I could see it in their eyes. Envy. Not the green-eyed monster kind of envy, but the respectful admiration they hoped to earn one day, as well.
We, the graduating class of Slidell High, were lining up in the school’s main hallway to practice for the big event we once thought would never come. Seeing the admiring looks from our lower classmates, we enjoyed the satisfaction our perseverance had produced.
However, had we not persisted in studying and doing our homework (even when we didn’t feel like doing so), we would have missed that enviable pride and satisfaction that comes with dedication and hard work.
Yet, I wonder how many of my fellow graduates share my frustration for the times we haven’t practiced that same perseverance since. For the times we’ve allowed procrastination to steal other milestones we could have experienced. But it’s not too late. (And, it’s not too late for you, either.)
What if we were to recall the great feelings we have experienced every time we accomplished a goal and allow those memories to help us become more disciplined and focused once again? Let’s ask God to show us the plans He still has for us – the plans that we’ve given up on.
How fulfilling would it be to finally get your GED, apply for that promotion, start your own business or ministry, dust off the book manuscript you’ve yet to finish?
When we live productive lives, we have better days – better lives.
“You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you” (Psalm 128:2 ESV).
So, how about it? Have you gotten off-track regarding a goal (something God has put on your heart) that used to keep you up at night with excitement? Why not seek God about it or another dream you’ve been contemplating?
As we trust God in our labor, there’s something about the respect and admiration we receive from others (after investing our time and skill on a project or goal) that’s healthy and motivating – enviable.
But the respect and admiration we will love most will be that which we feel for ourselves.
What about you?
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- What is your favorite memory of a time of great accomplishment?
- What dream or goal have you put aside that, with prayer and focus, you can begin working toward?
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