Every leader in ministry will face obstacles in the pursuit of their goals. Circumstances will shift. Mistakes will be made. Your confidence in the ability to achieve what you set out to do will be challenged. You may doubt that you even started. You may start whittling away at the big goal to make it less intimidating. When you arrive at any of these spaces, pause.
Check in on your progress. How are the results actually coming? Too often we don’t pause long enough to objectively look at our progress. Then, celebrate what has been done so far. Make adjustments and continue the journey.
Check beyond the results. If results are the only thing we evaluate and we fall short of our expectations >> we will start putting pressure on those around us or resort to doing things in isolation. However, if we have invited God into our goals, they are not ours. Obstacles can feel insurmountable if our focus is on our own efforts rather than in partnership with the giver of our goals. We will walk in fear instead of faith.
Pause and remember we are not alone in achieving our goals. We have a God that grants wisdom, offers direction and opens doors in unexpected ways.
I asked God for a word to be my focus for 2020 >> confident faith. Our goals for Kingdom impact have so much potential. Why be timid? Follow God’s lead. Recognize our dependence on Him. Invite confidence into our faith as we believe that God can do more than we could ask or imagine.
Confident faith is active. It means stepping out and taking action. In doing and seeing results our faith grows. When we believe, our actions follow without a second thought.
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.James 2:18
Confident faith is fueled by others. We have moments where we are ready to throw in the towel or have no clue what to do next. We need a tribe, wise advisers, and a community of people who encourage, challenge and inspire us to love and do good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
Seeing THEIR faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, My child, your sins are forgiven.”Mark 2:5
Confident faith is focused on the source. Not the goal, not the results, not even faith itself >> but staying tuned into what God is saying about the goals, the results, and his faithfulness.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.John 15:4
We may not achieve every goal, resources and support might fall short, or we may make mistakes. But, confident faith means we can confidently believe God will provide wisdom and direction as we continue to pursue our goals. We might be surprised at what we actually achieve.
We have written down goals, invited God into our goals, made plans to overcome obstacles in past blogs and now we lean into our goal giver with confident faith to achieve our goals against all odds. We can expect more when we give prayerful, focused attention to our goals. So, what goal habits will help you throughout the year?
- Review written goals daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly
- Let the activities of your goals populate your to-do list
- Pray and ask God what he is saying about your goals
- Look back regularly at God’s faithfulness in your ministry
What other habits would you add? Comment below!