Author Reflections – 3 Principles for Reaching Goals
Corban Dowler stared at a map of Eritrea. Dozens of dying Christians were housed inside the suffocating boxcars outside Asmara, guarded by armed soldiers. In two or three days, the “political prisoners” would be dead from heat exhaustion during the days, or hypothermia from the nights.
For someone who usually had a grand strategy for every mission, nothing came to Corban’s mind. How could he free these believers? He sighed and folded up the map. It was at times like this, when no idea came to mind, that he plunged ahead anyway. God had given him a job to do, and he would do it, trusting his Lord to work out the details. (Based on a character in Dark Liaison by D.I. Telbat)
Hi! David here. In this page from my Author Reflections, I’d like to offer you —
3 Principals for Reaching Goals
When I’m writing the first draft of a novel, the beginning is sometimes sluggish and the wording can be a little halting. But right around the time I reach a hundred pages, everything seems to start flowing. The next thing I know, I’m on page 300 and I barely understand how I got there! I attribute this “phenomenon” to trusting God to help me complete what I believe He wants me to do.
In analyzing my writing process, I noticed 3 spiritual principles about reaching goals that seem daunting at first:
- When we seek to please God by using our skills, He takes care of the details.
- The end of a project isn’t always as defined as we’d like it to be. This is a call for trusting God for guidance rather than abandoning a project.
- God knows what little faith we have. By allowing us to trust Him, He can whisk us forward once we exercise our first small steps of faith.
In Genesis 22, Abraham had a daunting task before him. But he trusted God to provide a way, and he was rewarded for his faith.
Whatever our project or goal, may we exercise a similar attitude. Suddenly, you’ll be on page 300 and will be thanking God for His presence and help.
See you on the next page!
As in my short story mentioned above, there are several ministries that come to the aid of suffering Christians around the world. Open Doors, Samaritan’s Purse, and Voice of the Martyrs are just a few. And they each have ways that YOU can be involved. Check them out!