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‘I KEEP WORKING TOWARD THAT DAY WHEN I WILL FINALLY BE
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THE
vercoming
SERIES
ALL THAT CHRIST... WANTS ME TO BE’ PHILIPPIANS 3:12.
If your goal is to become all God wants you to be, then more resolutions aren’t the
answer. Based on your track record, you know just about how long they last. But
don’t let past performance stand in the way of your future plans.
Here’s an important key: if you focus only on the end result, you’ll get overwhelmed.
Father, thank
Tackle one thing at a time. Start with a specifi c area, even a diffi cult one. Golfer
You for the
Arnold Palmer said:
opportunities You
‘The most rewarding things in life are often ones that look like they can’t be done!’
have placed in my
Here’s a four-point plan to get you started: 1) No more excuses. By saying, ‘That’s
life to serve others
just the way I am,’ or ‘Everybody does it,’ you rationalise disobedience and diminish
and to serve You.
conviction. Don’t say that anymore! 2) Set manageable goals. Approach your target
Help me, Lord, see
with a rifl e, not a shotgun. Instead of reaching for everything, grasp only those
the benefi t in the
things that are important to your personal growth this year. 3) Be reasonable. It
things that I do and
takes 21 days for a habit to take root. Setbacks are part of the process. If you get keep a positive
off track, just get back on again! Perseverance is the secret! 4) Be optimistic. Paul perspective about
says, ‘We are saved by hope’ (Romans 8:24). Keep reminding yourself that, ‘with my work even
God’s help I can do it,’ and you’ll discover you can! Change is painful; not changing when it seems to
is even more painful! Remember, Paul didn’t say he’d arrived, he said, ‘I’m working be going wrong.
toward that day’ (Philippians 3:13 TLB). So, what are you waiting for? Get cracking! Thank You, Lord,
for my abilities, my
Superwoman!
God-given wisdom
and the confi dence
‘MANY WOMEN DO NOBLE THINGS, BUT YOU SURPASS THEM ALL’
I have in You,
PROVERBS 31:29.
Let me see Your
Kingdom come in
Proverbs Chapter 31 can be either your launching pad or your gallows: it’s up to
Jesus’ Name. Amen
you! Do you think you should be able to do it all; have a successful career, be a
wife and a lover, win the mother-of-the-year award and cook like Delia Smith? You
can be all God wants you to be but not all at once. You need to tackle each thing in
season.
Solomon says there is ‘...a season for every activity...’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV). The secret
The secret is to enjoy the season you’re in right now. If you don’t learn to do that,
is to enjoy
everybody will suffer, especially you. You’ll fi nd yourself resenting your kids, your
husband and the 101 things that seem to take up all your time .Don’t set yourself
the season
up for failure by demanding perfection in every area of your life. Ask God to help you
you’re in
set obtainable goals; ones that stretch you, not stress you!
Paul says, ‘I consider my life worth nothing...if only I may...complete the task the
right now.
Lord Jesus has given me...’ (Acts 20:24 NIV). What has God given you to do today?
If it’s raising children, do it with joy, for soon they’ll be grown up and gone. If it’s a
career, become ‘salt and light’ on the job; infl uence those around you for God. You’re
not a failure because you can’t do it all, you’re just human! The grace required
comes with the assignment given. Beyond that, you’re on your own!
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