Teen Tuesday – How to Get Started on a Goal

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This well-known adage says a lot. For instance, you have dreams and responsibilities that make up your life. So to begin your journey of following and fulfilling your dreams and taking care of your responsibilities, you must begin with one single step—by getting up tomorrow.

Get Started

What do you want to do tomorrow?This question has to do with your goals and dreams. In my case I want to purchase a birthday gift for a special friend. My granddaughter wants to have time to sketch in her art pad. Another girl I know wants to practice her driving with her dad before he goes to work so she’ll be better prepared for passing her driver’s test. What about you? What do you strongly desire to achieve tomorrow? Write it down and note why it’s important to you.

What do you have to do tomorrow? What are your responsibilities? Schoolwork? Work? Chores? Babysitting your little brother? What’s on your must-do list? Finishing your term paper? Taking out the trash? Emptying the dishwasher? Feeding the dog next door while your neighbors are on vacation? Take a stab at creating a list. You may need to make it two columns.

Goals

Here’s a challenge that really moved my heart. I’m hoping and praying it moves yours too! It’s from the book Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper:

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure…[Don’t] get caught up in a life that counts for nothing…Learn to live for Christ, and don’t waste your life!

Life is a precious gift from God. In addition to the life He’s given you, He also has incredible plans and purposes for you. Nothing could be worse than a life that counts for nothing. You have many opportunities to live with passion, make a difference, contribute to others, and bring honor and glory to God. Why not get started today?

RESPOND

Dear Lord, please help me to purpose to get up every day, to get up, and to get going! Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Young Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices by Elizabeth George — takes teens through the step-by-step process of making decisions that are life-affirming, godly, and wise. This wonderful teen resource comes with a built-in study guide! 

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REFLECT

Memorize Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

REMEMBER

Purpose to get up…no matter what. Don’t give in. And don’t worry about not getting enough sleep. It’s only for one morning.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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