Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

So often in our lives, things don’t go as planned. We set goals for ourselves, come up with a plan of attack, and then think things are going to fall right into place. Just like that.

But that’s not how life usually works, is it?

Sometimes no progress is made and we get stuck in a rut. We begin to question our plan. Our goal. Surely if it was meant to be, it would happen just like we expect, right?


If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far in this crazy ride we call life, it’s the fact that we really have very little control over our own lives. Things come up that we don’t expect. We get thrown curveballs that we never saw coming. We hit speed bumps and roadblocks. Sometimes one after another. We begin to feel defeated. And that is exactly what the devil wants…

But what God wants, is for us to realize that His plans are better than our own. His ways are better than our ways. It’s not that we won’t reach our goal, but it’s going to happen on His terms and in His perfect timing. And really, should we want it any other way? Who are we to say what is best, really? Are we greater than He is? No, of course not.

So we need to learn not only to accept this fact, but embrace it. There is great freedom and release when we surrender our will to Him. Let go, and let God. I really feel that the sooner we do this, the easier things become and the quicker we will reach our goals.

When things don’t go as planned, don’t despair. God is working things out for you. It may not be the way you expected, but it just makes the journey that much more interesting. And when we do reach our goals, we can look back and praise Him for how He worked it out. Things may not be clear now, but one day, they will be. Remember, hind sight is always 20/20.

Lord, when things in my life don’t go as planned, I pray that I remember that things are not in my power, but Yours. Help me to have patience and trust that You are working everything out in my favor. Thank You for all You do in my life. Amen.

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