Psalm 131 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.
I believe in setting goals and planning especially as we approach a New Year. People often set goals, make resolutions, and develop plans for the upcoming year and all of that is well and good because “nothing just happens.” It’s not a question of whether we will or will not make plans. Not to plan is a plan in itself. Things do “just happen” but unfortunately they may not be to our good. Failure to plan adds to plans to fail. We will affect the future at random or by chance or we can affect it on purpose, but we will affect it. Planning isn’t an attempt to control the future but rather to plan toward the future we believe God would have us live.
Our plans, though, need connected to God and as a response of humility before Him lest we attempt things too high for ourselves that God never intended. Yes, of course we can shoot too low but more often than not our emotions get us all juiced up and we end up self engineering our own dreams that lead to disappointments we manufactured. Why not start the year out asking the Lord what He’d have us to do or what does He have planned for us and then do just that? Success is doing all that He planned and purposed for us to do.