Walking With God

Setting My Goal

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
--- Philippians 3:14

During my review for the medical boards, I gained 10lbs in a span of 4 months and promised myself to exercise when all of this is over. I successfully passed the medical boards with the help of the LORD, the oath taking is over and now I have to face the music (as my friend Joni always say).

One early morning, I woke up and decided to go to Philam park for a walk and to start my work out. I got out of bed and changed into my jogging outfit, washed my face, brushed my teeth and tied up my rubber shoes. I got into my car and drove off to the park. While going there, I decided to set a goal for myself, that, I have to finish 10 rounds before I go home.

Upon reaching the park, I got out of the car and started my exercise and joined the people there. So there I was enjoying every step, inhaling and exhaling fresh air, appreciating the green grass and looking at the dried leaves falling from the trees while listening to my ipod. As I continued to walk around the park, I uttered a prayer to the Lord thanking him for the wonderful morning and asking Him what His message is for me that day.

On my 5th round, I felt fatigue, hunger and thirst setting in. I entertained the thought of giving up, going home and sleeping again. As the idea battled in my mind, I was reminded about the goal I have set just a while ago. I kept on walking and as I looked around, I saw myself in the midst of men and women decades older than me who continued to move on. Some even suffered from a stroke that had difficulty walking, some took on small steps with a cane on hand and some took on pauses before they continued their walk but still they kept on walking.

God made me realize that each of us have set our own goals in our lives. Be it about having a family, pursuing a career path, correcting a past mistake, reaching a dream, passing a board exam, starting a business, or even moving on from an unsuccessful relationship. The process wonít be easy. We will or we may encounter a lot of stumbling blocks, obstacles and hurdles that may push us to just give up, cry and feel sorry for ourselves.

Let's stop and look around. Let us remember that God is always there the moment we open our eyes in the morning, accompanying us in every step of the way until we reach our goals. Let us consult and entrust to the Lord all our plans because He is the creator of all things and He knows whatís best for us.

And lastly, let us be inspired with the people around us who had experienced the same or even a greater amount of difficulty but still did not give up and continued until they reach their goals and now is savoring their success with the help of our LORD. I guess you know now what their secret is.

Amazed by the men and women whom I walked with that morning, I finished my goal, had the Lordís message in my heart and went home after my 10th round of walking. It felt good. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I hope you and I can apply what God made me realize this morning.

Have a blessed day everyone! God bless us all.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Copyright © 2011 Melissa Claire L. Masalunga

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