How I am going to approach 2019
I like to plan. A lot. As a relaxing exercise, I used to sit at my desk and draw a grid of the next 5 to 10 years. I would divide them by season and put two columns for the ages of my children during each year. And then I would write scenarios of what I would be doing by season, by year. I used to think it helped me think through the possibilities and count the costs.
But now, my life does not look like I imagined 10, even 5 years ago. So much for planning! For all of my charts and careful outlining, there was a lot on my paper that did not happen, and some that did. The proverb has demonstrated itself in my life: “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9).” I’ve tried to write several stories for myself, but God seems really insistent in having His way (*I mean, what’s that about?*🤷🏽♀️) In my vocation, with my family, with my time, there seem to be surprises (both good and bad) that upended my plans.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21).”
I’ve learned to level up by leveling with God. By “leveling with God” I mean I am honest with Him about my insecurities, my pride, my selfish ambition, my misguided motivations and my fears. Now, I surrender everything to Him. In my business, my parenting, my marriage. Nothing is off limits. Before I had unconsciously tucked away my plans separate from His divine initiative because I assumed that He would sign off on plans that I thought were “good”. Turns out we have different definitions of the word.
“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established (Proverbs 16:2-3)”
There is a quote (below) that links your thoughts to your destiny. Specifically, thoughts to words to actions to habits to character to destiny. I believe that to be true. However, Proverbs 16:3 suggests there is a step before your thoughts: commitment. Specifically, commitment to the Lord. In 2019, I am still going to plan, but I will level up my planning by committing ALL of my works to the Lord. With radical honesty, sincere repentance, and submission to the Father. I challenge you to do the same.