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Just Some Thoughts on Hitting the Reset Button in September…

 

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Here we are in the ninth month of 2015. The year is birthed. These months, however long or short they have seemed, have grown, matured from hours into days, and formed months that have become who we are. Somehow, these little thumbprints of  time have been knit together to create an entire living picture of this precious thing called life, our life.

If we were intentional, goals and  dreams were thought upon at the beginning of the year, maybe even written down.

…but who sets goals or dreams in September? Isn’t January the big month for mapping out the year?

Looking back at this year, maybe some of these goals came to fruition, others, maybe not. Maybe, we became too paralyzed by fear to even begin! How do we stay on the road of passionately pursuing these dreams and goals without pridefully forging ahead and not consulting God for the direction to His perfect pathways? After all, He has the ultimate map of life and  graciously gives each person gifts, talents and callings, to be used to accomplish good works for His glory. { Eph. 2:8-10, Romans 12: 3-18).



Here are 3 Thoughts to Hit the Reset Button…Even in September:

1.Delight Yourself in Him. Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” {NIV}  Often times people will  shortened that verse to say, “He will give you the desires of your heart,” as if there is a magic genie bottle to rub, and  poof, God appears asking you for what you wish and then it happens. But, it first says, “Take delight in the Lord.” What does that mean?  How do I set a goal or dream a dream while delighting myself in Him?  It’s just what it says.  First take delight in Him.  First, align my heart with His. Know His character and ways by knowing His word.

Knowing about someone is very different from actually knowing someone, by experience, through a personal relationship. Read and meditate on His love letter of the Bible, and see what He thinks about you, what He has done for you, and the depth of His character to pursue and lead you on good paths. Psalm 16:11 says, “You {God} will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” {NKJV} As I match my heart with His, His desires become my goals and dreams, and whether lead through valleys, pot holes, or peaks, His ways are always the best and most fulfilling for my life.

2. Take Ventures of Faith. Step out and follow the leading of the Lord in your life. It is so easy to allow our anxious thoughts to cloud the steps we should take in life, isn’t it? We may often say, “Well, this will never happen.” or I don’t see any possible way for this to come about.”  John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” {NASB}  Philippians 4:13 states, ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” {NKJV} So, it says, without God we can do nothing, but with God we can do all things!

If we are delighting ourselves in Him, and our desires are His desires, why shouldn’t we step out in faith, however small it may be, in a particular direction? In Joshua chapter 3, Joshua was commanded by the Lord to tell the priests, carrying the arc of the covenant,  to set their feet into the Jordan River before the waters parted. Can you imagine that first step as their feet dipped into the moving currents and kept moving forward? Believing God at His word was the key, and acting upon that word brought their venture of faith in that first step, then another, and another. At the appropriate time, God’s perfect timing and will, the waters parted, and they stood still while the entire company of Israel moved across on dry ground. What would have happened if they were too afraid to cross? I am sure God would have accomplished His will by other means, but wouldn’t they have missed out on the blessing {not to mention disobedience!} of seeing God powerfully work in amazing ways? Who knows what God may want to do with a dream or goal that has been laid upon your heart?  Are you willing to prayerfully let God lead and take that first step?

3. Be Willing to be Used of God at Any Age.  I am so thankful there are no age limits with God!  He can use the very young, the very old, and every age in between. What about the little boy {John 6:1-14} who had five barley loaves and two fish {small fish at that!}? I bet as he trudged along the path by the Sea of Galilee, maybe kicking up dust and picking up rocks and bugs, as little boys do, dreaming of adventures or at the very least something fun to happen that day; I bet he never imagined that a man named Jesus, God in human flesh, would use his small, insignificant lunch to create a feast for thousands of people!

How about Moses, who was 80 years old and called into ministry {Exodus 7:7}, to lead far more than a “Silver Saint’s Bible Study” {though this is an honorable thing} or give an inspirational “TED Talk,” but to actually lead {though dragging his feet at times!} an entire nation in deliverance out of the bondage of slavery?

What about Abraham and Sarah, who at the age of 100 and 90 years old { Genesis 17:17} gave birth to promise by miraculously having their first child, Isaac, who would later father Jacob, who would become the patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel?

My point is, in God’s equation, we are never too young or too old to be used by Him. Isn’t that hopeful? Doesn’t that make you want to allow God to work in amazing ways in your life no matter what season you are in? Doesn’t that make you want to hit your reset thinking button to remember not to limit the limitless Creator of the universe?

But, at any age, that first step of faith takes willingness, and willingness takes surrender, and surrender takes trust. Trust that my life is not my own, and that I have been bought with a price. It’s a deep belief that He can use the resources, and giftings in our lives {which have been given to us by Him in the first place!}, if we let Him have His way to do “…far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen!

 We are never too old… or too young, to set another goal or dream a new dream…even in September!

“Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.”

Psalm 25:4-5 {NASB}

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