Plan. Hope. Future.
“The Lord himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid.” Deuteronomy 31:8 GNTD
Looking at the year to come can be daunting. I don’t know about you, but one thing I am trying to learn with life is the element of change. Not only being OK with it, but learning to embrace it. Welcome it. Celebrate it. One thing I have learned about change is that it seems to fit best and last longest when we allow it to unfold over time. Seeing God’s plan in our life unfold is exciting and overwhelming. So, instead of trying to make it all happen at one time, many times hope and strength grow as we take practical change and execute it over time. Since my birthday is in early January, I usually try to write down a few things I want to embrace over the next year of life on or around that time. I’m a big believer in simple, measurable goals that happen over time. Some things you will need to set up a structure for every day and some things will need to be added over time. Author Charles Duhigg of “The Power of Habit” says that the only way to really re-write new habits over old ones is to change the routine. We all want to live lives of purpose and hope but often that comes at the cost of being intentional about change and re-writing behaviors with new ones. It may take a year or two for you to lay down a habit and re-route it to a healthy, new behavior. Don’t get discouraged, allow God to show you the plan and then be diligent to take the tiny steps to execute it. In a world of overnight success, don’t be discouraged when things take longer than posting on your Instagram. Stay the course until you see it come to pass.
Pastor Mark :)
Action: Pray about small changes you can implement into your life. Write the prayers out if that helps.