Do you have goals and dreams that you’re anxious to reach but your strides feel more in line with the pace of an inchworm than a racehorse?
Maybe your goal is to lose a couple or more pounds before a special occasion, or be consistent about making it to exercise class. Perhaps your goals are work related, or maybe a lifelong dream is pounding in your heart to get out.
Sometimes it looks like others are reaching their mark lickety-split!, while you’re still inching your way, two steps forward, ten steps back!
I know, I know, you got off your exercise routine because you twisted your ankle.
Things seemed to be going well at work too until they did away with your department.
And sometimes lifelong dreams really seem to take a life long to get to.
Our temporary set-backs set us up for giving up.
But I’m encouraged to know that the God who set the earth on its axis and the stars in the sky, will set us up where we need to be when we need to be there and not a second sooner.
Daniel 2:21 reminds us, “God changes times and seasons, he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning…”
If we are doing what we need to do, and all we can do, God will order our steps in His good time.
All we need is to do our best and let God take over and finish the rest. (Corny yes, but I bet you’ll remember it.)
What are we responsible for? What is our best?
1. Seeking God’s will in scripture. Matt. 6:33 states “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
2. Committing your dreams and goals to the Lord. Psalm 37:5 says,”Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will act.”
3. Seeking wise counsel. Proverbs 112:15 says “The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he that listens to counsel.”
4. Putting in your best elbow grease. Colossians 3:23 reminds us,“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”
5. Persisting by making every effort. 2 Peter 1:5-6 says, ” For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.”
6. Finally, never give up! Hebrews 12:1 God encourages us to,…”run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”
An inchworm may be slow but it holds tight to the ground it moves on. God wants us to hold tight to Him. He is our solid ground, our firm foundation.
So don’t allow yourself to be discouraged when you feel more like an inchworm than a racehorse. The inchworm is going places too. The difference is the inchworm has more time to enjoy the view!
What is a goal or dream you’re reaching for? Do you feel like you are racing ahead or inching along?