As you start this week, you have a very foundational decision to make. On this one decision, the rest will rise or fall. It is not a tactical decision about what you should or should not do. Instead it is a relational decision. It is a decision of orientation.
Solomon spoke of this in his third Proverb. As he sets the stage for how someone should live their life, he states clearly “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Solomon goes on to talk about how we should not be wise in our own eyes but we should focus on God. He is challenging his charge to reorient life around the God of the Universe rather than around his own strength, skills or ideas.
We need this same reminder as we begin another week. We need to orient our lives God and His agenda and trust Him to guide the activities of the week. That decision does not mean we do not plan or be intentional in our work.
Our decision to trust means that all of our plans and intentional actions flow out of waiting expectantly on God and depending wholly on Him. Our pastor said it this way in this weekend’s service, “It is always a bad idea to try and do God’s work for him.”
When we design our plans and rely on our strength, we do the work that only God can do well. We take His job and do a poor job of it!
Why is it so hard for us to hold off on the action and let God lead in our lives? Part of it is that letting others lead is seen as laziness. We look like we are without initiative or drive. Another reason this is a challenge is that when we don’t make the plan, we don’t always get our way.
But what does it look like to make the first decision of our week to trust God with our efforts? I’m not very good at it, but I’m committed to learning as I serve through GMI. So here is a real-life example:
We are going to be hosting an event and we have sent out an initial invitation to gauge interest. Tomorrow we need to send out a full invitation but I am still not sure whether we will have enough people to attend. My natural response is to push through and force the event to work. I have done that many times in the past. This time, I’m going to take a different tact.
- I have been praying with the coordinator and asking God to show us the right direction for this event.
- I am going to write two emails before we make the decision – one announcing the event with all the details and the other modifying the event.
- When I have my meeting in the morning to plan our next steps, I’m going to come to the meeting having prayed asking God to direct our plans and show us His will through the details, pricing, participation and personal input of those planning it.
- I am going to listen to my team and to God more than I am going to talk myself.
So will you decide to trust as you start the week? Will you make trusting God your first decision rather than an add-on? If so, how? Share your plans very practically here and ask the GMI community for prayer as you seek to make this important decisions!