In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. He observed his creation and determined that it needed more, so he did exactly that — added more. He added value to his creation. With an enormous task at hand, he did it little by little. He made distinctions between his creations and gave them each a purpose. Such a plan took less than a week for our creator, and today we marvel at it in all its splendor. Worthy of note, he rested on the seventh day after finishing his work.
Our plans for our lives will never compare to his, but our thoughts and plans are gifts from him. When we consult him in all matters, rest assured that he will chime in with frequent notifications about our next steps if we keep our notifications on. For that reason, it is important to unplug from all distractions that may cause us to miss notifications from God. Sometimes that means keeping our mouths closed too.
As we grow closer to him in our journey, we feel his presence and see it in everything. We become less critical and more curious about his creations — whether in the work place, the market place, or any place. We long to do better every time we miss the mark, and that is part of his plan as well — to draw us in, forgive us, and teach us to rely solely on him.
Before crafting my vision for the new year, I had a lengthy conversation with the Lord to help me wade through the minutiae that always seem to trip me up.
They say that the devil is in the details, and I think they’re right.
The enemy is always lurking–attempting to steal your joy and squash your plans. If you’re not careful, he’ll try to unplug your connection to God, and then you’ll only hear his messages in the form of negative self-talk and bad behavior.
Here are 5 Steps I Take to Stay Plugged In
- Talk to God all day.
- Read, study, and apply the word of God each day.
- Ask God to connect me to other believers.
- Thank God every day for his unmerited favor.
- Speak life into everyone I encounter. This is a work in progress.
These are not guarantees of a life free of obstacles; however, they are steps toward building a stronger relationship with the one who authored a plan for each of us. Is there anyone greater to partner with? No, there’s nobody greater, and that connection is worth fighting for.