Vantage Point: Achieve Your Goals
By Ken Horn
Sept. 29, 2013
How many people have never become all they could be simply because they quit when things got hard? How many have failed to achieve their dreams not because those dreams were impossible, but because they were difficult? Negative expectation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, not because of mind over matter, but because the person who expects nothing usually stops trying.
I’m not talking about positive thinking, but something better — having God-given goals.
God has made men and women to work in partnership with Him. If you strive toward a goal He has given you, why would you fail? The person who truly trusts God should never quit. Circumstances can arise that dim hope, but a person confident in God instead sees only a possible delay, never a stop sign.
The apostle Paul’s attitude clearly illustrates the way a person of faith approaches difficulties. When Paul faced intimidating adversaries, he responded by seeing opportunities: “A great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me” (1 Corinthians 16:9, NIV). Paul saw past the opposition to the open door.
Too many people can’t see past the problems. Result: They often quit. The person of faith acknowledges the problems, but looks past them to the opportunities.
Too often people have said, “The door is closed,” and turned away from opportunity, when in reality the door was wide open. It just had a few obstacles in front of it. Obstacles are not barriers. They can be breached. When God is the One who opened the door before you, no one can close it (see Revelation 3:8).
Adversaries, or even well-meaning but doubtful people, may try to convince you a door is closed; but they can’t close it. God has made you with the ability to go through, around, over or under those obstacles. Or even to cast them aside (Matthew 21:21). Adversaries can clog a door, but only you can “close” it ... by walking away.
When difficulties stand between you and God’s will for your life, your future depends on this decision. Will you look at the difficulties and lament your misfortune, or will you look at the open door, and, with God’s help, choose to find the way to go through it?
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