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Monday, June 20, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT - MONDAY: "Achieving Our Goals in Christ"

T.E. Lawrence once said, "All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible..." T.E. Lawrence.


"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. - Mat 6:19-20.

Today I want to share with you how to Achieve Our Goals in Christ. These principles will provide us with a basic guideline that will give us direction and inspiration about achieving our goals in Christ.

Choose A Big Dream!
Many times our lives are filled
with planning and thinking about issues that bring very little significance to our lives. I want to challenge us to dream big, strive to reach our full potential and achieve our goals in Christ. Don't become so caught up with the small issues of life that we can't take advantage of the important dreams and opportunities God has for us!

Make a decision this day to take the time to think big! Our God is a big God! When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. - Psa 126:1.

It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. "Jimmy, it's time to go to bed. Go up now and I'll come and settle you later."

Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. "What are you doing, Jimmy?" "I'm looking at the moon, Mommy." "Well, it's time to go to bed now." As one reluctant boy settled down, he said,
"Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon."

Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon's surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so? - Source Unknown.

Don't Waste Tomorrow By Feeding On Your Yesterdays.
Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." - Luke 9:62. We live is a society of excuses and victims. Everyone is a victim today! I am victim of my colour, my genetics, my physical abuse, my sexual abuse, my finances, etc. It is time for us to stop blaming the past for our present failures and to look forward with the faith and victory of Christ! Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Cor 5:17.

The more we look backward, the less time we have to look forward! Always learn from the past but invest our time and energies in the future. Never, never waste another moment of our lives, grieving, worrying or regretting the past, that Christ has already forgiven us of, and forgotten.

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.- Phil 3:13-14.

The thing that destroys more people is the continual looking at their past, and then looking to their future. We cannot go back and change the past, but we can go forward, and change our future.

A certain courthouse in Ohio stands in a unique location. Raindrops that fall on the north side of the building go into Lake Ontario and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while those falling on the south side go into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. At precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the destiny of many raindrops. It will make a difference of more than 2,000 miles as to their final destination. The spiritual application is clear. By the smallest deed or choice of words we might set in motion influences that could change the course of others' lives here and now and could also affect their eternal destiny. - Our Daily Bread.

Today is the day when we will… set our confidence on a big dream, remembering… those who don't take chances don't make advances. Today is the day when we will shake off the shackles of yesterday, move into tomorrow, and Achieve Our Goals in Christ.!

Loving Father, help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to achieve my goals in Christ, remembering that you are a big God! I thank you Lord that my past is gone, my sins are forgiven and forgotten, and I will never look back to determine my future, but to look forward in Christ!. In Jesus wonderful name I pray! Amen!

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