Men are wired for achievement. Ultimately, God made us this way so that we would pursue and achieve his purposes for our lives.
But there are a lot of reasons why men struggle to achieve the goals for which God made them.
- We’re easily distracted by both opportunities and threats.
- We’re criticized when we choose to follow God’s plan at any cost.
- We’re often overwhelmed by the responsibilities of manhood.
Here are some words of wisdom for men who want to fulfill their God-given destinies and achieve his purposes . . .
1. Keep on working in spite of the distractions.
There are multiple kinds of distractions men face. Some are subtle and some are obvious, but we manage, often, to fall for both.
Positive distractions come in the form of opportunities to do more things than we were made to do. Often, these are “good” opportunities, except that they aren’t the opportunities God has led us to pursue. We get busy. We get overwhelmed. And we start finding our identity in work and business and secondary pursuits.
Negative distractions come in the form of enticement to sin, to slack off from our responsibilities, or to substitute our own plans for God’s. When we start thinking in rebellious ways such as, how can I get out from under the authorities God has placed in my life, including God himself, we’re in trouble.
Here’s a good leadership law: the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
2. Keep on working in spite of defamation.
Anybody that sets big goals is going to be criticized and slandered by people who set no goals.
Who is the most falsely accused man in history? Jesus. Jesus said, “Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11 KJV)
The secret to deflecting criticism is ultimately to make sure you’re building God’s kingdom and not your own. When you’re building your own Kingdom, you’re easily threatened. You’re easily given to pride. And you protect your turf out of fear that you’ll lose what you’re building.
When you’re building God’s Kingdom, you know that it’s all ultimately God’s responsibility and that the credit all belongs with God. So when people criticize it, you’re able to remember that God can handle it. He will be vindicated and it’s not ultimately about you.
Don’t let criticism distract you from God’s purposes. Keep working on the will of God.
3. Keep on working in spite of danger.
If Satan can’t get us sidetracked, and slander doesn’t work, he’ll try to scare us. And you can’t give in to fear and become a super achiever at the same time.
Fear leads us to become defensive, and men who are always defensive are never leading people well.
There are real dangers that we face, and those dangers require a certain sense of caution and wisdom, but we can’t avoid risk or live to avoid pain. When we do, we miss out on the adventure of becoming the men God has called us to be.
The truth is, many of the greatest achievements in your life lie just past the object of your fear. If you can, in God’s power, push past the fear and live by faith in him, you’ll discover his purposes.
God has called you to live for his purposes. And he knows you’re going to face distractions, defamation, and danger. But he’s with you. He has equipped you. And he will see you through all of them if you’ll trust him to turn you into what he wants you to become.