Day 8 – You and God: Sustainable Success
“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
God will never leave you
In today’s main verse, John 17:3, Jesus teaches us what eternal life is; one where we know God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We don’t know when we will be with God in heaven, but we can work on perfecting our relationship with Him whilst we live on earth. Jesus so beautifully explains His perfect relationship with God in John 8:29. We must remember that we too are sons and daughters of God, and He who created us is with us. God has never left you alone, despite you doing things that don’t please Him! There is no better demonstration of love than the unconditional love of God.
A Prayer To Get You Started
Heavenly Father, thank you for the plans I now have to improve my relationship with you. I submit them all to you and pray that you would order my steps. As I seek to walk in your ways, show me how to not get distracted but to be faithful in fulfilling what you have called me to do. Change me for the better, in mind, body and soul.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
The Five A’s
We achieve sustainable success of our vision plans by answering the five A questions:
What do you need to be aware of?
What can aid you?
What should you avoid?
How can you automate?
What next after you analyse?
Here we take stock of things that can affect us achieving our goals that are hard, if not impossible, to change. This can include:
- passions: reading the Word or playing a computer game
- personality: being organised or lazy
- responsibilities: extra commitments at work or at church
Here we take an inventory of anything and anyone that could help us achieve our goals. This includes:
- positive mantras: “I am the apple of God’s eye”, “He delivered me because He delighted in me”, or “I can ask for wisdom and He will gladly and generously give it to me” or any other fitting Bible verses
- resources: protected time or a study Bible
- environment: having a quiet place to sit alone, or being in close proximity to your church
- personality: being highly motivated or well organised
- people: accountability partners*, or someone you might go to Bible school with
- complementary agenda: using the commute to work to be in the Word, exclusively listening to gospel when you need background music
*Having accountability partners you can trust can really help in reminding you to stick to your goals. They are people we trust to have our backs, want to see us flourish and are willing to give us tough love when we are dropping the ball. People we report to and celebrate our progress with and those we confide in and ask for help when we are struggling. These people are priceless.
This is where we identify what could derail us from achieving our goals so we can prevent it:
- negative mantras: “God doesn’t care about me”, “He won’t speak to me”, or “I’m too far gone for God to want a relationship with me.” or any other negative and false thoughts you might have
- resources: too much time on social media or no quick access to a Bible
- environment: busy and noisy, or no alone time
- people: anyone who doesn’t respect boundaries or your faith
- competing agendas: hobbies, vices or addictions
The more we work on routines becoming a habit, the more we can ensure sustainable success. Therefore we need a:
- Trigger: could be a set time or place you could engage with God, or a notification on your phone
- Routine: the activity itself, such as reading the Word, or listening to gospel music
- Reward: what you get for completing your routine, which should be you achieving your SMART goals. But it could be some other measure of success you have identified
By evaluating your SMART goals and habits you can identify your trajectory and act accordingly. So, you either:
- Continue: everything is going great and you are noticing positive change between you and God
- Correct: you are not seeing the results you should be or are hoping for, so something needs to change
- Close down: either you have fully achieved success or correcting the SMART goal and/or habit won’t make it stick, and so you replace it completely instead.
Psalm 1 shows the benefits of following the Word of God
John 17 is Jesus’ offering us the High Priestly Prayer
Tomorrow we review Self: Vision Planning.
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It is very important to remember to make time for God. To start your day giving thanks and praise. For me this clears the mist of darkness and confusion from my eyes and mind. A sense of peace and calm envelopes me, that opens my mind. That allows me to absorb what I’m reading and understanding of the daily devotional.
Thank you. Blessings always.