“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin. I’m a planner by nature and I’ve often quoted this verse, however, as we start a new year and begin making our plans I believe it’s prudent that I add a caution. All these plans (goals) that we enthusiastly begin to schedule will quickly amount to a whole lot of business.
We all need margin in our lives–time for prayer and Bible reading, time to be still, time to be in God’s presence. “Be still and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10. Margin allows time for rest. Rest is not an option–it’s a commandment. “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is the Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places. Leviticus 23:3. As humans we need rest, it’s as essential as air and water. It’s not something we do when time allows, it’s a necessary part of a healthy existence. And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27.
Our plans may all be good things…exercise, more volunteer work, etc..but are they the best things–are they the plans God intends for us to do. To often we jump ahead of God by making our own plans without asking the Lord His plans for us.
None of us want to start a new year over-committed and over-whelmed–stressed, frustrated, exhausted. Therefore, I would caution you to prayerfully discern exactly what God’s will is for your life. In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9. Count blessings, Kasey