Next, what are some small goals that will lead you in the direction of your long term goals?
And finally what steps can you take today to achieve the small goals?
Trying to reach our long term goals can deter us from reaching the small ones. Because they seem so unattainable.
But if you have someone around you that can walk with you and encourage you and maybe give you a push from time to time, then slowly with small steps you can accomplish and reach the long term goals that you seek.
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There have been a lot of selfish and violent acts lately where the culprit(s) have absolutely no regard for others. They seem to have replaced love with hate and peace with chaos. Their minds have twisted their perceptions on life and human beings; their feelings have been expressed through acts of terror. Understanding where this behavior comes from can help us to not only help these lost souls but also prevent more tragedies in the future.
There is a word that comes to mind when I read headlines like:
Manchester Arena Suicide Bombing: 22 Die at Ariana Grande Concert
We all get lost from time to time and need help finding our way home. This may be caused by poor upbringing, or bad circumstances, or our wants and desires for something better. But the fact of the matter is, home is where we belong. So how do we find our way home if we get lost?
The prodigal son is a common story, a Sunday school story, a lost and found, if you will type of story that starts and ends in a home.
It’s a story about a Father, 2 sons, and a farmer that the younger son attaches himself to, in the time of adversity.
Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s important… When my son was born there were some complications. He wasn’t breathing well, so they took him to the ICU and hooked him up to a lot of machines. His mom was recovering from the surgery, so I was the only one able to go and see him. I remember how scared I was for him and for us that day. This was our first child, our son, the child we had been praying for.
As I approached his small bed, my heart was raising and felt like it had dropped down to my stomach. All I could see were tubes and wires running everywhere. When I came around to the side of the bed, tears running down my face, I reached over and placed my hand on his tiny head and rubbed it gently. I will never forget the feeling of that moment. (As I am writing this post, I am reminded by tears of emotions.) While I was rubbing his head he opened his bright blue eyes and looked at me. It was more than just a look though, it was an acknowledgment and an awareness. He could have looked anywhere in the room, it was his first day on this earth, but he chose to look my direction and see me.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.“(1Cor. 13:11)
Everyone matures at different rates. A 40-year-old adult may act like a teenager, and conversely, a teenager may act like a 40-year-old adult. It all depends on your emotional state. What you have learned growing up and what you have been exposed to or adapted to, play a major part in your development and maturity. I was a child long after the age of a child. Even today, I am emotionally and spiritually immature in a lot of ways and sometimes feel as if I do not fit in.