Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.-1Chronicles 4:10 NASB
Since I've started posting on the media forums, which led to these blogs, I've heard from others who set out in life to do something and ended up in another direction. I have felt privileged and honored that these fine folks have shared their stories with me.
I've heard from those who set out to get more formal education, something most adults don't want, in order further their lot in life and in doing they help others, whether it be their family or others. I've been told of those who went into another field in order to be with their families. That, in my book, is a sign of someone who has their priorities in order.
There are times that we think we know what we want and we make these decisions out of youthful ignorance. We want to be the next big thing, or leave college and become company president. Most likely, ain't gonna happen.
The bible verse I used for this is called the Prayer of Jabez, also a title of a best selling book form a few years ago. It's listed in Pilgrim's profile as one of his favorite books. Jabez asks the Lord to give him a greater reach and protect him. We all need to pray that prayer. Even though I'm a Pentecostal, I don't believe in the name it and claim it types of prayers. I believe that God will give you the resources in order to expand your boundaries. You also are responsible for what you do with them.
You may need the tuition to go to college. God works in many ways. He may help you find assistance in the way of scholarships, or He may help you get extra work to help pay for it. God gives us intelligence, and he also gives us ability.
First thing we need is a plan. Plan your work and work your plan. Shoot at your goals. You never achieve goals if you never set goals.
Two of my readers are extending their education. One is going for a masters degree the other a Ph. D. My daughter who is right now student teaching has told me that her goal is a Ph. D. These three are looking to have their borders expanded and have a plan in how to do it.
In churches, a plan is always being worked on about how to expand the reach in the community. It might be knocking on doors, it may be feeding the poor, or things that appeal to youth. Some feel that they should be in constant fasting and prayer. I've learned over the years not to knock any method of outreach if it brings people in. Especially if these folks get something(a feeling of belonging) they can't get elsewhere.
I have never set goals and wonder where would I be if I had? Now well in my second half of life, I am looking to work on some goals. If you have goal problems, pray the prayer of Jabez and ask the Lord for guidance and ability to use your expanded territories.