This morning I woke up at 4:00, prayed, made coffee, and returned to my upstairs office to do a little writing. What I noticed as I walked back up was that I felt good — I mean really good. I was standing upright — not slumped over. I wasn’t winded after going up and down that flight of stairs a few times. This is what it must feel like to be free, unencumbered, alive. I put both hands in the air and stretched — extending my hands as high as I could and gave God a high five for giving me my daily bread. What a privilege it is to serve as his hands and feet.
Life would be so easy if all we had to do was what we wanted to do. Fortunately, we get to do so much more, but it’s not easy. Changing and growing as a result of surrender is hard work. It’s not always pretty either. To God, you’re beautiful, and his opinion is all that truly matters.
It’s time to get back to business — the business of taking steps toward surrendering the main thing that’s keeping you tethered to the world rather than the vine. It’s not serving any purpose other than causing you grief. By now, you have identified it. So, let’s write a S.M.A.R.T. goal. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-sensitive. Here’s a sample (but you are welcome to create your own):
Today I’m starting a 30-Day fast from complaining because it is a worldly behavior that keeps me tethered to the world rather than the vine. Apart from the vine, I cannot grow. I will never become a better version of myself without surrendering my habit of complaining. I will do this by finding a verse about complaining to study and pray God’s words back to him. In 30 days’ time, I will be free of this worldly behavior.
It doesn’t take long to break a bad habit, but it takes action on your part. We can’t just passively pray; you must move toward the vision you spoke into existence on day four. Scroll down to the comments and share your S.M.A.R.T. goals. May blessings abound! <3
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