What Are You Thankful For?
Its Thanksgiving today and as we’re getting ready to spend the day with great family and friends (and don’t forget the GREAT food!)
If you struggle to make progress, check the path you’re following…because after achieving success once, it’s easy to think you can map your way alone. But, if you commit your actions to God, HE will guide your steps!
It may already be Wednesday, but this week is FAR from over! I know you still have big goals to accomplish the remainder of this week – and I’m sure you have a big, fun weekend ahead, too!
Whatever you’ve planned, I hope it involves one crucial consultant! As I was thinking about quarterly goals, it reminded me of the spiritual “power” you must consider, when revving-up your engine to achieve your dreams.
You see, I believe God has huge plans for you in the last 60 days of this year. I truly believe this is YOUR time to see big things happen. But you and I BOTH know, sometimes God’s plan for you is not exactly what you had planned, right?! Or you may discover the path to those plans goes somewhere you never imagined!
The Bible clearly tells us, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3) You might want to increase sales this season, help orphans, clean out the garage or lose a few pounds. But if you’re looking for the “how” – look no further than the wisest counselor of all!
If you commit everything you do to the Lord, He will guide your steps. “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
If you struggle to succeed or make progress, you might want to check which path you are following. Often times, especially if you have achieved success before, it’s easy to get a little cocky and think you can map your way alone. Meanwhile, you might be ignoring the route God has set before you! “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:1)
Also consider the motive behind your goals. This is important, because you might not have thought about it or even thought it had no relevance. If your goals are seeded from jealously, pride, greed, revenge or a whole mess of other dark places, you might get hit with a pretty forceful headwind on your journey. “Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord, and whose deeds are done in a dark place, and they say, ‘Who sees us?’ or ‘Who knows us?’'” (Isaiah 25:1)
You will not reap good fruit from these goals! EVER! Those goals will lead you down the path of evil, straight into temptation and onto the exit ramp to sin. “But the noble man devises noble plans; and by noble plans he stands.” (Isaiah 32:8)
Ask yourself, what motive is behind each of your goals. Is it to upstage another person? Is it to gain what another person has?
Be honest with yourself about why you want to accomplish these goals. For example, “I want to be wealthy to show so-and-so I’m better than them” versus “I want to be wealthy so I can provide for my family, be prepared for anything and position future generations for success.”
If you can discover WHY your heart desires something, you might just discover why you run into so many roadblocks!
Now, I’d love to hear your plans for the rest of 2016! What are your goals for these last 60 days of the year? What MUST you accomplish before the year is over? Please leave me your comments below!
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In great faith,
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