Targets missed

targetSometimes we set targets and completely and utterly miss them.

That happened to me this week. I had a target of getting 10 new children sponsored by my readers and as far as I know, I managed to achieve a figure of…

Wait for it…

Drum roll please…

ZERO new children sponsored!

Zero, none, not even one! What an epic failure!

Oh, a couple of people said they’d look into it and maybe one or two signed up to sponsor a child without telling me… maybe. So maybe the actual number is as high as four – but that’s still only 40% of my target.

Here’s the thing though: It doesn’t matter.

Sure, I set targets all the time that do matter (like earning enough in the month to pay all the bills) but very often the targets we set are not as important as we think they are. The bible tells us:

In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

You see, when it comes down to it, if we’re listening to and obeying God, it doesn’t matter whether or not the outcome of what we do matches up with our expectations. God rarely tells us exactly what the outcome of obeying him will be, he simply asks for us to trust him.

It was me who came up with the goal of ten new child sponsorships, not God.

I believe it was God who prompted me to write on the issue and I did so.

I may have missed my own target but the week was still an unmitigated success because I listened to God and obeyed.

I planned my course (what outcome I wanted) but God directed my steps.

That’s all I could ever ask for and so I am satisfied.

I missed one target but hit a greater one… I obeyed God!

What success have you had this week? What targets have you hit?