Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Give Careful Thought to Your Ways

I'm continually tested in a number of areas in my life but one I usually keep making the rounds on is trust. It is no secret to those who know me well that an organized life is a happy wife! I love plans, order, schedules, and organization - the typical A-Type personality. 

When there is no organization I tend to break out in hives. If there's a hiccup in my plans I try not to melt down. Just being honest with you. So when I read this in my devotional today I had to laugh out loud. Straight from my True Identity Bible here's a portion of what I read today:

"We can make elaborate plans for our lives, but really we have no idea what the future holds. That's why David wrote, "My times are in your hands" (Psalm 31:15). Only God knows what will happen in the future. But aren't many of our plans made with the assumption that we have plenty of time? The credit card commercials promise us a world of fun if we spend now and pay later. Many bright (but misled) people buy into the belief that there's always time to save later, just like many bright (but deceived) people believe there's always time to give their lives to God later. But God sometimes has a way of surprising us and upending our well-laid plans, just as he did in Jesus' parable about the rich fool (see Luke 12:16-21). Having hoarded his money, the rich fool though he had time to sit back and enjoy it. But God had a surprise for him."

God is continually breaking me down that trusting in me, the need for control, will only go so far. He is the Author and the Finisher. I strongly agree that God wants us to have order and be better managers of our time. The reasons for these things are so we are healthier people who in turn can be better used to serve others. But the moment you start leaning entirely on YOU He will make sure to remind you.

Haggai 1:5 says, "Give careful thought to your ways." 

When you get a chance read the short two chapter book of Haggai it is a good reminder that we are to give careful consideration to our priorities. (Haggai 1:5-6)

So if you are like me I hope this serves you as good reminder when the well laid out plans of your day go awry. Because at some point, some day, they will and who knows maybe God is teaching us a lesson or has the "Big Picture" laid out that we have yet to see.

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