Last week, I took a break from blog writing to write for some other purposes: seminary, church, books, and a tad more. It was a relief to be honest, a good breather. But it didn’t come without setbacks.
Remember that I set a personal goal to write at least five pieces each week? (That is a total of 260 posts for the year.) The break from the blog would mean that I would set myself back at least five writings, if I’m keeping with the annual goal total. So yeah, it was difficult to do, but I did it. I took a week off. And yeah, it hurt … sorta.
In my series on goal setting, I mentioned our goals should be seen in light of God’s will. God has a purpose for your life that is expressed in His permissive will. He has things He wants you to do, but will, for reasons of His own, allow you to do things that are not divinely desirable.
At the same time, God has a purpose for your life that is expressed in His providential will. This is the big picture. It entails the master plan that will not be altered by any choice you make. It is the plan that includes you, but takes in account all the other intricacies of creation. There is no stopping this plan.
For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back? (Is. 14:27)
When our goals and plan conflict with His providential will, we will either fight His plans in vain or alter our plans to agree. Fighting God’s plans will inevitably result in our disappointment. We will not win. Rather, we should simply make the adjustments to align ourselves with His design.
Remember that Christian word submit? How about this one: surrender?
The matter of letting our goals go or change is a matter of submitting ourselves to God’s greater design. It’s not a matter of losing, per se, but a matter of gaining. I mean, would you like to achieve your goals and lose your soul? (See how I did that?)
All that to remind you of something I recently needed to remind myself: goals are best made pliable.
Speaking of which, my goal in writing this was not that. But as it goes, that’s where it ended. Funny how that works, right? I actually wanted to give you an update on my life, writing, changes, and other things that will impact my blog. Since you are one who keeps up, I thought you might want to know. We’ll get into that throughout this week.