Reaching For the Stars


Are you a dreamer?  One who thinks and imagines great and mighty things you will experience and actually do?  Maybe you will be a famous writer or singer.  Maybe you will travel to a faraway land to explore.  Maybe you will win the Nobel Peace Prize or become president of the United States (Yikes!).

Maybe you dreams are smaller like, organizing your garage, or landscaping your yard into a showpiece.  Maybe you see yourself 5 sizes smaller or with straightened teeth.  What is your dream?  What are your goals and resolutions for 2017?

If you look at the picture above, you will notice that this child is holding onto a ladder, but still reaching for the stars. He may have taken some actual steps up the ladder and is still staying grounded on that ladder.  If he lets go of the ladder, he could fall, be injured, and have to begin the climb again.  Just like when we fail, we have to dust ourselves off and begin again.  Those stars (goals, resolutions) are still up there, so we may keep trying.

I have found that sometimes those stars are not what the Lord has for me.  I can keep trying and trying, insisting I know what God’s plan for me is, however,  that star may  not be mine to reach.  God created me, gifted me, has a perfect plan for me and will guide me, if I will let Him.  Now, I could just stay at the bottom of the ladder and wait for someone to lift me to the star or I can take steps  to reach them and “put feet to my prayers.”

“One thing I do;  forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 3:13,14

This week’s expert guest on Chained No More Talk Radio will be Stephen Scoggins, the developer of “The Journey Principles.”  His topic will be “How to Successfully Reach for Goals in 2017”.  He will tell his story of going from a suicide attempt to developing a multi-million dollar corporation.  He will give many practical tools and will encourage and inspire our listeners.  Tune in at 2-3pm ET on Tuesday, on Jan. 3 at  You can also download the podcast later at

So, what’s your dream?  What are you doing to reach your star?  Don’t forget to listen to the One who made the stars.  Happy New Year!