Day 6 – Plans, Hopes, and Dreams for 2021
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22, ESV).
“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36, ESV).
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4, ESV).
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8, ESV).
“Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6, ESV).
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, ESV).
Oh, the foolish thoughts I had in my youth. I always thought someday would come—that elusive time in life when you’d have endless hours to study the Bible and be on your knees in prayer. As a young kid, I was busy—busy with playing, schoolwork, and friends. I could spend hours riding my bike or playing in the woods with the kids from the neighborhood and with my siblings. At the end of the day, I would quickly fall asleep, worn out from activities that kept me running around all day. Someday, I would have more time for God—and I was sure it would easily happen for me when I was an adult and had a more mature mind.
Then, in my teens, I was in the thick of living, full of hormones, social engagements, and trying to fit in. I wouldn’t deny my faith, but there was plenty to stand in the way of growing my relationship with Christ. Boys, homework, girlfriends, high school, then college all pulled at my heart, taking more of it and leaving less for Jesus. Oh, I loved Him, but man, I also loved this world. I was sure it would be easier to focus on strengthening my faith when I was older and had more time. These are the foolish thoughts of my youth—and how wrong I was.
The truth is, Satan will always whisper lies to us. “This season is busy for you, but you’ll have more time later,” he promises. In reality, we are always busy, but until we make our Christian walk a priority, we will always have excuses. It won’t easily happen with maturity, or gray hair, or even with the responsibilities that come with parenting, knowing we are shaping the minds of our children. It will never easily happen—it will only happen when we make time for it. That means we will have to learn to say “no” to things that take too much of us. It means we will have to walk away from some of the things we really enjoy, if it takes too much of us. We can’t be available for God if we are also available for everyone and everything else.
This is a new year, full of new opportunities. Let’s make it the year we finally say “yes” to God. Let’s make it a year we make ourselves available for Him. Solomon would not have built the temple if he had been too busy. Moses would have not walked through dry land right in the middle of the Red Sea if he had not been available. Paul would not have written many of the letters we enjoy studying and reading if he had not been tuned into the voice of God. The fact that these Bible “greats” made themselves available changed the course of their lives. Without their commitment to furthering their relationship with the Lord, God would have used someone else, and they would have missed the blessing of being used in the way God planned. May I stop making excuses today and make my faith a priority. May I listen to the leading of the Spirit—and may I tune out the distractions that make His voice hard to hear. May this be my year, and your year—the year we finally say “yes” to God.