With Christmas down, this is the time of year we move our hearts away from awe and wonder and drive them straight into strategy and planning.
I have got to lose 10 pounds.
I am going to "kill it" at work.
No more coffee.
I will set up that savings plan starting this year.
I will be a more loving mom.
I will start eating more healthy.
I will find a new job.
I will get that graduate degree.
I will make more friends.
We become resolute to be resolute.
We plan to make a plan.
We drive into drive.
We see our win.
We know our strategy.
We. Will. Make. It. Happen.
Nothing. Will. Stop. Us.
"Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." Ps. 127:1
Is the Lord building your house or are you?
"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." Prov. 16:9
I can't help but think, this is where the resolution buzzkill sinks in. Even though we game planned, strategized and attacked our resolution, the small whisper still emerges, "Is this your solution or mine? Is this your will or mine? Am I going with you or are you going out there alone?"
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Mt. 7:7
God whispers, "Are you asking me or are you deciding yourself?"
With God, we endure.
With God, we press on.
With God, we find strength.
With God, he renews hope.
With God, we find fresh encouragement.
With God, we get a helping hand.
With God, he speaks truth and humility.
With God, he refocuses us in love.
With God, he redirects our paths, as he holds our hand, so that we don't end up falling over the cliff of failure. Instead, he grabs us and leads us where he wants us to go - and we feel okay with it. It make sense, for he is the leader. It makes sense, because sometimes he is more concerned with our spiritual than our physical.
Are your plans to go - with God or are they with an insatiable drive to succeed, win and to thrive?
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Prov. 16:3