Here’s my lesson on how to reach a goal with a whole lot of target practice.
The dawn of day has yet to crack, the chickens are still snoring, and I awake to the sound of rubber slamming glass at record high speeds. Snap. Donk! Snap. Donk! Again and again. “What in the world?!” I say as I run to the kitchen.
And there she is. Brown hair, bright eyes, and every bit of bushy-tailed. A brand spanking new 5-year-old holding her brand new bow. And not the girley-girl, big bodacious hair bow kind. I’m talking about the real deal. Her current weapon of choice. All pearly plastic with suction cup tips.
“What are you DOING?!” I ask and glare with stinging, sleep-deprived eyes. Doe-eyed but willful, she responds, “I just can’t even help myself from shooting it, I just love it so much! I gotta get that circle!” Pause. Now for the kicker. She adds, “And YOU gave it to me!” No, she didaaant! But wait a minute, I sure did. I gave her the bow AND the gumption.
“Oh, girl,” I sigh. She’s got me, but even more, He’s got me. Point made. Right on target. What a picture. Scotch-taped to the window. I’m sleeping while she’s aiming. And she ‘aint stopping ’til she gets it. She’s got an early morning date with destiny. A big red dot ready for her mark and her initials carved right in the center of fear and failure. They taunt and they tease. Then she shuts them up and smacks ’em down with the end of a well-aimed suction cup. And then again. And again. She’ll aim dead center for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
So where’s your mark? What’s your big red dot? Write it down. And you plaster and paste it for your eyes to see. Visualize the target day in and day out. Whether it’s a goal, a quota, a number or theme. A yearly resolution or a daily devotion. Believe more. Then doubt less and fast fear. Give them up, lay them down, and pick Him up. Have a CROSSbow moment.
How are you gonna hit the target? You’re going to use the gifts He gave you. And if what’s on that list, that goal, that number, is for your good to display His glory, chances are, He’s the one who gave it to you in the first place. And He gave you the gifts to get it done. For first place. And while you hold them in your hand, you remember that He’s got your initials engraved in the palm of his.
My girl’s aiming for a red dot on a window. I’m aiming with God’s red letters shot straight to the heart. Now you give it all you got. And you got this. Because He has you. He’s got you in His sights, and girlfriend, He plays for keeps. He aims to win. Your heart and those all around YOUR circle. Pull back, hold steady, aim high. But look straight ahead. Don’t turn to the left or the right. Eyes on the circle and the prize. Now let it go. Whoosh! You got it! Now keep going. Again. And again.
Practice Reminders: (Again and again. And again.)
And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Habakuk 2:2
Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful…Deut. 8:18
Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17
See, I have engraved you in the palms of my hands…Isaiah 49:16
So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Deut. 5:32
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:14