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Setting Big Goals

By Don Loftis | 12.12.18

Recently, I ran across this quote: “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”  What does that say to you?


In one sense, this is safe advice.  Disappointment can be defined as the gap between our expectation and our current experience.  If a team has no expectation of winning, they will not be disappointed in losing.  Paul told the Philippians that he had learned to be content in all situations — prosperity and adversity.  Does it really make any difference what we set our sights on?


However, this approach sets a very low ceiling of blessing.  It may avoid disappointment, but it also severely restricts joy and hope.  Jesus told His disciples that their faith could move mountains and “all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Mt. 21:22).  James added, “You do not have because you do not ask” (Jam. 4:2).  On the day of reckoning, the one talent man was right where he expected to be; he had lost nothing and had gained nothing. However, the master was not pleased and the servant lost everything.


As children of God, we have great expectations.  We live every day excitedly looking for God to demonstrate the truth of Ephesians 3:20: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…”.  Our goals and dreams are not limited by our feeble efforts, but as Paul triumphantly wrote, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  Let’s dream big and trust God’s will and God’s power.



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