This is my first blog of 2016. I really have no idea what to say. I DO, however, want to encourage you all to make your 2016 goals and plan those visions. It’s something I’ve found to be beneficial. Just don’t forget to include one thing:
Plan to fail. Alot.
I’m not saying this from the perspective of many business-minded or mindful people who say “plan to lose X amount of profits, etc. etc.” I’m more so saying this to say… plan to NOT achieve what you want to. I guess that doesn’t sound any better, huh?
If you’re a believer, I’m sure you have spent time in prayer – even fasted- about what you believe God’s purpose for you this year is supposed to be. If you’re not a believer, I pray you read this with an open heart to Jesus and see the opportunity He has for you to live in a different (and better!) way you did last year by accepting Him as Master of your life and your plans. For all of us, however, as much as we plan and make our goals, we will inevitably fail in some way or another.
BUT we planned!!! We prayed!! We fasted!! We even received counsel!! We should VERY WELL accomplish our goals!! And God may seem to applaud our efforts and then chuckle. Then break out into a laugh that splits His side. Then pull Himself together with love in His eyes because we’ve forgotten one PRETTY important thing…
We cannot control life. Our sinful nature is without the ability to live in the PERFECT way and purpose God has for us. We will NEVER be able to FULLY COMPREHEND or understand His thoughts or ways concerning us. As much as we may try, and even with the little bit of knowledge we have about our purpose, what we must humbly receive is that goals we make in the best of our knowledge may very well fail in ways we did not plan.
But I’m confused. He still ask us to “write the vision” (Habakkuk 2:2), “count up the cost” (Luke 14:28-30) and EVEN that my diligent planning could lead to profit (Proberbs 21:5). And all of that is correct. The key is, in our planning, are we including God FULLY in the process in a way that says, “‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:15).
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” James 4:13-14
God wants our lives. He wants our hearts to go as hard in love for Him in our actions as much as He does for us. He wants our lives to be committed to Him in ways that shine Jesus’ light to others and hence glorify the One who gave that beautiful gift. But will our goals and plans, however good they may be, be the obstacle that prevents us from achieving the ultimate goal – to be used by God how HE desires?
The wisdom of God is pure and beautiful. God doesn’t want us to live reckless lives WITHOUT vision, but He also doesn’t want us to live prideful lives WITHOUT HIM. It IS Biblical to make plans, yet also righteous to submit them fully to God when He decides to change them according to His Divine Will and Purpose for our lives.
I’ve completed my 2016 goals, breaking them down from daily to monthly. Action steps to insure I’m progressing in the way of achieving my goals. I have pretty great expectations of achieving (most of) them. Goals as a daughter of God, wife, mother, sister in Christ, community member, artist. I spent days, nights and prayers making them. Printed them on bright paper. Even hung them on my wall.
But I’m also planning to fail. Take those action steps I planned to achieve my goal… then trip… and fall… flat on my face before God. Hopefully many times. I have to, because failing to achieve my well-written, prayed-over, thought-through goals will prove to me that I’m not in control of my life. That although God & I seemingly made these goals together, I know but a FRACTION of what He REALLY wants me to do. I am failing to see Him mold me in ways He desires. My planning to fail will prove I know little and trust the God who knows all. That even when my plans are close to perfecting His purpose in my life, I’m willing to surrender my action steps. Everything. I plan to fail so God can have not just my heart but my life.
And that is the most important goal I ever want to achieve.