I had only been a Christian for a year. I accepted Christ at the end of my senior year in high school and was trying the best I could to navigate my “new life.” I had the inward desire to change but I had no discipline whatsoever. Some of the reason for that was that I coasted through high school, almost never did my homework, and did just enough to get by.
My first semester in college was even worse. To say I failed miserably is an understatement. I got blown out of the water. Syllabuses and assignments buried me on the first day and put me in a tailspin until I finally withdrew from all my classes. Total failure, but my desire to change didn’t dim it only grew stronger.
I took a semester off from school and anticipated the day I would start a two year discipleship school that would lay a foundation for my life I could build on. I would not be disappointed because I discovered the discipline I needed to live out the desires that were churning on the inside of me.
It all started with a checklist (original shown in picture above).
It was a pink weekly report that had to be filled out every week and turned in. It was simple and straight forward, a yes or a no, and then three questions we had to answer every week. It wasn’t a legalistic list of do’s and don’ts, it was a life giving list that taught me how to live out what was in my heart. The checklist challenged me every week for two years. It kept me accountable. It asked me to be honest if I didn’t complete an assignment. It helped me develop both practical and spiritual disciplines in my life. Making my bed was just as important as reading my bible. Fulfilling my chores was equally important as filling in my weekly report. It asked me to write down the direct answers to the prayers I was praying and it told me to list the spiritual truths I was learning. This checklist helped change my life!
Many people have God given desires and dreams, but like the 18 year old me, they don’t have the discipline to get to the destination God is calling them to. They don’t have the focus to live out their purpose. Take some time this week to write down a list of steps you can take to make your desire and dreams a reality. Maybe it’s a project you’ve been procrastinating or possibly a goal you’ve placed on the back burner. Create a checklist and then choose someone that can keep you accountable to make sure you are following through. Do the work, so you can do your dream!