“I hate making long-range plans,” I said to hubby at dinner the other night.

“You have to. If you don’t, you’ll flounder.”

Grrr. He’s right. But setting goals is way too tedious for me. I’d rather just do what comes up. You know, follow God’s lead for the moment. And contently, try to do my best each day.

I’m tempted to do the same this year, too. When most are setting New Year’s resolutions, making plans, charting paths to reach this or that, I just want to chill. Anyone out there feel like I do? To-do lists already dictate my day. And the daily demands beckon relentlessly.

But I guess it’s time to change. This year, I’ll embrace a different attitude. I’ll plan to do three things:

  1. Calm my heart enough to hear what God is instructing me.
  2. Seek His Word more diligently to know if I’m heading in the right direction.
  3. And be at peace when things don’t work out.

These are my three goals. I don’t know what the New Year will bring. I don’t know where God will take the ministry. But I do know that peace; sweet peace will fill my soul just because His Word whispered to me this morning: "Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10).

He’s God when I fail to plan, when I fall. And He’s still God when triumph comes in spite of it all.




Janet Perez Eckles

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