Recently, I was having my morning devotional time and stumbled across Proverbs 16:3:
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
It really stood out to me; the start of a new year, and one of the first Bible verses that stands out is one about committing my dreams and plans to Christ.
Coincidence? I don’t think so!
And then verse 9 caught my attention:
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
What a way to start off the year in my personal quiet time!!
I truly believe that when we ask Jesus to show us what He wants us to receive from His Word, that He will do so.
We can list every resolution, every intention, and every goal we have for each new year – but if they aren’t directed and inspired by Christ, we’re ultimately setting ourselves up for failure.
It’s not that we can’t or shouldn’t have hopes, goals, and dreams – but when we don’t lay them at the feet of Jesus and ask Him that ultimately His will be done in our lives we’re shooting ourselves in the foot.
I like to make a short list of intentions each year, and then I pray over them, asking Christ to ultimately direct my paths and make His ways known to me.
I’ve wasted so many years chasing my goals and my dreams, completely ignoring any path that Christ had set for my life and it’s sad.
Christ can take those dreams and hopes that we frail humans have and turn them into something a thousand times better if we lay them at His feet, and commit our ways to Him.
In truth, many of us (myself included!) use God more as an umbrella than a compass in life.
We want to forge our own way – and then when those mountains become too steep and we tumble down our own selfish ambitions, we cry out for Christ to “come save us” and automatically expect Him to do so.
Here’s a truth I learned loud and clear last year: Christ doesn’t owe us anything.
Western Christianity is increasingly becoming an “ask and you shall receive” religion, rather than a relationship rooted in servitude towards Christ.
When life is lived around Christ, it will be within the will of Christ.
But when Christ is squeezed into a small portion of our life, then we aren’t on the right path and we’ll ultimately fail.
In 2022, I want to commit my hopes and dreams to Christ.
I want to lay them at His feet, for Him to mold them into whatever He decides fits His will for my life.
I want Him to establish my path and my steps, not me blindly trying to do it on my own.
I want Christ in the center of my life, not squeezed in anywhere He will fit.
Take a moment and examine your own goals, ambitions, and dreams – are they fully focused on yourself? Is Christ in them? Are they selfish, or are they pure?
Does Christ establish your path in life?
Will you place Christ in the center of everything in 2022?
I’m asking myself the same exact questions!
I don’t pretend to be perfect on here; because I’m not.
I fail – a lot.
I’m not a “Super Christian” by any means; I’m simply open and honest in my thoughts on here, hoping they also make someone else think to pass those thoughts to someone I’ll never be able to reach myself.
Join me in the pursuit of committing 2022 to Christ, to laying all hopes and dreams at His feet, to allowing Christ the center stage of our lives so He can make known His paths to us.