Little By Little

Whoa, been a few months. I know you die hard fans have been waiting on the edge of your seats for a new post. This is what Nolan has been up to. Since October I have turned 27, cracked the windshield in my car while scraping it, gained a nephew, and was promoted to supervisor at work. It’s been a good stretch, things are moving on a upward trend in my life.

And that is what the goal is, or at least what it should be. Lately I have been thinking about the concept of setting goals and reaching them. I guess we can consider this my new years post. When most people set goals, myself included, it’s always some massive lofty goals. This is not a bad thing, but it might not be very realistic. I want to drop 50 lbs by summer might be just a bit unreasonable. I’m not saying it isn’t possible, but most people are going to fail out of a goal that massive.

The older I get the more I realize that less grand goals actually causing more change in my life over time. With big goals that you miss you always feel like you aren’t moving forward, falling back, discouraged. But if you set yourself lots of smaller and more realistic goal, it isn’t as daunting. It means when you fall off track once, and you will fall off, it won’t be such a endeavor to get back on track. It means when you make more progress.

I find this is the same thing with the Christian life. The Bible covers a lot of time. Years.  and during these years each character only has a few shining moments. The Bible says a whole lot in what it doesn’t mention. Think about Abraham. He lived a real long time, 175 years to be exact. There isn’t a lot said about his life, there are some mountain top experiences(literally) and some stand out moments, but there are years where we know nothing about. What was he doing in these periods? I don’t know, but if we plot the points in his life we do know about, I would suggest that there is a slow upward trend in his life.

Now sure, we don’t know if Abraham set “goals” but what we do know is that over the course of his life, just little by little every day, little by little in every way, we see this trend. And I would argue this is what we see over and over through out the Bible. There are sections of years where we don’t hear anything about people, but the high level view we can see the change. I think we can apply this to ourselves. We are going to have overwhelming periods of mediocrity. But when we zoom out, this is when we will see the growth we have done.

Small, consistent changes. This should be our aim in every aspect of our lives.


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