The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your own problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realise that you can control your own destiny… Albert Ellis.
It’s amazing how often most of us live our day to day lives with no definite plan in mind. This usually results from our lack of vision, failure to realize God’s plan for our lives and/or our inability to chart a defined course for ourselves and diligently work towards its fulfilment. Anyway, my thought this morning is not so much about planning as it is about letting God’s will prevail even if it doesn’t fit into our plans and projections. He is our Maker and sure has His purpose for our lives. It is therefore key for everyone to discover this purpose and trust God with our plans towards fulfilling destiny.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”- Proverbs 19:21 [NIV]
Preparation is very essential for every good success. Planning saves time and breeds faith and confidence. It’s a common cliché that he who fails to plan is actually planning to fail and yet, while the best approach to planning is to seek God’s face and let Him guide and direct our plans according to His will for us, it’s much more common to see us trying to figure it out for ourselves and then going to God to rubber stamp our so called heart desires. The irony of the latter approach is that our plans are basically influenced by our emotions and prevailing circumstances and these often tend to clash with God’s will and are also not usually faith based. Because of our usual emotional attachments and other factors on which these plans are based, we find it so hard to let go and let God have His way. Since He gave us the free will to choose, we became predisposed to clinging to our ways and plans and still want Him to fit into them somehow. We subtly reject His will and just want to ‘eat our cake and still have it’.
Wise King Solomon stressed it in Proverbs 3:5&6 that when you trust God with all your heart and acknowledge Him in all your ways and expectations, you’ll not lean on your plans and/or understanding. You’ll continually let Him guide and guard you. You’ll let Him direct your dealings and make Him your saviour, friend and master. This is one sure antidote to a stressful life. It is key to living the God-filled, success-packed, impactful life!
The tyranny of a soldier,
right at the market square.
Bloody civilian! Come here!
How dare you touch me?
My uniform, so sacred.
From cap to my shoe sole,
naught was there without reason.
Severe pound of mortal flesh.
Khaki mauling unlimited,
not without its attendant ”Sorry Sir!”
The dumb’s plea to the blind.
Cascading waters into distant seas.
Like play, like play.
No! A faint,
That God created man in His own image and created us all in our own unique ways and for His specific purposes is one basic truth all men have come to embrace. Discovery of purpose thus became man’s ultimate assignment especially as it eventually serves as the fulcrum of his vision. Vision is what drives a man. It’s an embodiment of his ‘big picture’ and his life’s directions. It stems from his passion and charts the road map towards his anticipated future. Vision is a compelling view of a future yet to be and it creates meaning and purpose which catapults you to high levels of achievement. It is simply seeing your tomorrow today!
As Christians, we are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight [2Corinthians 5:7]. What you see, you will seize and you can achieve whatever your mind can conceive. You need to get hold of what God has implanted in you and preserve it in prayer! Opportunities will meet you at the level of your vision. Once you are clear and specific about what you want in your life and you are passionate about it, God will provide resources to make it happen for you as your passion would build up your faith and your faith can sure move mountains [Matthew 17:20]! I often encourage people to dream big and be passionate about their dreams. The passion you have for your dreams will cause you to celebrate them and motivate you towards actualizing them.
Your vision should be vivid and compelling enough to propel you towards action. Writing it down articulates and bring it from the unseen into the natural realm [Habakkuk 2:2&3]. Diligence and careful planning are very important too but however, don’t over-analyze, over-project or try to dwell too much on what could be the negative repercussions of any action that is in alignment with your vision because that could create fear. Fear attracts more fearful situations because your feelings are like magnet. Fear cripples faith and if allowed to aggravate would be one great hindrance towards making your dreams come true. Behind the ugly mask of fear lies the soothing countenance of fulfilment so tear the mask and go make your vision a reality!