The Holy Bible says, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." (Psalm 90:4)Do you want to achieve all the goals you set for this year? Do you want to achieve success in your career, business and family? Do you want to live the life you ever desire? All these are possible only if you can remove all excuses from your mind, demolish procrastination and stay focused in life. Nothing great gets accomplished in life without viable goals. It is one thing to set a goal and another thing is to wait patiently for that goal to become a reality.
Adversity may unexpectedly set in when you are trying to achieve a major goal in life but you must realize that the adversity you will experience is for a purpose. And you must look unto God through prayers, fasting and meditation in order to overcome such adversity.
The truth is that, there is no short way to success. Any short way to success leads to a dangerous end. There is time for everything as the Holy Bible makes clear. Man has to struggle and yet wait for his time.
The Book of Proverbs says, "The horse is made ready for the day of battle but victory belongs to the Lord." The seed is sown; and the Lord, in a mysterious creative process, makes it to germinate, to grow, to blossom and bear fruit.
The seamy side of life, the get-rich quick attitude has been a dangerous syndrome and the bane of our society. I once read a shocking story of an armed robber who was once asked why he chose to be a criminal instead of learning a trade. His reply was that all his friends in that evil and perverted habit were rich at tender age and he wanted to be like them. It was too late for him to realize that he was heading for an early grave. It was also too late for him to realize his dangerous mistake as he was caught and sentenced to death by hanging. While all his ill-gotten properties were confiscated by the law enforcement agency. His final word was for young men to wait for their time. Only God knows what would be the faith of his family and friends.
God ordain things to happen to us at certain times in our lives in order to justify the trust we have in Him. We need to sacrifice a lot of things for us to succeed in life such as time, money, going through pains and learning lessons as we soldier on. Sometimes your patience may be sorely tried. Do not ridicule a small initiative or effort even when much time and energy has been invested as the case maybe.
I also once read a story of a young man who forfeited his monthly allowance to his family for a trade to enable him become somebody in life. The family literary went through "hell on earth" for sometimes before he was able to regain his financial strength. At that period, he avoided all his friends, relatives and associate to reduce spending, and to enable him actualize his goal.
Other sacrifices their time for a particular project just to succeed in life. Sacrifice or self-denial is a thing of the innate part of the body. It is an attitude borne out of self discipline and reverence to God.
Again, there is a close pastor friends of mine who I met in Lagos State, Nigeria at the formation of his church. He had to send all his relations living with him packing, and also reduce the feeding allowance to his family. He was called all sort of name including his innocent wife. The man was determined with all moral compass to achieve a goal in life. He had to also resign his job with an oil company for lack of time for God's work. All that was to the detriment of his family most specially his wife and children. He wanted to achieve a goal though God's work. He decided against all advice from his family and friends not to resign his job; but he disagreed and went ahead to resign.
After two years of pains, trials and tribulations, the young man became one of most successful men of God of our time. He has a large congregation and builds one of the biggest churches in Nigeria today. He has re-united with everybody. It was right when Eleanor Roosevelt said; "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
God can do all things for you as long as you can diligently seek Him with a pure heart. Whatever He promised concerning you He will do. He knows your heart desire and He is full of grace and mercies. The basic truth is that God's delay is not God's denial.