“By God’s grace and direction one goal I hope to achieve begins with this post. Each month I will introduce a principle of success as seen in God’s word. My plan is to post Success 2019 once a week. I hope also to keep working on the Walking with Jesus series posting once a week . My hope is to encourage and strengthen us in the word of God as we travel through this new year.”
This paragraph ended my first post in “Success for 2019.” By man’s standards I have already failed in achieving that goal. But in the failing I’ve been reminded of an important lesson.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” Proverbs. 3:5-7.
Was my goal worthy? Yes. But it was established on my understanding, my wisdom, and the path I had laid out. I wanted to keep doing what I was doing, thinking because the Lord led me in this way when I started, I should stay in this way now.
What does my goal look like now? I don’t know. But I do know what it is.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12.
“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” John 12:26.
Follow Him for He will show me the way, He will be with me, and the path that is taken will be honored by my Father.
In counting the cost of my hope to continue with the Success series and the Walk With Jesus series, one thing I could not see…the future.
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Prov. 16:9.
My plans were made but the Lord knew what lay ahead. He would direct my steps.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 27:23.
To achieve this goal of following my Lord, I need only let Him order my steps.
So, yes, I did fail to achieve my goal of posting but found a better one. This one I counted the cost for many years ago without knowing where it would lead in living out life, but always knowing the ultimate destination would be achieved, not by my works but by my Father’s.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Phil. 1:6.
Along with Paul, by God’s grace, I will one day say,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2Tim. 4:7,8.
How does this fit into blogging? Not sure. As of now, as the Lord puts something in my heart to write and gives me the time to do it, I pray to be obedient. I hope to be able to visit those who have faithfully followed my writing, not because you followed me, but, because your writing is an encouragement to me. We are all members of one body. God bless you.