Do you ever feel like you are simply drifting through life? You may see a destination but the way to get there seems so convoluted. I have felt that way, especially for the last two years. So much of my life and goals were turned into nothing but ashes. Because I was thrown off track with those goals and that particular life plan I, sadly; gave up on planning for much. I focused solely on survival. I even used the following scripture found in Proverbs to justify my lack of a life plan; “Man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps.” I misinterpreted the verse because of my own hurt to mean–Well if God is going to determine my steps, why bother plotting a course of action? Again, this was a misinterpretation dominated by hurt. What this verse means is that we are going to plan things out, but God is ultimately sovereign. We are still supposed to plan things out to the best of our ability but, we can trust that if we do go off course or have made the wrong plans God will do what is necessary to direct us the right way.
That being said, I recently started listening to an audiobook called Living Foward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. (By the way, if you want to listen to this book, it’s currently the free audiobook of the month from Living Forward Audiobook). This book encourages the reader to make a plan. So far, I have only completed three of the exercises in full but the first exercise helped me to clarify my goals and where I want to be; what is most important to me. It’s called the “Eulogy Exercise.” The idea is for you to write your own eulogy. What is it that you would like the most important people in your life to say about you at your funeral? It sounds depressing, but it really isn’t; it truly helps you to focus on what matters to you.
I also started doing a second exercise working through my “life accounts.” All I can say about this exercise is that most of my “life accounts” need a lift. I also thought that it would be a long time before my relationships account got a lift, let’s just say; thankfully God works on his own timeline. Most of the time, God’s timeline has nothing to do with our own..more on this another day.