Update: In hindsight, and with the help of a podcast from Tim Keller, I have realized that this post was an attempt to speak to my anxious heart and teach it truth.
In looking ahead to the New Year, it’s important not to start trying to figure out how it will all work out. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring.
Rather this should be a time to reflect on the past and see all God has done, but focus on the present, even if it is focusing on having the right mindset for the days to come.
Certainly, if you feel led, it’s OK to set some goals, but for me this ‘in five years’ or ‘in ten years’ thing is a joke. How the heck do we know what life will look like then, and even worse than planning where I THINK I want to be in life, is thinking about how I will get there. I can only stress about how I will get there when I start to make such plans.
If this is where he wants me to be in five years, he will get me there. And I know this post is all over the place, but when setting goals, it’s OK if they require miracles to achieve. We serve a God of miracles and a God who provides.
This started as a blog about God’s provisions. I wanted to chronical our story of how God takes us from where we are now to the future, providing for us every step of the way. I haven’t ended up sharing all that has happened, since money is the last American taboo. But suficent to say, at this point, we’ve had two major financial miracles, here at thr end of the year. And while, we are still catching up from the whole the baby put us in and other setbacks, they have still been major and completely unexpected provisions from God.
So all that being said, if you have a God given hope or dream for the future, don’t worry if it requires a miracle to achieve. But avoid, at all costs, the fret and worry about how to achieve something in the future. If it truly is a God given goal, just be excited about Him accomishing it.
The questions we should ask are, “what is God teaching me,” “where should my focus be,” “where is God turning my heart?”
Rejoice and have a joyous New Year!
Update: And maybe even ask, what goals is God giving me for the future, as long as I always keep in mind that what he calls us to, he will give us the ability to achieve.