BY LEANN DILBECK –
Resolutions… the tradition that goes along with New Year’s for many. Goals from financial, to organizational, to spiritual… they run the gamut and are accompanied by the plan to achieve them. Goals and plans – definitely not bad things to have on your agenda but are they your goals and plans… or His? The truth is, as someone once said, “If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans.”
I spent a great too many years of my life, being an OCD organized, goal-oriented, planning personality and experience (sounds better than age) is teaching me the value and beauty in the simplicity of complete surrender. I’ve learned the arrogance of assuming I’m in control. I’ve learned the empowerment found when you let go and let Him.
In my family, we relentlessly tease a certain member of it, who for my own protection shall remain nameless, that there is: 1) God’s way 2) Uncle Sam’s way, and 3) [insert family member’s name here] way. The independent spirit in us all would like to think, from time to time, we succeeded in pulling something off all on our own and left our own unique fingerprint on it. But, don’t you know God gets a chuckle from that? After all, Frank Sinatra made the concept famous, right? We all know every note from “I Did it My Way…”
It’s humbling and also empowering when you recognize that nothing, no goal or plan in life, is worth attaining without God’s blessing on it. Our lives are not our own and while God wants to bless each of us with the desires of our heart, I pray we are all reminded in the coming year of His purpose for our lives. I love this profound quote from William Barclay: “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
I, like many of you, will begin my New Year’s with a resolution or two, knowing He can do what I cannot so my plan to reach my goal is simple… remembering the same words our Savior uttered to His Father, “…not my will, but Yours be done.”
Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”