Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5 NLT).
The same is true with your life. If you’re directionless, you’ll just drift through without much impact. But if you focus on a few key goals, then you can make a powerful impact on the world for God.
The Bible says, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5 NLT).
One of the great examples of focus in the Bible is the story in Genesis 24. God had promised to create a great nation through Abraham’s own family. But Abraham was getting old, and his son, Isaac, still didn’t have any kids. He wasn’t even married yet. So Abraham gave his servant a goal of finding a wife for his son. Abraham told his servant, “Don’t get a wife from the Canaanites, who live around here. Go back to my country, to the land of my relatives, and find a wife for Isaac.”
Like all good goals, the servant’s goal was clear. He knew he needed to find Isaac a wife, and he knew exactly what kind of wife to look for. He needed to find a wife from Abraham’s homeland. You’ll never reach a vague goal because you’ll never know if you’ve completed it. Abraham’s servant didn’t have that problem.
For example, if your goal is to be a better parent, that’s vague. Even if you set the goal of spending more time with your children, you’ll never really know if you’ve completed the goal.
But if you commit to spending an hour every Tuesday evening with your children, that’s specific. You’ll know whether or not you’ve completed it. Those kinds of goals can change your life.
So what specific goal will you set for yourself as you pursue a more focused life?
“We are affair proof”
Make your marriage affair-proof. Start with your own thoughts.
The grass always appears greener on the other side of the fence. In reality, it is greenest where it is being watered. The first step to an affair-proof marriage is therefore the watering.
Bringing water into the desert is quite an endeavour. The same is true for marriage: from time to time, it takes such an endeavour. An extended journey as a couple, far away from daily responsibilities, an adventure together, to create something just for the two of you, conversations with a mature couple…
The next step is honesty. Talk with your spouse about temptations and about who you find attractive. Bring it before God and lay it down.
Create something together, make arts and crafts, speak about your plans for “watering” your marriage and your temptations.