Devotional Week 4 Tuesday
“I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most High.”
Psalm 9: 2
“Let us seek the grace of a cheerful heart, an even temper, sweetness, gentleness, and brightness of mind, as walking in His light, and by His grace. Let us pray to Him to give us the spirit of ever-abundant, ever-springing love, which overpowers and sweeps away the vexations of life by its own richness and strength, and which, above all things, unites us to Him who is the fountain and the center of all mercy, loving-kindness, and joy.”
John Henry Newman
“Some (people) attain great esteem in this world – their accomplishments are significant in the eyes of men. But at the end of their lives, how many of these (individuals) rest in peace? How many satisfy that deep hunger each of us has for purpose, meaning and significance?”
Today’s Study Text:
“The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”
King James Version
Consequence #5: “A Life of Accomplishment.”
“Accomplished” – To complete. To succeed in doing.
What accomplishment do I believe God desires in my life?
“He will fulfill the desire of them that trust Him … the Lord preserveth all them that love Him.”
Psalm 145:19, 20
King James Version
“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”
William A. Ward
“True achievement only exists when our confidence comes from God and our gain results from a life of integrity.”
Several years ago, my husband and I were invited to a small piano concert. The young man who was giving the recital was only 19 years old. He had grown up in the Soviet Union and, after the political transformation in that country, he was allowed to travel to the United States.
The audience was sitting quietly, awaiting his arrival. He was tall and blonde with very large hands. I can remember how very young he looked as he placed his fingers on the piano keys and began to overwhelm us with his immense talent. He must have played at least 15 different songs by a wide range of composers. His execution of each number was absolutely flawless. At the end he chose to play, among three encores, a Schubert’s Impromptu, Opus 90, Number 3, for those of you familiar with piano music.
I will freely admit, tears were rolling down my cheeks as note after note combined to fill the room with the most melodious music I had ever heard.
Of course, when he finished playing, everyone in the room jumped to their feet clapping and shouting. The gentleman who arranged the program must have used the phrase, “so accomplished,” twenty times as he described the young pianist’s talent. To say his performance was complete and that this young virtuoso fully succeeded in his presentation would be an understatement. But this accomplishment didn’t just happen. As he later shared with those of us who attended a reception, he had given up much of his childhood practicing over and over again in order to play the way he did. He did not have an attitude like, “I’ll practice when I feel like it.” His was a daily dedication to a craft he loved. Each day he planned what his practice schedule would be; he prepared; he had a positive attitude; and then, with persistence, he pursued his goal to play the piano with perfect precision.
Over the last few days, as we have studied about the consequences of a fulfilled life, we have found that step-by-step, as God works toward fulfilling His purpose in us, we develop an attitude of contentment; we have a satisfied frame-of-mind; our spirit is permeated with gratitude; an atmosphere of delight surround us; and our lives become complete – or what the dictionary calls “accomplished.” God has succeeded in bringing His completed purpose in us.
But there are four specific things we can do, just as the young pianist did, to accomplish our goal. We can:
1) Plan purposefully. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3, New International Version).
2) Prepare prayerfully. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2, New International Version).
3) Proceed positively. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11, New International Version).
4) Pursue persistently. “God will give to each person according to what he (she) have done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory and honor, He will give eternal life” (Romans 2:6, 7, New International Version).
As God completes and accomplishes His plan in your life may these beautiful words describe the purpose that is unfolding in you:
“(She) has achieved success who has laughed often and loved much … who has accomplished (her) task, who has left (her) world better than (she) found it … who has always looked for the best in others and given others the best (she) has to offer … whose life was an inspiration and whose memory is a benediction.”
“Making Life Worthwhile”
“May every soul that touches mine –
Be it the slightest contact
Get therefrom some good;
Some little grace; one kindly thought;
One aspiration yet unfelt;
One bit of courage
For the darkening sky;
One gleam of faith
To brave the thickening ills of life;
One glimpse of brighter skies
Beyond the gathering mists –
To make this life worthwhile
And heaven a surer heritage.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus