New Year, New Plan?
You know the story. Year after year the resolution and plans are made to change things, to lose weight, get out of debt, save money, be nicer to other folks. Then, six months later we look up and nothing has changed. and we wonder why and where the time went?
Then, there are those victorious moments, when something is accomplished we planned, and sometimes much greater than that plan had planned for, and we look back and realized we asked, we prayed, we knocked, and God answered in a mighty way. Not us, it was Him. All we did was show up to execute the plan.
And, as we perused why the others failed, we did pray about some, we did ask and we did knock, but that door was not opened. The problem was we kept trying to bang that door down when another that God had shown to us was open, but we ignored it. We were too locked in on losing weight and God was trying to show us how to eat right, we were too concerned with our own success that we couldn't see what He wanted. Makes us understand our own humanity.
Some things did a whole lot better in 2019 that I could have ever imagined, but some went backwards, some at the cost of other plans succeeding. Looking back, I see where God showed me another opportunity in some situations, and I ignored it. We live and learn, but will we actually change our thought process, and even if we did, we must realize we will never be perfect, we must only resolve to make a new plan and pay attention to the life plan of He who knows how it needs to be done.
Solomon said, "Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given to him - for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work - this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart." Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
We can make all the plans we want, but unless they fall under his "lot" they don't mean much. In other words in all of our plans, we have to understand He has a gift to give us - we just have to accept it, and know how to use it after we unwrap it.
That is our "lot", that causes us to reflect on the whole lot he has given us instead of the lot that got away.
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.