“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
So here we are, at the end of another year. While Christmas is the season of looking back to remember our Savior’s birth, New Year’s week is the season of looking ahead and making resolutions, isn’t it?
Most of us see these last few days of December as the window of time to make plans about the upcoming year, and sometimes beyond. We decide what habits need to go and think of new ones to implement, or dream a little about goals we’d like to pursue.
I used to spend a lot of time reviewing the previous year and making lists of new and exciting ideas. I’m going to get in really good going shape…I’m going to finish writing my next book…I’m going to invite people over more…and so on. Then I’d map out how to accomplish each thing, ending up with lots of To-Do’s filling in my days.
I don’t think any idea I came up with was necessarily bad. But I have to admit that I didn’t take much time during these planning sessions to lift them up to God. To me, resolutions were about what I wanted to do. I “checked in” with God afterwards. But I began to see how unsatisfied that process left me.
Reading this verse offered me an approach to prep for the New Year that honors God. It reminds me that He (not me) is in control, and that His plans (not mine) will come to pass. It encourages me to both let myself dream and to pray over what comes to mind. And it challenges me to keep my resolutions aligned with God’s bigger vision for the world. To me, there’s no better way to start a new year!
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