of Hebrews,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1, ESV)
My task is to run with endurance – to stay the course. This is both an exciting and a daunting prospect, but if I’m honest, I really am looking forward to the challenge.
For purposes of accountability, I plan to keep you updated on how I’m doing with the goals. I won’t likely go into the specifics – otherwise, this blog would need to change its name from Daily Thankful to Daily Ramble 😉 – but I will try to check in periodically with some sort of an update.
So the “race” officially begins on September 9, but I will be in prayer “training” about this well before then.
Here’s my question for you this evening: What is the race that God has set before you? And are you running the race, preparing to start it, or – as I was until recently – are you sitting on the sidelines?
Dear Lord, thank You for setting the course of my journey in front of me in such a clear way. While I am generally familiar with the direction in which I will be traveling, I do not know the specific twists and turns that I will encounter on the path ahead of me. I trust that You will give me the wisdom and guidance needed to know which way to go when the time is right.
In the meantime, I ask that You prepare my heart, mind, and spirit for the journey ahead of me. Thank You also for the confirmation today – the words of encouragement from the woman with whom I spoke earlier this week were right on time!
I am excited for this journey, and truly believe that I will change and grow in meaningful ways because of this experience. Thank You for giving me this incredible opportunity. In Your name I pray, Amen.