Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
- Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
As a Christ follower, it can be hard to grasp the concept that our life is not our own. But wait, what does that mean when it comes to pursuing to my goals? It means that I can set goals, but I must set them and pray that God’s will be done. I must also be willing to allow God’s will to be done with my goals. So many times we say God’s will be done with our goals and dreams. But do we truly mean God’s will be done?
I can remember a few years ago, I had this little five year plan for myself set up. So, four years ago, I was working this “perfect job," being that it was really close to home. I was doing my usual casework, but this time I was working in the office. For over ten years, I was used to going in and out of people’s homes in all types of weather conditions and neighborhoods, so I welcomed an office position close to home. I was enjoying this job, but God was telling me to start a Christian blog for women. I thought it was quite comical at the time. I was wondering two things:
1) How was a single mother, who messed up a marriage, going towould be able to share anything about God with other women (who the heck would listen)? My life was a hot mess.
2) Where would I find the time?.
For nine months, I ignored God about starting the Christian blog. However, He kept putting it on my heart. Needless to say that nine months later, I was fired from the job that I was trying so hard to keep. And here I am four years later, sharing God’s Word with you awesome ladies as a Lane of Roses Writing Ambassador after starting my writing journey with a blog of my own.
After I lost that job, I didn’t start the blog immediately. Yes, I know. I was so consumed with the fact that I was single mother and needed a job. I was not tuned into God’s plan for my life.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11
What I have learned is that God has a plan for lives. God taught me that no matter how much we try to out run Him, we cannot. God knows our end-all and our be-all. God will continue to stir up what He has planted or deposited in us. God will give us the resources and tools to accomplish the tasks and goals that He sets before us, even when we feel that we are not qualified.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
1) How can you set your goals for your life, but include God?
2) Do you need to go back and include God on some goals that you have already set for yourself?
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love, grace, and mercy. Father, we ask that You continue to dwell in our midst as we set goals for our lives, as you know the plans that You have for our lives. We want to live in Your will. Let us continue to live our lives as a story for Your glory! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!