The 3rd “R” in the Three R’s When Going After Big Goals is…
…Rely on God’s power, not your own.
“Is anything too hard for the LORD? About a year from now, just as I told you, I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”
Genesis 18:14 (NLT)
“Then the LORD did exactly what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant, and she gave a son to Abraham in his old age. It all happened at the time God had said it would. And Abraham named his son Isaac.”
Genesis 21: 1-3 (NLT)
Don’t give up just because something seems impossible. Be obedient to God’s calling even if it means taking a little baby step.
Both Abraham and Sarah had trouble believing they would become parents at their age. Have you ever felt this way about something? You have this desire deep in your heart. It seems impossible to you but you can’t stop thinking about it.
Maybe it’s a career you’ve always wanted to pursue. Maybe it’s a business idea that you’ve had in your heart for years but never acted on because it didn’t seem achievable. Maybe you did try to take some steps but after hitting a few roadblocks, you gave up.
If any of this sounds familiar; you’re not alone! I have felt this way so often in my journey. Maybe you’re wondering the same thing I have wondered many times… God, why would you give me this dream in my heart without a way to achieve it?
I’ve asked God that very question. I listed all the reasons it didn’t seem logical to pursue my dream of becoming a successful writer. 1- I don’t have a journalism degree; in fact– Lord, I don’t have a degree at all. 2- I’m working full time so there is very little time to write. 3- My husband even thinks it’s a pretty impossible dream. And 4- I have ADD which makes sitting at a computer for long periods of time focused on one subject even more challenging. I’m the most unlikely person to succeed at doing this.
To be completely honest with you; I have even prayed that God would take away this dream. I often feel like Sarah when she overheard God telling Abraham that she would become pregnant. She laughed because it seemed so outrageous to her. When I think of all the obvious roadblocks to accomplishing my dream, I want to say, God – can’t you just give me a different dream? Something I can actually do?
Here’s the thing. If God did what I asked and gave me something easier, I wouldn’t need any faith to accomplish it! And, I know God won’t do that because he’s in the “faith-growing”, not “faith-killing” business. 🙂
If you have a desire to accomplish something whether it’s to start a new business, pursue a ministry idea, go after a new career; when it starts to look impossible, remember to rely on God’s power, not yours to accomplish it. Proverbs 3:5-6 says it best:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”
So I’m going to do the best I can and trust in God to do the rest and I encourage you to do the same! And, please, please – share your dreams, goals, and struggles along the way with me, too!
PS. If you haven’t read the other two posts in this series – Click on the one you missed below…