It is not a coincidence
If you’re a goal setter, you’ll understand what I’m going to share in this column.
In my youth, I set myself many goals that I did not achieve, and it was very frustrating. That’s until I discovered that I could set goals, write them down, and make them specific, but leave the timing to the Lord.
In my new book “Your Future Starts Today” there is a chapter on goal setting. On pages 59 and 60 it says: “After taking the time to define our own personal goals and writing them down on paper, the question then becomes ‘how am I going to achieve them?'” It took me some many years to learn this, but once my goals were established, I needed help from a higher power. There are two verses of scripture that have really helped me. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”
The reason I’m sharing this is because of some things that have happened over the past few weeks. As you may know, it is my mission to ensure that character education is taught in schools across the country. There were a series of things that were almost weird, but then I realized it was just God at work.
First of all, when I asked Judge Jim Baker to write the preface to my book, he did a fantastic job. He has since purchased over 130 copies and donated a copy and a teaching plan to two school superintendents in our county.
Then our local magazine 501 Life produced a two-page article and dubbed it “America’s Book.”
Then came Dr. Kathi Sweere, one of Arkansas’ top teachers, who teaches these character concepts to her students in the classroom on days when the weather is bad and there is no recess.
And then, out of the blue, I got a note from my friend Lori Ross, who wanted me to meet Senator Mark Johnson, who is running for re-election. After our visit, Mark will consider introducing a bill in the Legislature to require all schools in Arkansas to teach the Life Enrichment course, using my book as a classroom textbook. I have a plan where it won’t cost the schools a penny, and each elementary school teacher would have their own personal copy to reinforce the concepts. I believe this will save lives in our country for years to come. The day I met Mark, we had lunch at a local restaurant, and after explaining the project I’m working on, we all agreed that it was no accident that we met.
There are other things happening that confirm it. I got a call from a freelance writer who works for the Arkansas Press Association who wanted to write about our library project. When I explained my mission, she got excited and waited for the time to prepare an article to let all the newspapers in the state know about our plan to teach character education in our schools.
Afterwards, I had a nice visit with the editor of our local newspaper, the Log Cabin Democrat, and shared our long-term plan to change the culture of our country and once again make our citizens know right from wrong.
To me it all seemed strange, but then I stopped to realize that it was no accident, just God at work. Yes, Proverbs 3:5-6 are powerful verses.