It’s January 3rd, and you know what that means?
We are all making resolutions, setting goals, and becoming productive. Most of the country is losing weight, exercising more and giving up all of their bad habits: For at least a day…maybe two. We are trying new programs and deciding that THIS IS THE YEAR we will stick to our check list.
It is obvious that God is a “planner” when we look at the intricacies of Creation or the number of prophecies fulfilled just at the birth of Christ, not to mention his life, death and resurrection. There are verses about the plans God has for my life, the world and even “planning” the cost of following Jesus. Purpose, vision, plans, and goals are all important, and we use the “fresh start” of a “new year” as a time to look forward. I like order, and the feeling that comes with accomplishing said goals. Yet, as I have been praying lately, I have realized something about myself. I can have the tendency to focus on details and specifics when if I am honest those are not my true goals at all.
As I make a list of ways I will develop this year I am REALLY saying:
Maybe there’s a way I can figure out how to be less of a mess this year and a little bit closer to “perfect.”
As I set goals for ways the ministry will grow this year my heart is saying:
If I look successful to the rest of the world maybe someone will finally notice.
As I try to set ideals for ways to be a better spouse, parent & friend I wonder:
Who am I really doing this for: me or them?
As I set ways that I will read my Bible & pray more what I truly am thinking is:
Could there be a way to not have any trials this year?
In short I say I set goals for all the “right” reasons, however, I am really trying to take control. Here’s the problem with that according to Proverbs alone:
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:2
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
This life, my kids, my husband, my ministry–none of them are mine. There is only one thing I have: Jesus. So here is where I am starting, and I bring the challenge to you as well.
Can 2014 be the year that we fully belong to the Lord and be HIS alone?
That’s it. Even in this I won’t be the perfect parent, spouse or friend. I will still fall down, make mistakes and have trials. I have no idea if my ministry will “grow” or not in the eyes of anyone else. Yet, I have this sneaking suspicion this could be transformational. I also suspect that the “other” stuff that I have been thinking about will come into line and those “goals” that I keep trying to set will be accomplished- because I have started and ended with Jesus.
Will I read my Bible, pray, worship, go to church, and serve? Of course, those are all mechanisms to know Him better. I guess I look to 2014 as a year when I will FINALLY understand completely that being with Jesus far outweighs anything I DO for Him…
What about you?