You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
If you work hard you will reap the rewards of your labor. If you do nothing you will get nothing. If you have expectations for growth and prosperity yet you do nothing to earn it, you are short-sided and will end up empty-handed.
Yesterday is the day I was born many moons ago and I am grateful for each breath that I take, each step I make, each decision made clearly, and to be surrounded by love. I receive what I get, good, bad, and indifferent—so I strive to give goodness so that I may receive it in blessings later.
I’m another year older yet I still have big dreams and goals for my life, my family, and my community. The only person who can get in the way is me, so I must stay prayed up and never let up.
Set a goal with a date and each day work to achieving that goal. It doesn’t have to be a big goal, or it can be. Just make sure it’s reasonable and attainable. Saying you want to travel to Mars next week just won’t “cut the mustard” as the saying goes.
Maybe the goal is:
- Lose 20 lbs by February 2021
- Start writing a book and have it self-published by October 2021 or by a publishing house by June 2022.
- Take a management course by January 2021
- Organize my closets and the cabinets in each room by December 2020
- Switch to a lifestyle of daily clean eating and exercising 5x per week beginning December 1, 2020
- Beginning November 8, 2020, switch to eating a plant-based diet 3x per week and the other 4 days making my fruits and veggies the largest portion on my plate.
These are just some examples. Do you see that they are both challenging and attainable? The challenge puts some intensity under you, while the realization that it’s feasible motivates you to get the job done.
The reason I said to attach a date to the goal is because it further motivates you to press forward and keep your foot on the throttle. It also holds you accountable, especially if you share your goals with other people who want to see you succeed.
A goal without a date attached is a dream. Sometimes we get lazy and passive with our dreams. We don’t pursue them like they are meant for us. Now don’t confuse dreams with visions and prophesy. That’s for another conversation. But let me quickly say, visions and prophesy have a sense of urgency or concreteness a dream may not. Until you make that dream a serious focus you will regard it with casualness.
God puts ideas out in the atmosphere just like the stars we see in the sky. As I mentioned last night during my book release slash birthday party, if you don’t embrace and run with the idea, someone else will. That’s why we have that dumb and confused look on our face when we see a total stranger prosper from the same idea we had. My friends, they saw the star too, the difference is, they made something of that opportunity and you chose to do other things.
So back to your homework assignment…
Set a goal with a date and work towards accomplishing it. Once you have, celebrate it, praise God for helping you, and then when you’re called to move on to the next goal, don’t delay—do it! Every day do something to better yourself, your family, and your community—eventually it will pay off and the dividends can help to better our world.
Make today a super awesome day. It’s your choice to see the dark clouds or the light shining through them. Work like you love it. Work like your purpose is to glorify God and have the best relationship you can with Him, because guess what? That’s exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. God bless you all!
Father thank You for the abundance of blessings. Thank You for my life, my mind, my freedom, and the ability to work. Father I know You despise laziness, so everyday I actively take part in this life you have given me, doing and being more than the last day. Thank You for all of the resources that You have provided. I pray to not waste or abuse them. Thank You for Your loving care today and always. Amen.
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