I wrote last week about New Year’s and making resolutions or goals going into the new year and being accountable to them. I believe it is a year to put accountability to our words and action behind our thoughts. And I think the perfect place to start is by getting a plan. When we have a vision for the future it won’t happen unless we put the time in. If you have decided to start that new business this year or run a marathon, or maybe read more Scripture it isn’t going to happen without a plan.
When I was a little girl I was determined to be the best. I was a fireball of intense determination. I loved to ride and rope and my whole world revolved around horses. I was always challenging myself to get better. And the more time I put in, the more reward I reaped. I grew and won some championships and lost some too. And eventually when I was 25 years old I won a World Title. I was the best roper there was that year. Now, I tell you all this not to pat myself on the back, but to show my point. It took me from age eight to 25…17 years of determination, time, and pressing in to take hold of that goal. Step by step. And it started with a plan.
Sometime after I won that World Title I began to hold a high expectation of myself. If I tried something and it didn’t happen immediately I would get defeated and give up. Or I would decide not to do it at all. I became terrified of failure. Over a year ago now, I wanted to start The Rustic Cup. A dream placed by God in my heart to own a local coffee shop where people could come to encounter an atmosphere of Jesus… a place of love and kindness and meeting people right where they are. Well I wanted it to just come. Just show up! But I hadn’t put any time or work into it. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t even know where to start. So the days went by and it tormented me and I became frustrated because it wasn’t “just happening”. I kept thinking that if God had truly spoken to my heart about having this coffee shop then He would surely bring it to pass. But, nothing happens in the supernatural if we don’t put the work into the natural.
So, get a plan! I’m in the process of getting mine too! I know that I don’t want to wake up a year from now and look back and think, “wow I really wanted to do that but never did”. Or “I was going to do that”. Or “I’m not any closer today to my goal than I was a year ago”. I want this year to be the year that I put action behind my thoughts. Even if it takes 17 more years before the coffee shop exists I want to be pressing in to take hold of it when it does. I want to be able to look back next year at this time and see the progress I’ve made.
~Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
Lets forget the past and get moving forward into 2018!