And just like that, we’re on the downhill side of the 2013 mountain! The year is halfway done, and I know I’m not the only one who feels like this time is slipping through my fingers just a bit too quickly. Nevertheless, there is no time to complain about opportunities missed, because there is still a race to run. There are still goals to be met and a prize to be won this year.
At the beginning of the year, I shared my belief that God was giving us the green light in 2013. He used 2010, 2011, and 2012 to uniquely shape you and prepare you so that this year, you would be ready to go! So, this year, I’ve made an effort to encourage you on this marathon, and as we enter the second half of the year, I think it’s important for us to talk about the “chase”.
The chase is what you’re doing to get where you’re trying to go. You have a destination in mind, and you’ve been praying about it, and you believe it’s what God told you to “go” after for 2013. So…there you go…and you’re running. Chasing after a career, higher education, a relationship, etc. And I applaud your faithfulness to the pursuit. However, as you’re making your moves, just make sure to remember you’ve packed a few things with you as you continue on your journey:
- Peace – one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5, you’re going to need your peace in order to maintain the proper focus throughout your walk on this path. There are guaranteed to be distractions designed to frustrate and discourage you, to alienate you from God and from those who support you, so your peace will be important in helping you deal.
- Purpose – the reason you’re running this race is to fulfill your calling in the earth. You should be seeking to complete the mission God had for you when He sent you here to earth. Maintaining a sense of purpose will help you remember the “why” – why you are on this path, why you were sent, why your mission needs to be accomplished, etc.
- Progress – Identify and acknowledge your markers of success. You’re not going to instantaneously be on the medal stand wearing your gold and waving to crowds as the national anthem plays in the background. So, you need to make sure you are cognizant of small scale progress and success to keep you encouraged and help you understand the value of the process.
- Power Source – most importantly, remember that your vision is from God, as well as your ability to complete it. So, the strength, energy, and resources you need are all present in your power source. The Lord is your battery; He will keep you empowered as your chase your dreams, provided that you stay aligned with Him in the process. Without His power, you will not be able to accomplish the very tasks you’ve been praying about for so long.
These are you necessary tools as you journey forth chasing that which is destined for you. Make sure you stay stocked up, and if you feel a deficiency developing in any of these areas, stop and re-up.