Ever find that every step you take you feel like you’re two steps behind?
That’s me. My 2016 goals are in place. I have a plan to meet each goal. And they’re good goals, too! The first week of the year went rather smoothly … pacing myself, telling myself You can do this. It’s a piece of cake!
If you’re like me, something happens to throw you off your game. It could be the simple trip to the store for a few things that turns into buying enough supplies to get through Armageddon. Or maybe your neighbor needs you to watch their kids for a while so they can help a relative stricken with the flu. Better yet, your spouse wants to start on that project you’ve been wanting done for years—only they need your supervision.
Any of these sound familiar? All are different with one common thread: my plan to succeed vs. an opportunity to show God’s love.
When I set my goal and start executing my plan, I’ve learned I must always leave margin—or wiggle room. That allows me to set a course, but always have room to do what God asks of me. That’s my focus. God’s plan comes first.
What good would I be if I met all my goals and ignored the people around me? Mark 8:36 (NIV) says it this way, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
I need to have goals. I work well when I have a structured plan to work in. But I need to always remember that God’s plan beats my plan every time… and I’m good with that.
What helps you keep your focus?