Just as frequently as we get caught up in negative thoughts and emotions, positive thoughts and goals can impede a key ingredient in our path towards happiness and a purpose-driven life; Trust in God.
If you’re like me, there are a series of daily, weekly and monthly goals you set for yourself. As the boxes next to the items begin to become checked off, and the focus of energy towards its continuation intensifies, you can get lost in the mire that becomes planning the next day, week or month without pausing to focus on why these goals exist within your heart in the first place. You may also, like me, lose focus of your role in these efforts.
My Daily Devotional Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence is all but a daily devotional for me. I admit I often forget to open its binding, even though it sits in my organizer strapped to my passenger seat. This morning, having let too much time elapse between now and the last time I opened it, I turned to a day from this weekend. March 18th’s knocked me backwards, as it rang true for me today, and I’m betting for at least a few of you as well:
“Trust Me One Day At a Time. This keeps you close to Me, responsive to My will…Exert your will to Trust Me in all circumstances. Don’t let your need to understand distract you from My Presence…Tomorrow is busy worrying about itself; don’t get tangled up in its worry-webs. Trust Me One Day At a Time.”
While I find many of this devotional’s messages to be useful to me, none have been quite so well-timed as this one. For without daily reminders about Trusting others, specifically God, I become to self-reliant and arrogant in my supposing that my efforts have conjured my successes of themselves. Never have I been so powerful, insightful or wise in a single moment as to attain that which God has Blessed me. It is unconscionable to believe that I could stack enough of these moments together to deserve what I have. It is even less likely that I’ll hit a single one of my future goals of my own merit. So what then shall we do?
I’ve often struggled with the balance required in life relating to these two core principles; do I wait for God’s Blessing, or go get it myself? Often it is logical to believe that one or the other must take the lead. What I have found most plausible is the idea that exerting my will to Trust in God while giving my best effort in all that I do creates exponential blessings in life. So too shall I try to behave today. In hopes of repeating that effort, I will leave this passage somewhere clearly visible to me. My hope is that you may also find a message that speaks to you, that can keep you attuned to God’s plan for your life. For how Great must God Be if He’s Blessed Us with this much already?
Yours in the Pursuit of Purpose,