This is my first blog post of the new year. Like everyone else, there are things I want to accomplish this year but refuse to call them resolutions. Because the success rate of keeping resolutions in real life is low, I refuse to set myself up to fail. Instead I am choosing to pursue the goals for 2019 in a different way. I choose to start this year in a smarter way, in a way that sets me up for success! The only way I know to do that is to create a foundation on God’s word. In past years, I have taken the bull by the horns and identified goals to accomplish and pursued them only to find myself burnt out by the middle of the year, while the goals I pursued fell by the way side.
I’ve been hearing the phrase “smarter not harder” for the last couple of years in my prayer time and in my thoughts but it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that the phrase came together with actions that began to make more sense to me.
- Work out smarter, not harder.
- Write with quality, not just to produce.
- Spend wisely, not without thought.
- Take care of your physical body to ensure a full life.
This year, I’ll bring the things I want to accomplish before God and yes, I said bring them before God. When I was praying about the things I want to accomplish, the following steps flowed out of that time of prayer. I hope they give you some fuel to look at your own goals and ask Him for assistance as well.
- There is a reason that goals continue to come up again and again. Those desires are given to us by God. He wants to establish some order in our lives, so the desire for that goal stays in our heart until it is accomplished.
- Psalm 37:3-5 NKJV
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
- By basing our actions on the truth of God’s word instead of the desire in our hearts alone, we are creating a foundation of stability, of truth. We begin to renew our minds to God’s way of doing things instead of acting in our own willpower or wisdom.
- Romans 12:1-2 NKJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
- The next step is to trust that the same God who gave us the desire to change is also the One who is working in us producing that same desire to obey Him in the ways of change.
- Philippians 2:13 NLT For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
- This is where the process gets tricky because we always think we must have the steps figured out. This year trust Him, believe He is working in you and will continue to direct you to the best way to accomplish the goals.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
- Go with the flow He directs you to. Don’t try to force your ideas of how that goal will be accomplished. Instead, be open to His ideas and follow through as He leads.
- Proverbs 16:9 NLT We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
- Commit your actions to Him, in response to His leading and watch the goals be accomplished.
- Proverbs 16:3 NLT Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
I’ve done things my way and failed often. I am determined this year to follow His lead and succeed. It is a daily reminder to trust Him, to lean on Him and to watch as He moves me forward to accomplish not just one of my goals but all of them. I trust that He will do the same for you as well.
lindawilsonwriting.com January 4, 2019