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Spiritual Ambitions By Robin Carter

Robin Carter - Bird's NestA common thread of individuals who create and live a successful life style do so by ambition. The desire to achieve a particular goal while having an abstract idea, can be a tangible process. We sometimes set goals for ourselves and hope to reach them in either a short-term or long-term time span. Some goals may be continuing education, work performance goals, or spiritual goals and so forth. Whatever the plan, we hope to achieve it in a reasonable amount of time. We must be careful not to waste time with goals that we are not sincerely interested in or we may find ourselves lagging behind if the excitement should end.

There are three (3) types of goals; time based goals, focus goals and topic goals. Time goals are known as both short and long-term. They can be set due to the amount of time we believe we can accomplish them. The focus goal requires a lot of thought and decision-making. We must be careful in choosing this one, if set too big it could take longer than expected. It could also have a huge impact on one’s personal and professional outcome. However, we should never doubt ourselves, “Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” A topic goal nevertheless, can be personal, professional, a career, or financial based. One may want to save a certain amount of money, or complete a specific program. These goals are important and they impact our lives daily.

We set goals because we have a desire for things to change, improve or make a difference. So ask yourself; is it ambitious to want more from our relationship with God? We can easily develop mixed emotions with this question regarding spiritual ambition; though as Christians we are encouraged to pursue God. However, we do not want to feel that we are stepping out-of-line when we take responsibility for our spiritual growth. When we attend spiritual retreats, church functions and church conventions while continuing to follow our spiritual leaders, we learn things and we continue to grow. Spiritual ambition is when someone seeks God with all of their being, accepts Him, and then allows their leader to guide them on their “spiritual way,” yet entrust them to their guiding authority. 1st John 2:14 states, “I have written to you fathers because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you young men, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the evil one.”

True ambition in a tangible form, is the patience of individuals who remain involved even when others who started out with them have fallen away or lost interest. True ambition is the ability to persist and continue to work even when others are not listening, applauding or agreeing. Lastly, true ambition is continuing to physically do things when others do not believe you will. It is actually the doing and carrying out one’s desires that cultivates true and tangible ambition.