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Audacious Goals Take Guts (and Grace)

Posted in Decision-making, Goal-setting, and Overcoming difficulties

It’s the third week of the third month of the slightly less than New Year.  Do you have any audacious goals? These are not routine items to check off a to-do list.  Audacious goals are grand. They float beyond our wildest dreams and take us along for the ride. Sure, they require tremendous confidence and boldness to start. But mine always take the grace of God to (start and) finish – especially when the ride gets rough.

au·da·cious  \ȯ-ˈdā-shəs\: adjective very confident and daring : very bold and surprising or shocking

Fulfilling a mission to the masses or making an individual change requires bold steps — some may even call it guts. However, striving for improvement in our relationships, our resources, our health, or a project can make overwhelm seem like an understatement.

But audacious goals are possible when we consider the greatness of God.

The Apostle Paul knew overwhelm.  He was chosen to take the Gospel message to the Gentiles, often in the face of tremendous opposition and danger.  However, in light of God’s possibilities, Paul saw humility as a necessity. Even as he sought God to remove the hindrances to his goals, he penned these words from 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT):

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

God’s grace is His gift to the undeserving and His power to the weak. Since this is an obvious opportunity “to boast about my weaknesses,” here’s a recurring one: I can usually find my missed goals underneath a stack of misplaced priorities. But I’ve also discovered the necessity of God’s mercy and grace as I seek to regroup.

I’m currently regrouping to:

  1. Paint my kitchen cabinets
  2. Plant an herb garden
  3. Publish my next book

These three tasks may not seem bold or shock you.  But they each require a bit more bravado for me. To fuel my courage, I’ve envisioned each of these goals in their completed state.

audacious goals quoteMy cabinet redo may not make a magazine cover, but it would make me much happier as I cook. The same goes for my future herb garden.  It is waiting to shed its leaves and land in some new dish. And the cover of my next book has made several appearances in my head.

However, as I sought God regarding my appointments with the undone, I sensed Him encouraging me with a truth from James 2:26. I’ve seen this divine memo before. This news flash is meant to transfer the joy of seeing a vision into a faith seen by my actions.

“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” (NLT)

As I exercise my faith, grace is the confidence I need.  It infuses my efforts with good aim and a good measure of audacity.

Are your goals an expression of what you want to do or an invitation to what only God can do in and through you?  Our perspective makes a difference.  When I strive towards perfection in my strength, it results in frustration.  But surrendering my weakness to Christ’s strength, results in His glory.  Then my goals become “awe-dacious.”  They put the glory of God in clear view and I stand in awe of what He does.

As we consider what we’ll accomplish with the remainder of this year, here’s some good news:  Audacious goals don’t just take guts; they also take the grace of God.  Regardless of the pace or the pressure involved with a task, I’m praying we’ll become more acquainted with His power. May our goals speak well of Him and may we continue to receive His hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14 NIV

8 Comments

  1. Great Goals Joy. Great message. 2Corinthians 9:8-9 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

    March 15, 2016
    • Joy
      Joy

      Amen! Thanks Michael!

      March 15, 2016
  2. So true joy! Audacious goals can only be accomplished with God’s grace! I know how hard those household goals are..painting my room seems impossible–only God can move that mountain! Im also starting a new project for work that is an audacious goal, and will not be accomplished without the grace of God. Great encouragement today! Visiting from #raralinkup!

    March 15, 2016
    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks “holy vacation queen” (love the name, by the way)! It’s comforting to know others can relate to the mountain of household goals. 🙂 Like you, I relish in the truth that without God we can do nothing. I am so grateful for His grace. It is a constant reminder that He is with us!

      March 15, 2016
  3. Raynette G. Covington
    Raynette G. Covington

    Thanks Joy. This especially speaks to me at this time. God bless you. I look forward to hearing about you reaching your goals and reading your new book.

    March 16, 2016
    • Joy
      Joy

      You’re welcome Raynette. I’m praying you experience God’s strength and grace as you aim for your goals too. Stay tuned for more on mine!

      March 16, 2016
  4. Crystal Dawn Murphy
    Crystal Dawn Murphy

    Joy you already know I have audacious goals in the hopper. I’m thankful for the reminder that grace is needed to get started and to finish. Very much looking forward to reading your new book.

    March 16, 2016
    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Crystal! Much grace (and guts) to you as you pull your goals from the hopper!

      March 16, 2016

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