"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Giving Up the Goal



Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? - Galatians 3:3 niv

This morning when you started your day, did you have an agenda? Many people, at least the more organized ones, begin by consulting a ‘to do’ list. In our society, being goal oriented is viewed as a good attribute.

It seems as if I fight a continual battle to get and stay organized. I make out my list, marking off the more important tasks, dividing them into categories, and putting a checkmark beside each task as I complete it.

Many times, I barely get the list compiled, and I need to crumple it up and throw it out. Each day is an adventure, and some days I have to give up my goals and let God decide.

I love the way David described life in Psalm 139. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and “all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” Did you know that God ordained your life before you took your first breath? Ordain means to put in order by virtue of superior authority.

When life throws me lemons, I try to squeeze the adversity out of it, and let the sweet Holy Spirit calm me while I sip my ‘spiritual lemonade.’ In my distress, I do my best to remember that God is in control. It’s difficult to surrender. Our nature is to try to control, but when we surrender, we give up the goals, and let God decide.

I’ll continue to write my lists. God is not the author of confusion. I desire to set goals that reflect godly priorities, and depend on God to direct me on this path through life – even when my day doesn’t pattern itself after my ‘to do’ list.

When I think of the book mentioned in Psalm 139:16, I wonder what my book of life looks like. How many chapters does it have? I hope it’s a nice, thick book!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the very breath of life. I pray that I will live this day as You direct and guide. Help me to live according to the Spirit, submitting my will to Yours. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

5 comments:

glenniah said...

I am very bad at list making and sticking to goals.
I've been reading a devotional which talks about how God is writing a story about each one of us.
Today I hope that as you go about you will remember you are the Daughter of the Living God who is writing a wonderful story especially for you.
Glen

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

Donna

You have a way of always knowing what I need to hear. Thank you. I am somewhat organized, but making a list and following a list are not necessarily the same thing. I think my problem is that I don't always make my #1 listing "Ask God".

What would you have me do today Lord? Lead me in the steps I should follow, and make your instructions clear. Thy will be done. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Loved this Donna! This was something I needed to read...

God Bless,

Toni Star

Paul said...

Donna you shared: "When life throws me lemons, I try to squeeze the adversity out of it, and let the sweet Holy Spirit calm me while I sip my ‘spiritual lemonade.’ In my distress, I do my best to remember that God is in control. It’s difficult to surrender. Our nature is to try to control, but when we surrender, we give up the goals, and let God decide."

What an awesome post and an awesome way to view the battles that we go through.

When life throws me lemons, to squeeze the adversity out of it and drink the spiritual lemonade.

Allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us as we sip that spiritual lemonade. That speaks volumes and you touched on an awesome metaphor, one that I will think on for awhile.

Be blessed my friend and thanks for such an encouraging post.

Writing for the King,

Paul

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