If you’re going to hit a goal, you better set a mark for it. Sounds simple enough, right? But…how do you know if you’ve set your mark where you need to? That’s something to consider.
I’ve been thinking about it as I’ve been reading and studying James lately. I thought it might be just the thing to help motivate me during NCN this year. OUR goal for this NCN-project is relatively simple in the setting–and a lot more difficult in the doing. We are attempting to go without complaining for an entire month.
Right off the bat, James made me wonder if my bar was set too low.
“…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
“Count it all joy,” he says.
Well. Don’t just NOT complain about it, but look for the joy in it when things don’t go your way, he says. Get ready to get better and then go beyond better to “perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
This quick note of “encouragement”/lesson in setting goals is brought to you by GOD and the Apostle James for those of us who still haven’t made it through every day of this first week of NCN without complaining yet. (grin) NOW, this doesn’t seem quite as much of a workout, right? Just kidding. Like anything worth doing, NCN requires plenty of effort. (for me, at least!) We all need to start somewhere. If we’re going to hit our mark and reach the goal of NCN, let’s aim for the stars while we’re not complaining! Who knows? Maybe we’ll find our way toward joy in the process.
I’m praying that’s the case for each of us! Focus on smiling and finding joy today as you work without complaining.
Reminder: You can do this! For now, think: PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION!
Grace and Peace!