Have you tried and tried to get a plan to work yet to no avail? Does it seem that the harder you work to alleviate a problem the more difficult it becomes? Trust me, I know how this feels. I have been through it, and it seems that I am being tested in this area at the present time.
Seek God First
Whatever your goal or expected outcome is, seek God! Pray about it. God cares about the smallest minute details of our lives. If we seek Him, He will guide us as to the steps we might need to take as well as the timing of those steps. Sometimes, we only need to back off and take a brief rest then go back to working on our goals. To be honest, if some of our goals are not what is best for us, we have to be willing to acknowledge that before God, and we have to be willing to change direction if need be.
During the summer, I have been setting personal goals for writing. I have made progress by the grace of God, but it seems that I am not making the progress I would like to see. This morning, I was reminded that I have to trust God with the progress. If I am doing my best and trusting in Him, He will do what I cannot. Maybe that sounds elementary and cheesy to some, but it is the truth. Whatever we are working for, acknowledging God is the best course of action. The goal will not be achieved properly without His guidance. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
Work At It
Once you have peace about the direction you are going in with your goals, whether it be a new job, writing, singing, becoming an artist, ministry, becoming a better person, or other pursuits, work at it. Do not become lazy! Stay motivated by seeking God and talking to other people who have achieved the goal you are pursuing. That is not to say you should not have a break from time to time, but do not stop altogether.
Since I have decided to become involved with freelance writing, I have been excited, but I have been disappointed, at times, because the progress is slow. I followed the advice I gave in the previous paragraph and began speaking with people who have already achieved many goals in this area. Hearing their struggles motivates me to keep pressing forward. As much as I love teaching and writing, there are moments that I want to throw in the towel, but what good would I accomplish? The Lord always speaks to me in some way to keep going. He will speak to me in a still small voice, the Bible, or through someone else. I just have to be willing to hear His voice.
What about you? What goals do you have? If your goal is to become a better spouse, parent, co-worker, or a better Christian, do not give up when times become challenging. Meeting adversity and overcoming it is what makes us grow. Keep going! Do not give up!
“And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up,” Galatians 6:9 ESV.