I get super spazzed out the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Drinking pots of coffee, setting goals and making plans. But this week, that approach left me feeling dissatisfied and empty.
I was confused and frustrated.
These passages left me with question marks...
I can make my plans but it is The Lord who determines my steps??? (Proverbs 16:9)
I’m supposed to cease striving (Psalm 46:10), but abound in the work of The Lord??? (1 Corinthians 15:58)
I’m supposed be certain of what I hope for (Hebrews 11:1), but not lean on my own understanding???(Proverbs 3:5)
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity (Proverbs 21:5), but my life is like the morning fog— here a little while, then gone. I’m supposed to say, “If the Lord wants me to, I will live and do this or that,” otherwise I’m boasting about my plans???(James 4:14)
So is planning and goal setting best?
What is mine to do- in the dreaming and planning and working?
What is not?
Honestly, I don’t know.
It’s kind of a crap shoot.
God is showing me a different way today.
As I’ve humbled and quieted myself this last week of December 2017, a sudden shift has happened in my spirit. For the first time…
I’ve kicked most of my “to-do” planning and goal setting to the curb.
The more essential and defining question I feel compelled to ask is this…
“Who do I want to be in 2018?”
Because… truthfully, I don’t know what lies ahead next year.
I can set goals and make plans but really, that’s just setting expectations that might or might not leave me wanting in 2018.
The only thing I know for absolute certain is this…
Whatever path I am to walk in 2018- I want to be a certain kind of person as I walk it.
That’s what I’m praying into today- Not what I plan to do in 2018, but who I plan to be.
Then, no matter what The Lord has in store, I can press on toward my goal and receive the heavenly prize for which God is calling me. (Philippians 4:13)
And as I turn my focus to becoming the person I most desire to be, I trust the most important goals and plans will present themselves.
I’m more excited about answering this question than I ever was about goal setting.
I’d love to hear who you want to be in 2018!
Email me if you want to at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year,
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