<<chase, follow>>

When a definite objective is identified, time is invested along with strenuous effort and personal sacrifice, in the hope of obtaining the goal, and having the belief this is possible.  There is motivation and action, not a casual ‘I’ll think about it’ or ‘if-it-happens-it-happens’ approach. The person who keeps one goal in mind makes all things serve that end; with self-discipline everything is focused on achieving an objective that inspires and enthuses. Do I have a burning passion that compels me forward?

Ensure what drives you has a Godly objective, which will count for eternity and not be burnt up as worthless, so causing eternal regret (1 Cor 3:12-15). People go after all

Am I pursuing worthwhile goals?

sorts of lesser gods – fame, fortune and worldly success. Paul’s instructions to Timothy were to flee from what the world considers desirable achievements, instead pursuing righteous and Godly qualities (1 Tim 6:11). We should actively seek and welcome whatever is of God but actively resist and refuse whatever is from Satan, aware that by default it will come.

While it is largely an individual’s responsibility to bring personal goals to fruition, other bigger goals require the input of like-minded people to provide impetus, added direction and balance. Whatever your dream, it is essential to have a clear picture in your mind so you remain focused and determined when the path gets obscured or obstacles appear, along with a robust faith to sustain the momentum when setbacks and discouragement come. Be prepared to pay the price to obtain your objective, and not falter part way there (Mt 13:44-46; Lk 14:28).

"The Lord...loves those who pursue righteousness" (Prov 15:9). Righteousness is a reflection of His character which is the opposite to our sinfulness. By our efforts of good works and rule keeping we can't produce anything that is acceptable to God (Isa 64:6; Rom 8:8). Rather it is by humbly believing in Jesus and acting accordingly we are justified as we live a lifestyle of surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Ps 51:10; Rom 3:20,28, 5:1, 10:10; Gal 2:16, 3:6; Col 3:1; Jas 2:23).

See also: accomplishment, cost, determined, dreams, drive/driven, effort, focus, goal, motive/motivation, passion, pursuing God.

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