We’re days away from wrapping up the second month of the new year but it’s never too late to set those resolutions and head confidently in a direction. Because as Lara Casey says, “There’s nothing magical about January 1.”
But maybe you’re like me and the problem isn’t coming up with goals and action plans and to-do lists. It’s knowing which are the right ones, where I should be spending my time and my brain space. Any number of directions could be good, but which is the best?
The pressure of picking the right way, of not wasting the minutes that make the years that make a life can be enough to paralyze you.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Yeah, there’s some great systems and methods for stripping it down to the heart of what matters but at the foundation to any of it is this one secret.
Ask the One who made you.
This final week of our three stops a day for five minutes we’re going to spend it doing just that. Asking God where He would have us join Him, where He’s already busy at work and if maybe we could come along and watch some miracles happen?
Maybe you’re like me and lists of boxes to check off make you feel like you’re doing something worthwhile with your time. But there’s a danger in getting so busy for Jesus that you actually miss Jesus.
We’ve only got one life to live and the last thing I want to hear when I reach Heaven is that I was busy running around in some corner while He was quietly waiting for me to come join Him. Sort of like those two sisters, where one chooses to sit at His feet and the other comes in covered in flour, frustrated that she doesn’t have any help.
These last three weeks, we’ve been pausing to search our frantic hearts, letting go of the burdens weighing us down and praying over the heavy in this world. And now, finally, we’re going to ask what He would have us do with all that.
Maybe you’ll find He’s asking you to step out of your comfort zone and get involved somewhere, someway, on these issues that scream from headlines. Maybe He’s nudging you to reach out to someone who needs a reminder that they are seen and loved. Or maybe He’s telling you to slow down, to stop trying to do and simply be a bit more.
Whatever goal-setting we do, whatever resolutions we pick up at the beginning or even mid-year, the humble truth to remember is this:
God can do more in our stillness than we can do in all our running around.
These last few days, as we finish this detox of the soul, let’s breathe deep three times a day, five minutes at a time, and be still, offering up our lists and our day planners, the soul whispers of the last few weeks and ask: where does He want us to join Him and in what way?
And then trust that He will turn our offerings and multiply them into a miracle.