Expect the Unexpected


We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT

At the end of every year I evaluate my progress toward my goals for the current year, then I write a list of new goals for the coming year. This is my annual practice. So, this past December I wrote down the following goals:

  • Maximize weekly check-ins with my daughter

  • Complete Baby Step #1 from Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

  • Publish my book

  • Post monthly blogs

  • Host annual writer’s retreat

  • Read one book per month

My “plan” for 2018 was to FULLY focus on the strategies and instructions that God gave me for business and ministry. When I became an empty-nester last year, I knew I’d have a lot more time on my hands. I started the year by mapping out my goals by quarter. Then I created a weekly to-do list that included every project in hour slots, six days of the week. As a person who balances a full-time job, volunteer activities, and two businesses, there is nothing more important than prioritizing my time. This is why avoiding distractions as I shared last month is a MUST!

My plans were activated the first week of the year along with our annual church fast, and I was feeling good! 2018 was all set to be the year of EXPLOSION for me. I could just sense it in my spirit. Then I received a call at work that nearly rocked my world. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing on the other end of the line. This wasn’t the explosion I was looking for Jesus!

The next several days my emotions were ALL over the place. I started to doubt myself. I started to doubt my purpose. Then I came to myself. For many years I allowed the weight of my circumstances to pause my dreams and to dull my voice. I allowed guilt and shame to dictate my actions and to determine the credibility of my contribution. Those days are long gone.

When the unexpected happens to you, what will you do about it? Will you shrink back because you’re tired and you have no fight left in you? Or will you push past the pain because you recognize that the calling on your life is more important that the temporary disappointment?

Your purpose is not about you. Pushing past the pain is really about setting your life on a course that will light a fire in the people you encounter. Don’t be surprised when the unexpected happens. It exists to develop your character and to fully equip you for your assignment.

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