The New Year has come and I have a resolution …. to make no New Year’s Resolution. In the 1960’s a popular saying rose up, “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” I remember thinking, “duh”. It was a saying born out of a rehabilitation program; another version of the Thomas the little engine’s chuggin’ “I think I can, I think I can.” And another cliche’ repeated by mothers everywhere, “you can do anything if you put your mind to it”. All are true in essence, but then life happens. Statistics show 80% of us fail at our resolutions before the end of February. I am sure one of the previous schools of thought gave way to the saying, “the road is paved with good intentions”.
When I was a small girl I wanted to be a famous ice skater like the ones we saw each year in Holiday On Ice shows. As I grew older I wanted to be a famous fashion designer. I even looked at attending fashion design school. Reality and practicality set in and I started college in the business department. When my father was diagnosed with lung cancer I dropped out of college for a semester. With the circumstances at that time, I switched to a local community college and switched to an education degree. I loved English, thanks to my high school senior English teacher, Miss Fields. When I graduated I decided to go to Georgia Tech and study industrial management. Dreams … I had them. They just kept changing.
We all have dreams, plans for our lives. Some have plans that were planned out carefully by their parents. So many people graduate from college with degrees in fields they never enter. Many never work a day in their ‘chosen field’. There are so many perpetual students out there, always in school learning something, looking for something, needing fulfillment. Deep inside we all have a hunger for something, a dream that needs fulfilling. Many of us will never realize that dream.
Each of us are born with a purpose, a driving plan for our life, God’s plan. Sometimes family, circumstances or even our own sense of purpose drives us away from His plan. People dream of being rich, famous and think all of these will bring fulfillment for what they really want, acceptance and love. It is so simple that many over look that all we need is His son Jesus in our lives providing that acceptance and love that is unconditional. We are all loved by God. Sadly, many never discover His love. Even sadder is that many Christians forget He loves us unconditionally and walk through life defeated. Are you running around looking for acceptance, that sense of purpose, that plan and totally missing His plan that is wrapped in His love?
Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NLT) “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
I can ice skate for my own pleasure (far from being good enough to be considered for an ice skating job). I can sew and design and made clothes for my girls and myself, costumes for school and church plays, and managed the fittings and alterations for 10+ years of choral and band programs. I have used my business school experience to work in many jobs as an administrative assistant in my over 40 years of working. I used my English studies background to help many students, even though I never became an English teacher. I used my industrial management training in the printing industry as well as my current management job at the bookstore. I never quite ‘got there’ in any of the ‘dreams’ yet God had a purpose in letting me learn those things even though I never worked in a the field full time as a career. Has my life been a failure? NOTE TO SELF: When things do not turn out the way you planned; when something goes wrong, no matter how bad, THANK GOD for His plan and that He has one. Ask Him to show you what you are to learn and which direction He is pointing you.
God’s plan, His perfect plan. So many more blessings than if I had managed to follow MY plan. I have been married for 36 years next week. We have two beautiful daughters and three precious grandchildren (oh, and there’s those two son-in-laws too :-D). The life that happened to me is filled with blessings and joys beyond my capabilities of dreaming. I never fulfilled my plan, because God’s plan was the one I really had a desire to find, in my depths of my heart. He reveals your true dreams down deep inside of you. You just have to listen.
If you do anything this year, discover Him in you. Allow His plan and not your own. When that plan of yours falls through, thank Him and ask Him to reveal His plan. Our failures are some of our biggest successes. We learn from them and we learn to let God take control. God’s plan is never a failure. God takes everything to the best end.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
LET GO AND LET GOD! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YOU!