It’s easy to drift through life and wake up and discover yourself entrenched in middle-aged with little to show. You CAN find relief for life drift. Start with a plan.
What’s Wrong with a Life Plan?
“You shouldn’t have a life plan because God tells us that he’ll order our steps,” a family member counseled me when I told him about spending time making a life plan a few years ago.
“I see what you mean,” I answered, “but if you refer to that verse in Psalm 37, you might want to read the whole chapter. Besides,” I assured him, “I wrote my life plan to align with my relationship with God and what I know about him.”
He nodded his head, still looking dubious, and the conversation turned to other topics.
Psalm 37:23 does say,
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives,” but it also says a lot of other things, too.King David
For most of my life, I’ve suffered from life drift. Other family members think I’ve had goals and aspirations and I’ve made things happen in my life. Not so. I’ve had vague ideas and hazy dreams and a lot of them have turned out well. As a teenager, I knew I wanted to serve God, and I kind of fell into teaching as a way of serving.
Once I created a life plan, I realized I had wasted a lot of time on unimportant things by just drifting along. I had fallen prey to mindlessly going through life, feeling overwhelmed and underachieving.God delights in our accomplishments–and the more we plan, the more we can accomplish for him. #goals #fmfparty Click To Tweet
Commit Your Goals to God for Relief
The first part of Psalm 37 talks about what happens when we commit everything we do to the Lord: he will help us. If we don’t spend time thinking about our plans and our purpose, we won’t have a lot to commit to God.
Planning and long-term goal-setting don’t come naturally to me, but during the last two years, I’ve sought relief from my life drift and discovered that I CAN plan (and achieve). I can set short-term goals and long-term goals, and adopt good habits.
When I ask God to act as my planning partner and commit my ways to him, I can serve him better and more efficiently. I can burn the dross out of my life and make time for my best yes. It’s not presumptuous or ungodly to make plans and set goals. God made us to create, serve and achieve.
He delights in our achievements like a good, good Father. What a relief! Self-care means acknowledging that God planned for our existence and honoring his plan with a plan for our life so that we can fulfill his purpose for us.