Begin with the end in mind


Do the thoughts of holiday business overwhelm you instead of excite you?  Sometimes the day in and day out of life can feel monotonous and meaningless if we don't keep our end goals in front of us. Even a super busy life like mine can feel that way if I focus too much on the miraid of seemingly insignificant things on my to-do list. 

When we have a clear picture of what is before us, what God has called us to do, we can endure any stumbling blocks along the way. The enemy will always magnify the pain we're going through but when we understand the joy that is set before us, we can focus on that joy instead of the pain.

As we run our race, Hebrews 12:1-3 tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Verse 2 tells us that Jesus was able to endure the sufferings of the cross because of the joy that was set before him. Verse 3 reminds us to remember how Jesus focused on that joy when our minds are being attacked.

Philippians 2:5-11 confirms this by saying, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus..." 1 Corinthians 2:16 also reminds us that we have the mind of Christ. We are able to think exactly like Jesus thinks! How? By spending time with our Father. That's how Jesus knew what to think. 

So when we're feeling overwhelmed by the many details of life and it doesn't seem like we're making any progress, let's stop and remind ourselves of why we do what we do everyday. If you don't have a why, take some time to ask God why He created you. It's for a very special and specific purpose and He's eager to let you in on His plans for you! :)