Your Plan This Year!

How often do we find that the plans we make are changed by other circumstances? A crisis or challenge comes up and now we are doing something we hadn’t planned. Sometimes these changes are of our own doing, and sometimes they are not.

This morning, I heard our new puppy up (a rescue) and decided to get up and give Caitie a break (he has been staying with her since she has been back on winter break). I really would have liked to stay in bed, but I was awake and figured she could use a break.

The puppy went outside to go to the bathroom, and upon seeing the fresh snowfall, got very distracted, making our quick bathroom break longer than expected. I enjoyed watching him play in the snow, but it was a bit cold outside and I was not really dressed for it.


Sometimes the adjustments to our schedule are brief (like my extended time outside with the puppy), but other times they can take us from the things that we have been called to do. As we begin our reading through the New Testament this year, we have begun with the book of Mark (feel free to join in with us – we just started).

As I read this year from the Maxwell Leadership Bible, there is a great point made in Mark 1 regarding Jesus and others trying to dictate their plans on Him. People came and were bringing to Jesus their sick and possessed, and Jesus healed many.

But then it says that Jesus went to a solitary place to pray. I have often looked at this passage and recognized the need to be doing the same. If Jesus had to get away and be alone with God, then how much more should I?

But notice how the people find him, no doubt looking for him to continue performing miracles, and probably hoping He will set up shop there.

But Jesus knows that the calling on His life is bigger.

“Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’”

Mark 1:38 NIV

Questions moving forward…

Have we sought to determine what God has planned for us? And have we allowed things (from ourselves or others) to distract us from the calling God has on our lives? Let’s make sure that we are getting away and spending time with Jesus so that we can stay on His plan this year.

Lord, I know that Your plans for me are far greater than anything I could plan for myself. I also know that, if I’m not careful, I can be easily distracted and pulled off course. Lord, help me to spend adequate time with You, so that You can keep me on course. This year, may my focus be on Your plan for my life. Not just for the first couple of weeks of the year, but throughout the year. In Jesus’ name I pray…

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