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God’s Timing

For us, God’s timing often feels like a long, desperate delay. God’s perfect timing does two things: It grows our faith as we are forced to wait and trust in God and it makes certain that He, and He alone, gets the glory and praise for pulling us through.  We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting, because change is a process. I personally have NO problem with change, but I can’t say I appreciate the waiting process. I’m fairly impatient and have many mistakes running ahead of God.  The truth is, waiting is a given—we are going to wait. The question is…Are we going to wait the wrong or right way? If we wait the wrong way, we’ll be miserable; but if we decide to wait God’s way, we can become patient and enjoy the wait. It takes practice, but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience, which is one of the most important Christian virtues. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and it’s developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations. 

Use SMART Goals

Vision needs to be plainly written down before we can achieve it.  That vision also needs to stay in front of us – it needs to be posted in a place where we can “run with it”.  The more we keep the vision in front of us, the more we’re motivated to take action.  Writing the vision down gives it greater permanence and importance for our lives. I have my “obituary” and my vision statement on a cork board in my office and read them every morning and then I reevaluate my SMART goals and how that all applies to my activity today.  It’s so refreshing to feel like TODAY actually matters in the big picture of my life! 

Write Out Your Plans

Start writing down your vision for your life (your definition of success) and goals to help you actually achieve that vision.  Getting goals out of your head and onto paper is the first step toward their achievement.  In the verse below, the Bible has something to say about writing your vision and goals, as the Lord had an important vision that he wanted Habakkuk to write down and deliver to the people.  It’s a message that will impact them at a future time.

NOT Having the BIG Picture

God can do anything, but my personal experience, He doesn’t give all the details at once while we are fulfilling our purpose. Instead, He often provides just enough information to help us move forward one step at a time. This helps our faith grow. This does not mean we shouldn’t set goals. Instead, it means we need to trust Him to lead us into the unknown, and that we may need to reevaluate and change our goals as He gives us more information.

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