Will Your Goals Inspire You or Will Your Fears Paralyze You?

Time is flying. I can’t believe it’s almost 2014. I was doing a personal year-in-review. It was a good year and I accomplished many of my goals. I wrote my first book, completed the Boise Ironman 70.3 (not fast but I was able to dance at the finish!) and did a better job of balancing our family life.

However, there were many aspirations that I missed. Some due to circumstances and other due to the fact that I just dropped the ball.

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There are huge tasks that await me this next year. In some ways they intimidate me – the fear of failure. In other ways they energize me – they give me a sense of purpose.

It’s the time of year that many of us are making resolutions. I wanted to share a verse that’s been very helpful to me in the past.

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the Lord is finished.” I Chronicles 28:20.

In this verse David is giving advice to his son, Solomon, who is about to build the Temple. Talk about an intimidating job! In this verse I see four principles that can help us fulfill the personal call that God has given us for this next year.

Be strong and courageous: Strength comes from effort and enduring struggles, the same way our muscles become stronger when we push them. Courage is not the absence of fear but facing it head on. The brave still have fears but they push through their fears.

Do the work: God has promised to bless us but we’re still required to do the work. It won’t just happen. Moses still had to approach Pharaoh. Abraham still had to leave his homeland. The disciples abandoned their comfort of home in order to follow Jesus. All of them were hugely blessed but they did the required work.

Do not be afraid or discourage: Fear paralyzes people and discouragement makes us complacent. These two will keep us from “doing the work” if we allow them to fester in our hearts in minds. This is the hardest one for me personally to conquer. Discouragement can have a hay day with my self confidence but…

God is with you and will not fail you: God has promised to complete the good work in us. We have to trust and believe it. It’s our best tool. I constantly have to remind myself the many ways He’s proven Himself to me in the past. It’s a huge confidence builder.

Okay my friends – the end of the year is near and the next one awaits us. I pray this verse will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and fulfill the goals and dreams that God has blessed you with.

What helps you set goals and face your challenges courageously?




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