So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books. (I Peter 1:5-8)
Don't lose a minute building - that is a pretty direct explanation about how we are to live our daily lives. We are to be engaged in this walk with Jesus - not just onlookers. We are to build and allow for there to be his building within. We are to allow one character trait he may focus on today become the launching point for where he may focus tomorrow. You may have heard it said, "Line upon line, precept upon precept". God's attributes are to be alive and active in our lives - not passive and dying off from stagnation!
I haven't really met many people who don't have some 'goal' for their day. There might be grocery shopping that needs to be done, a trip to the bank in order to deposit or withdraw monies, laundry to be washed and folded, or a hard conversation to be had with someone you love or admire. Regardless of the 'goal', there is a desired outcome. We could order those groceries delivered, saving the trip to the grocer, but we still need to put them all away. We could snap a photo of the check for deposit through the banking institution's app and be done with the deposit, but we still had to make some effort to accomplish this small task. Nothing is accomplished without goals.
God put it this way - if the people have no vision, they will perish. The writer of Proverbs reminds us: If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. (Proverbs 29:18) We can go through life stumbling all over ourselves, but in the end, we will have accomplished very little compared to what we may have been able to accomplish with a clear vision (goal). God is doing something within each of us, and in turn, he does something through each of us. Embrace the goals God has for you today - allowing him to build upon what he accomplished yesterday and preparing you for what he desires for you tomorrow. You may just find today's goals aren't all that hard to embrace when you see them in light of being building blocks that 'fit together' in the end. Just sayin!
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