When the End Goal is too hard

Enjoy this post from Lysa TerKeurst:

When the end goal seems too hard

No matter what your struggle has been, victory is possible today. However, most of us don’t think that’s true.  The problem is we tend to only measure long term success while downplaying the absolute victory found in small successes.

Yesterday, a friend of mine called to say she’d read the blog and as a result she walked away from indulging in a bag of M&M’s.  That’s a victorious small success. Now, I can’t say that her scale will stand up and clap and reward her with much lower numbers today. But, if she builds upon this small success- choice by choice, day by day- she will see positive changes.

We’ve been talking about getting healthy lately but this principle applies to other struggles as well.

If I choose not to snap at my child and instead respond with tenderness, that’s a victorious small success.

If I choose to pause before responding to the rude sales clerk thus giving her a smile instead of perpetuating her smirk, that’s a victorious small success.

If I choose to give my husband the benefit of the doubt rather than jumping to the conclusion he meant to hurt my feelings, that’s a victorious small success.

Sometimes victory seems so far away because we measure it by the end goal.  And end goals can seem overwhelmingly huge, daunting, and just plain hard to reach.  Instead, if we start measuring our victories by the smaller choices we make each day, victory won’t seem so impossible.

Big things are built one brick at a time.

Victories are achieved one choice at a time.

A life well lived is chosen one day at a time.

“…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance…”  2 Peter 1:5-6.

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One thought on “When the End Goal is too hard

  1. Pressing on to the successes of today as I sort through hundreds of images from a year ago…moment by moment…little by little…image by image. At the end of this day, success for today…and hope for tomorrow.

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