I have goals, plans, and dreams, but if they don’t line up with God’s will, then it doesn’t matter. They won’t last. His plans are so much bigger than me, my life, and my limited perspective.
A lot of life happens in that in between place. Ups and downs, hiccups, monotony… it’s easy to get covered with discouragement, but we don’t have to stay there. It’s a choice.
God’s Word is my most valuable physical possession and he’s doing something in my life through it. Resolving to trust the living God, that he is who he says he is, ruler of the heavens and sovereign over all, with me in every circumstance. No matter how difficult or painful, spending time there, asking him to speak to my heart and feasting on what he says is teaching me how to live my life the way he wants me to.
Life is lived through responses. Events take place nonstop, we respond, and are left with the outcome – good or bad. These words aren’t easy, but they give truthful perspective. Let’s be honest, the truth doesn’t always taste that great.
Confession: the past few weeks have felt like a rollercoaster. I was busy, sleepy, moving, eating healthy was hit or miss, workouts felt subpar at best, and my mind was restlessly zooming in a million different directions. All of these events created ample opportunities to respond in ways that either glorify God… or fall short. Every morning when you hit the snooze button for the third time — You Decided. Every just because check on social media — You Decided. Every time you mindlessly sit down in front of the television — You Decided. Every reach in the cookie jar for just one — You Decided. These are all choices and responses. Something prompted you, and you will make time for whatever is more important – whether it’s time with the Lord, with family, exercising, or cooking healthy meals. I mess up in this area too and respond in ways that don’t align with my goals. I get up late and rush to work. Those are the days I remind myself sleeping in was more important than my time with God, which isn’t a fun thing to say. But I have to be honest with myself in order to create new habits, and candy-coating the truth won’t change my behavior.
Making excuses for why I overslept or ate junk or didn’t have time to accomplish what I intended won’t get me anywhere. It’s easy to find excuses (even totally valid ones) to circumvent reaching our potential. When I’m honest, I tell myself I’m better than the excuses, and can, and often do make better choices.