Your New Year Plans
by Susan G Mathis
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
Within the week, it’ll be a new year. Yes, I’m getting an early start, but it’s never too early, right?
While planning, goal-setting and making bucket lists are well and good, I’ve learned that none of that matters unless those plans, goals and lists are firmly committed to God’s will and way. My plans need to be His plans. But what does that look like?
For me, that takes time, prayer and searching my heart to make sure my plans—and the motives that surround them—are biblically-based and Spirit-led. It could be anything from a vacation to building a friendship to writing my next book; I simply need to check first with the One who knows what’s best for me.
Of course I have to plan my course—plan my days, weeks, months and year—but I want the Lord to determine my steps (Proverb 16:9). Otherwise, I know I’ll be spinning my wheels, wasting my time and could even get myself into a whole heap of trouble! Whether it’s about marriage, parenting, grandparenting, writing, traveling or some other aspect of life, ponder the foundation of what God’s Word says about your next year of life.
Susan G Mathis is author of The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Lifetime of Love & Happiness and Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage with her husband, Dale. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.