Must Have a Plan…
or Plan to Fail!
I think making and implementing plans go hand in hand with establishing and fulfilling priorities. Obviously being successful in various aspects of life should be among our top priorities. But even before we get to that point, we need to be willing to evaluate our lives, acknowledge areas that need change and growth, and be willing to go through the transformation to improve our lives. This often requires us to adopt a new mindset and overcome barriers or strongholds (check out my post on my other blog about Intentionally Pulling Down Strongholds). A more peaceful and calm spirit is the frequent reward for prioritizing and following through on these plans.
Here’s some relevant inspiration ….
“To stay in perfect peace, we should give God the best of our time and our goods. We must be honest with ourselves about what our priorities really are and start making changes to keep God in first place.
Don’t give God your leftovers; don’t give Him the part of your day when you’re worn out and you can’t think straight or hardly keep your eyes open. Give God the first fruits of your attention. Give Him the best part of your day. That’s where your real priorities will be found.
Talk to God as you go about your day, asking Him to direct you in the choices you are making and to empower you for the jobs you need to get done. As you acknowledge that God is always with you, you will keep Him first in everything you set out to do, and He will show you a direct path that will lead you to peace.
Following the moment-by-moment leading of the Holy Spirit will cause you to enjoy every day of your life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
I’ve been thinking a lot about the plans I initially made for the new year, and how well I’ve implemented those plans (or not). This naturally also incorporated the idea of establishing priorities and maintaining peace while carrying out those tasks necessary to accomplish goals. I think the concept of transformation is also woven within prioritizing and reaching goals, because taking these actions requires us to change how we’re presently doing (or not doing) something.
So some additional inspiration…
“I believe that one of the reasons people lose their peace and fail to have the things they want is because they get their priorities out of line. There are only so many projects to which people can give their time and attention. Yet even good things can get our priorities all messed up.
So we have to be careful that we don’t just do what everybody else is doing. We need to do what God is leading us individually to do. When setting our priorities, it’s important to understand that Jesus is the holding power of all that is good in our lives.
That is why He should always be our first priority. Jesus holds everything together…if Jesus is not first in our lives, then we need to rearrange our priorities.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
I have been making an effort to do this daily, prioritizing my prayer time/quiet time for first thing in the morning. Sometimes, if possible, even before I get out of bed, I spend some time praying; if not then, at least very soon after getting up and around. It is true, too, these days turn out to be more peaceful and generally run more smoothly than those days I don’t start my daily routine that way.
I like the admonition to remember that even GOOD things can interfere with our priorities, because we really can’t do everything.
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Do you start your day with some kind of quiet time or meditation?
Have you noticed a difference when you do versus when you don’t?
Are you good at setting and KEEPING your priorities straight?