Hi Friends! Happy Sunday to you! Well, we are over a week into our New Year's Resolutions. How do you think you're doing? Are you sticking with your plans for losing weight, getting organized and all the other resolutions? While making plans to better ourselves is a good thing, we often lose steam after a few short weeks and begin making excuses. This bible verse was recently brought to mind, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Not only were we created by God Almighty, but He has had our lives planned out from before we were even conceived in our mothers' wombs. He knows the rhythm of our days and what's most important for us to accomplish in the grand scheme of things.
Have you ever been in a position where you had to cross a stream filled with rocks acting as stepping stones. Some of them may have wobbled or been covered with slick moss. Perhaps you weren't too sure-footed and walked behind someone more experienced than yourself. Your 'guide' would step out before you and find the best path for you to take. It stands to reason that you would follow your guide and step on the rocks he has shown you to be the most stable, and the ones that will get you safely to the other side of the stream.
Likewise, wouldn't it make sense if everyday we asked the Lord to direct our paths and help us to walk in the good works He has already planned? We spend so much time walking in circles, spinning our wheels and then hitting the walls of exasperation. How different our lives would look if we sought Him first thing in the morning to get our plans straight! "Lord, what would You have me accomplish today that would bring You glory?" is what my first thought should be everyday. And, if the day's plans get derailed by lunchtime, ask again. "Lord, what good works have you prepared for me to walk in today?" It needs to be an ongoing conversation with Him, if we are to live with purpose and avoid burnout.
So, don't throw out those resolutions just yet. Just seek the Lord, asking Him to direct your paths every step of the way.