If you’re disappointed, fellow procrastinators, in last month’s lack of faithfulness to New Year’s resolutions – or your version – take heart! That might be good.
If you’re like me, “your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” As a child I’d think I could eat more than I could. I tend to set super high goals or set too many. January is a trial run that reveals snags. February gives us a chance to course correct. The object is not to make it easy on ourselves but to pay closer attention to the Lord and follow His guidance.
We want to be available for the unexpected, meet the needs of others, have fun. But with so many obligations, there isn’t much open space in our days. That’s proof we need to do some short and long-range planning. We structure our days so we’re faithful to daily obligations and still reserve some open space.
Structuring your day does not mean you’re taking it away from God, because you make your plan under His guidance. The same for short and long term planning. (Psalm 143:8, 90:12, Proverbs 6:6-8, 21:5, Luke 14:28) We seek the Lord’s desires when we plan. We say “yes” to Him. He knows you’re swamped with feeding your crew, cleaning house, running errands, schooling. Because He loves you and has your heart and others’ in mind, He’s the one most interested in your doing those things in effective ways.
Being sovereign, He can override plans. If we genuinely don’t get to carry out our plans, we need not fret, but look for further guidance. Being submitted to Him is freeing. Being alert for what He’s doing is exciting.
February gives us a chance to revise our approach, submitting it further to the Lord. It’s a chance to aim higher or tone down. Realistic does not mean sloppy. Our goals should stretch us.
Please check out Priorities Need Planner Help to help you discern the areas in which you should focus this year and plot steps for reaching those priorities.
What adjustment are you making?