Trust in the Lord with all your heart
do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and
He will make your paths straight.
Have your New Year’s resolutions ever get you exhausted? Do you seem to have too many things on your lists and never enough time to complete them? Do you end up tired, stressed, overburdened, and shackled by your to-do lists? Are you just flabbergasted at the results that instead of crying you start to laugh your heart out loud?
Quite often I find myself laughing my heart out loud concerning my goals and resolutions because when I look at them a second time, I can’t help to wonder “what were you thinking?” Seriously, you wanted to nurture your relationship with God, work a full-time job, work a business, finish a graduate program, take great care of your husband and kids, write a book, keep a clean house, and keep up with the children’s activities on a daily basis?
Although you may want to change your life NOW, it does not make sense to tackle every single aspect of your life in one BIG swoop. That gets overwhelming and exhausting. Before you can change your life, you must to change your day. You have to remember that it is not you doing the changing, but the Spirit of God in you. Therefore, before you start making resolutions and setting goals, you have to start where it matters the most. You must start with God. You must God-engineer your goals.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you go about setting your goals for this year.
Ask God to Lead You
Although you may think you know the key areas that you need to concentrate on in order to make your life fabulous this year, only God knows exactly what you need and He knows exactly how to get you there. Specifically, make your request to God so that He can tell you the areas that He desires that you work on.
Pray and Listen
It is important that you pray to God about your goals, resolutions, and your dreams. He desires that you do incredible things in your life; however, you have to be in that constant line of communication with Him so that He can reveal His will for your life.
Study and Remain Alert
One of your main goals should be a spiritual one – one that will enable you to study the Word of God and to apply it to your life. God uses His Word to nudge you in the right direction and to sustain you.
Set BIG Goals
Set goals that you cannot reach on your own. These goals will force you to seek the help of God to get them done.
You must know exactly what you want to accomplish, how you want to accomplish it, why you want to accomplish it, and when it must be accomplished. Keep in mind that God has His own timeframe.
Be forthright with yourself. Only write goals down what you truly intend to commit your time and your resources to. Write it down, read it, and pray about it at least twice a day preferably in the morning upon waking up and at night right before you go to sleep.
Chunk it Down
Be committed to do what you can do in one hour or in a day. Progress may be slow, but you will be able to celebrate small successes. Tackling too much at once may leave you depleted and without energy to maintain a consistent pace.
Take the Risk
Step out in faith! Big goals that require the help of God to accomplish demand you take big risks. You can step out in faith knowing that God is leading always and that He is the one responsible for the pursuit of this particular goal. As Proverbs 3:5-6 states, if you trust in Him and acknowledge Him, He will make your paths straight.