They Went and Came

Genesis 12:5
“And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.”

Accomplishment is the one thing that makes a difference in anyone’s life. When I was a boy, it didn’t matter how much I talked about something; my parents wanted to see the things they gave me to do accomplished. There are many talkers who know how to impress people with what they supposedly can do, but at the end of the day it is what you accomplish that matters. Many people in churches talk about what they can do, but they sadly don’t follow up on what they say they can do. Many in the business world talk about what they are able to do, but few can show the product to the customer. It’s not what you say you can do that makes you successful, but what you do that makes you successful.

Abram was not a talker, but a doer. It says in the verse above that Abram “went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.” He not only talked about going somewhere and started the journey to go to Canaan, but he also arrived in the land of Canaan. In this verse, several lessons about what it takes to get to the land of accomplishment.

First, it takes a desire to go somewhere. The reason Abram left for the land of Canaan was because he had a desire to go there. You will never experience accomplishment if you don’t have a desire to do something. You can’t sit in life waiting for everyone to do something for you and experience accomplishment at the same time. Accomplishment is more than just waiting to get what you want, but you must have a desire that drives you to do something in life.

Second, you must act on your desire if you want to see accomplishments. Having a desire is good, but at some point you must start going after what you want to accomplish. You will never accomplish anything by sitting and talking about what you want to do. The last step of accomplishment always starts with the first step towards the desire of what you want to accomplish. If you sit and talk about what you want to do and never act upon what you want to do, what you want to do will only result in nothing done.

Third, you must not let the obstacles and difficulties you encounter stop you from accomplishment. I am sure there were many obstacles that Abram faced on the way to the land of Canaan, but he never let those obstacles stop him from getting to the desired place. My friend, you are going to face obstacles and difficulties on the way to accomplishment, but you must turn them into opportunities to see the LORD’s power to overcome them. Nothing worth accomplishing will ever be accomplished without obstacles and difficulties along the way. It takes determination not to let the obstacles and difficulties to stop you from what you are trying to do.

Fourth, you must finish what you start. Herein is the greatest key to accomplishment. Many have started the road towards accomplishment, but couldn’t stay focused long enough to get there. Along the road to accomplishment will be other opportunities that will try to sidetrack you from what you are trying to do, but let me encourage you to finish what you start. You will always wonder about what could have been if you don’t finish what you start. Being a finisher is the key to accomplishment.

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