Welcome! Today I've got a devotion running on Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today. It might be a bit controversial, because it seems to contradict traditional thought about resolutions. Actually, it challenges the idea of announcing any goals.
I should clarify, since I'm sure some of you are saying, "Huh???" My point is that some of us, (those who struggle with pride) need to make sure our motives are right before announcing New Year's Resolutions. With impure motives, we could sabotage ourselves. Do you have a history of not finishing what you start? If so, perhaps there's something here for you.
God keeps calling me back to a place of quiet determination. A place where it's just me and Him. A place where I'm honest before Him about my strengths and weaknesses, and acknowledge His power in my life more than my own. It's where I place my pride on the altar, and submit my plans in humility.
I'm not always a lone ranger. I do need accountability with other believers. I'm involved in a small group where share honestly. But when it comes to future plans, it's wiser for me to keep most things to myself.
Not everyone struggles with this. But I'm a do-er. My history is littered with times I've taken the lead; when my confidence was misplaced. I get a lot done, but God repeatedly has shown me He cares more about my heart than my accomplishments.
The message I got from 1 Kings 20:11 was to check my heart. It really didn't have anything to do about making resolutions or announcing them. So I'm digging in deeper this year. I'm narrowing my focus ... my blinders are on. God gave me some big assignments last year. He entrusted some responsibilities to me that need my attention to bring about fruit.
I also promised to provide the video to that talk, so here it is.
What do you think about this idea? Has announcing goals ever helped or hurt you? Is there a way to do this wisely?
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In His Love,