God’s Word On Being Successful


One morning I woke up and decided to do something about my weight. I’m not sure what triggered such a relentless feeling. My pastor has had great success at losing weight and making muscle so that may have been the firing pin for this bullet but nevertheless I am on a direct aim to take some pounds off and create leaner muscle.

Starting off I only ran for maybe ten minutes. I didn’t want to overburden myself to the point of burnout so I took it easy. This week I decided to step it up a notch and go twice as far. That really means about eighteen minutes. Typically where I turn left to run back to the house, I turned right to run my path again. My body reared in deep agony like a horse being turned away when the barn is in sight.

I knew I was going to have to work harder, push harder, and be determined to do this because if I didn’t, it would be a long trudge back to the house in disappointment. I started praying not for my benefit and strength but for others so I could get my mind off what I had just decided to do. God spoke his word to me as I listened to my feet hit the pavement and watched the grass move by so fast it blurred the blades.

Psalm 119:115 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Then He shared with me about Abraham and how He didn’t tell Abraham where he was to go, He just told him to go. Genesis 12

What’s the point I’m trying to make? Don’t focus so much on the long-term goal so as to miss the short-term goal. As I was running, I just put my head down and focused on running the next five steps, then the next five steps, then the next five steps. As I continued, I realized that I was gaining ground on my long-term goal, the house.

I believe if we focus on the long-term goal too much we won’t get there because we see how far away it is and we get depressed or worse, discouraged that we will never get there. If we focus on the short-term goal, the feet that has been lit and the path that has light, then before we know it we are arriving at our destination. God didn’t tell Abraham where to go. He lit his feet and set a light on his path and said go.

Is there something that you want to do but the end game is too far out of reach? Start with the first five steps, before you know it, you’ll arrive at your destination because you spent more time focused on the short-term goal with the long-term in mind.

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Associate Pastor of GraceLife Church, author of Faith Debugged, musician and baseball enthusiast

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