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Living on purpose

Posted by Brandon Patton on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 12:52 PM

"A lazy man wishes and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich."

Proverbs 13:4

Its that wonderful time of the year! I'm not talking about ringing in a new year with hope and expectation. I'm referring to those magnificent resolutions that show up every year in late December! "I'm going to lose weight!" "I'm going to spend more time with my kids." "I'm going to learn how to play the guitar this year." On and on they go! And go! Out the window! Why is it that our resolutions, be they for a new year or any other time of the year, seldom bear fruit? Is it that people are liars and never intended to fulfill their promises? I don't think so. The answer is found in the Bible (as are all of the answers to life). The truth is that desires without plans never come to pass. No matter how much you want or need to achieve something, you will never reach the goal without a workable plan. The Bible admonishes us to "number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom". Make a plan that is verifiable and stick to it. Great lives don't just happen! Great piano players didn't wish themselves great. Great athletes didn't wish themselves capable. Great marriages don't just show up one day. Everything starts with desire. What one thing would you love to see happen in your future? Identify it. Then, once you have found the "what" its imperative that you start on the "how". Detail a plan that will enable you to reach a big goal realistically. "Write the vision, make it plain". It must be on paper. Otherwise you can't go back and measure progress on a regular basis. Then in practical steps begin to walk out your vision one day at a time. Be passionate about accomplishing it or you will toss it in the trash bin along with all the other "I wished but couldn't stick with its" from days past. Take out that paper and review regularly how you are doing with your dream. Add notes along the way. You will find another great Proverb coming to pass for you, "a desire accomplished is sweet to the soul"! You will live one of two ways. Either you will let life carry you wherever it wants to and see where you end up or, you will determine where you will go. One is easy but not very good. One is much harder but very rewarding! Don't waste the one precious life you have been given. Live on purpose!   

Father, this life is too valuable to be left to chance. Encourage me to reach for the big things that you have planned for your children. Every one of them!  

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