Mark Alan Williams
Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try. –Esther Thomas
Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try. For every goal or objective that’s been
achieved, one has made a decision of their will to invest and expend the necessary resources to complete the task.
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Every accomplishment begins with a decision to try, but also for me, an admission of my lack of ability and complete dependence on the Lord. God presents an opportunity for me to serve Him or to work on spiritual growth, and initally I experience some fear and doubt. Then He helps me to make a decision to try and I’ve found that if I am willing to take a step of faith and trust Him, He will help me. He is faithful to give me His grace and power to reach each accomplishment that previously seemed impossible.
Recently, with God’s help I’ve been working on contentment and I’ve found that in addition to Scripture memorization, listening to Gospel music every morning is extremely helpful. Both habits fill my mind with truth about God’s character and increase my contentment. I know that for each accomplishment that honors God, I can count on His help to reach every goal.
For every accomplishment there is a price to pay. One must sacrifice resources of time, money and effort for each gain; whether we are seeking fame, fortune or to advance the Kingdom of God.
One must first decide what accomplishment is worthy of our pursuit. We can evaluate how we spend time and money to see what is most important to us.
We can ask:
Every accomplishment takes planning, work and effort. A deficiency in any of these areas will
affect the success of our goal. But, the good news is that even if we have failed, we can learn
from it and try again each day, and with fresh resolve and God’s help continue until we reach the desired outcome.
As Christians, each goal and accomplishment should be in harmony with God’s will and Word. In other words, each accomplishment should honor Him.
We need wisdom to know what goals honor God, and thankfully we can ask for that, along with His guidance. Then we can trust Him to provide the knowledge we need; and to lead us according to His Word and will.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (NIV)
Psalm 143:10 says, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” (NLT)
"Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." (Psalm 25:4-5 NIV)
Some goals have specific time frames while others are more fluid. For example a goal of debt
reduction usually requires setting specific deadlines. But, working towards contentment is an
accomplishment that is ongoing and less tangible to measure.
Both are Biblical and God honoring, but with debt elimination, we can see when our goal is
reached, whereas with contentment our progress is more subjective.
Our success in the accomplishment of our goals requires prayer and accountability. In addition, we need God’s help and His Word to find promises to help us.
We can prayerfully seek Bible verses that are relevant, appropriate and faith building for the
goals that we set.
Philippians 4:13 says, “For I can do everything through Christ, [a] who gives me strength.” (NLT)
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (NIV)
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (ESV)
For every accomplishment that we try to achieve for spiritual growth and progress; we can besure that we will face temptation and trials, to hinder and discourage us. Therefore, we need to watch and pray, and look for the way of escape when tempted. We can also fight using the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Matthew 26:41 says, “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” (NLT)
"The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)
Each accomplishment begins with the decision to try.
Often times, that requires that we take a risk and attempt to make a change. While change is
never easy, and we may enter unfamiliar and uncharted territory; with each success, we will
grow in our faith and confidence in God’s faithfulness.
“Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” (Colossians 1:10 NLT)
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