Helen Keller once said, “Is there anything worse than blindness? Yes, eyesight with no vision.”
Do you know where you want to be in the next few years? Do you have a vision of becoming more focused on your Christian faith? Do you get a vision for the things of God, so that you can become purpose-driven for God?
When you make your goals for God first in your life, then press toward the mark He has established for your life. He will bless you in your going and in your coming. I have firsthand knowledge of this fact. He will bless you in your personal goals, too — those little things that mean so much to you.
The Bible reminds us in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Trust in God. Grab hold to visions that cause you to do something about them, those dreams that so grip you that you cannot let them go, no matter how hard you try. Our lives become purpose-driven in God and begins to take on a life of its own.
Eyesight with no vision is truly a problem. The goal is to work smart, not hard, by hearing the voice of the Lord who provides you with a step-by-step guide. His voice, the Holy Spirit, will surely provide the “how-to” instructions you may need to make your dreams and visions come to pass. God can do more in one Divine Breath than you can in a lifetime of 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working round the clock. Is your success journey on life support? Are you supporting it with your life and efforts without God?
The goal of this column is to remind each of us how important it is for us to set and reach goals, then execute those goals by staying focused as God guides you every step of the way! It’s biblical — Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
You’ve got to have a burning desire for whatever it is that you have decided that you plan to begin to set goals to achieve. YOU have to want it. Don’t establish the goal just to make money, either. Choose something you are truly excited about — you will do it for free! That’s when you know you’re on the right track.
Next, have faith: Scripture says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Believe you can achieve your goal. See yourself doing and having whatever it is you want. Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich,” writes, “Riches begin in the form of thought! The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the thought is put into motion. Faith removes limitations!”
Use positive affirmations to reach your goal. Turning desire for money or success into reality requires sending your subconscious mind phrases and mantras that support your goal. You have to repeat out loud what it is that you want, and how you plan to get it, so you become obsessed with your purpose, Hill explains: “Your ability to use the principle of auto-suggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.”
Scripture says, “Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” Specialized knowledge means you have a gift that is better than most. Do others come to you for your specialty? If not, go back to school, and become the best at what you want to be. Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business or profession. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge-acquiring period ends when one finishes school. Remember, Scripture says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email email@example.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.