STARTING THE YEAR HUMBLY

 

starting the year humbly

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.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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