Set small awesome goals

[Notice: I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of my upcoming book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day In A Biblical, Relevant Way.” Enjoy!]

If I asked you about some of the big goals in your life, what would you say? Something about making a difference… or nurturing a certain kind of family… or sharing God’s love in a powerful way… or a professional achievement?

A lot of us have goals. But we don’t always achieve them.

One of the reasons we fail is because we’re not sure how to get from here to there. It’s too big a leap. So we stumble, and bumble, and get frustrated.

That’s why it can help to make small awesome goals.

Small awesome goals are stepping stones in the direction of something great. Even if they don’t get you from here to there in one day, they set you on the right trajectory and start to quench those incessant feelings of frustration.

Do you want to be a prayer warrior? Decide to pray three times a day. Set an alarm if you have to.

Do you want to have a strong marriage? Decide to do three things daily to bless your spouse. Maybe it’s picking up junk around the house or doing the dishes or being the taxi on Saturday morning so they can get a bit more rest.

Do you want to start that new business venture that you keep putting off? Choose three evenings in the next four weeks to do some research and answer some ground-level business questions.

Every gold medal moment, every joyous faithful home, every “overnight” success story, is the result of small awesome goals that are set and met day by day by day.

I’m reminded of Proverbs 21:5 (ESV): “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance…”

If you’re frustrated because you’re not sure how to get from here to there, make some small awesome goals and start now.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” And neither were you. And neither are your dreams.

You don’t need to arrive before the sun goes down, but you do need to lay some bricks.

By Matthew Ruttan

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