As we discussed yesterday, just a simple question of “What’s one thing you can do to make this happen?” opened up a whole new world of solutions in my brain.
Today, I want to introduce you to another mechanism that can help you step into the call of God for your life with more clarity.
They’re called… drumroll please… constraints!
What? Constraints? Yes, a constraint, aka a limitation or restriction.
So why constraints?
Time is a fixed resource here on Earth. We only have 24 hours in a day of it.
As humans, we were created to subdue the earth, to live full of passion, dreams, and calling! (Genesis 1:26)
That’s why it feels AWFUL to be stagnant. It’s super uncomfortable.
Want more proof? In scripture, it says that God has called us to be His workmanship, created in Christ for good works. We are called to dream, have vision, and live a life full of purpose! (Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11)
But oftentimes, we lose sight of dreams because we don’t chunk down our goals into bite sized pieces that are actually able to be managed, assessed, and tracked for progress.
In this case, that’s what was causing so much overwhelm for me!
In fact, the Bible says to write the vision, make it plain! (Habakkuk 2:2)
How can we make something plain if it’s not specific, measurable, and actionable?
This is where constraints come in. I hope you learn to love and appreciate them as much as I have.
Constraints, or limitations, provide us with the accountability we need to get things done.
Instead of: “I’d really like to write a song one day.”
Add Some Constraints:
“I will write one complete song by December 1st of this year, in thirty days. I will do that by buying “How to Song-write” on Amazon, reading 10 pages a day for 14 days (if a 140 page book) which I will read at 7:30am after my 20 minutes of God time at 7a daily. I will take 15 minutes to apply what I have read through writing every day for 10 days. I will then continue to write for 15 minutes a day for the remaining 20 days until I have a completed song. My goal is to have at least one completed song by the end of 30 days.
^^ See how this comes to life? How suddenly, just like asking the right question, this seems POSSIBLE? I’m getting excited just thinking about it!
Dream: I’d really like to get closer to God this year.
Add Some Constraints:
“I desire to hear from God, attend church every Sunday, and make some more Christian friends. To do that, I am going to set aside 20 minutes to pray, worship, and read daily at 7am. I am going to be in bed by 10pm five days per week to help me ensure I get up, because I hate mornings and need my sleep. When I don’t “feel like it,” I will call my friend Toni to encourage me, as we are doing this together. I will attend church with Toni every Sunday unless I’m on vacation. I am going to look online and search for a life group by next Sunday, and choose one to sign up with. I will attend as many Young Adults gatherings as I can. I will reassess this dream in 4 months from today.”
Wow! Do you feel that energy? It’s so vibrant, so tangible! Reading this, I know this person is going to achieve that goal if they just do these simple things!
So let’s recap today’s takeaways:
- Chunk down your dreams into specific, measurable, actionable steps.
- Set constraints – these can be time-oriented, accountability-oriented, or just simply habits that you keep with your own word.
Do these simple two things, and you’ll find yourself accomplishing more this year than the last 5 years combined!
Tune in tomorrow for Questions three through five to round out this week!