Keep Pressing Towards the Goal

keep pressingRecently, I took the road test for the first time. And got my driver’s license! I was really nervous to take the test. I deal with anxiety and fear when it comes to driving; so, getting my driver’s license was a big leap of faith for me! I’m glad that God gave me the strength to take the road test. I’m thankful for everyone who has encouraged me and helped me over the years with practicing my driving.

Yet, getting to the point where I could get my driver’s license has been a LONG process! I’ve been practicing my driving since high school. I received my driver’s permit while I was in high school taking driver’s education. There have been people here and there to help me along the way. It seems like as soon as one person helped me, something happened where they couldn’t help me anymore. Subsequently, I had to find a new person to assist me w/ my driving skills on a regular basis.

Over the years, numerous people would ask me “if I was driving yet” or “why I didn’t have my driver’s license.” I don’t think people asked me that question out of malicious intent but in a way their questions taunted me. I kind of felt as they were Peninah and I was Hannah. Hannah was picked on by her’s husband other wife because she was barren. Hannah prayed feverishly for God to bless her with a child and He blessed her with Samuel. In my case, I wasn’t barren from childbearing, but I was barren from not having a driver’s license. It’s been difficult for me to find dependable people to rely on to give me a ride to where I need to go. I don’t have a car so I get by by walking and using the public transit. However, I didn’t want to be reminded that I didn’t have a driver’s license. I got tired of people asking me the same questions over and over again.

A few weeks prior to the last week of December, I was going to take my road test but was unable to do so because of unreliable transportation. Eventually, I found a person who was available to take me and I am so grateful for God’s provision. Getting my driver’s license has been one of my goals for a few years now so I’m glad that this goal is accomplished!

I want to encourage others that are trying to get their driver’s license or trying to accomplish another goal to keep working on their goals and don’t give up. Take a leap of faith and trust God to help you accomplish whatever it is that you’re trying to do. You will face a lot of obstacles (I’ve experienced MANY and I am still experiencing them) trying to pursue a goal but keep pushing through it all. Yes, you will get discouraged at times, and sometimes you won’t even feel like trying, but keep working at it. Remember the reason(s) why you’re pressing towards your goal. Ask God to help you in the areas that you are weak in and He will help you. Remember that it doesn’t matter how old you are when you accomplish your goal as long as you complete it. I’m 27 years old and I now have my driver’s license. God bless!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being with me every step of the way. Thank You for giving me the strength and courage to face challenging goals. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER to never give up on accomplishing your goals even if it’s a long journey to accomplish them. Whenever you feel discouraged, remember the reason why you’re working on your goal. Phil. 4:13 (KJV) states, “I can do all things through Christ that strengtheneth me.” The story of Hannah can be found in 1st Samuel 1 & 2. For additional encouragement: Read 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 43:2, & Psalm 136:23.

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Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)