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Goal for 2015: Make Hay While the Sun Shines

January 4, 2015
Galen Thompson

I made a solemn resolution this past month with an eye to my future: "I will not go and I will not do!"

What?! Are you serious?!

Really! I fill too many of my days (years) with going and doing; not on evil agendas - I've dedicated my existence for betterment - but on the general good. So why then would I resolve to no longer go or do? Is not going and doing good? Does not Solomon teach, "The one who is lazy becomes poor, but the one who works diligently becomes wealthy" (Proverbs 10:4 NET)?

Please understand, I have not resolved to be lazy nor have I forsaken diligence; quite the contrary! Ambitious busyness for general good is not good enough. I will no longer "go" but will rather "come." I will come in response to God's bidding, regardless of who else bids me from where else in the world. I will no longer "do" but be "directed." I will not present my plan, goals and agenda (going and doing) to God for approval; instead I will come to Him and be directed. Only in such diligence can I make the most of my life. (Oh! For the record, I will seek wealth! "Wealth" is not the accumulation of things, but the lack of "want" - a satisfaction or contentment with God's plans, agenda and goals. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you" -Matthew 6:33 KJV. Wow!)

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I find it is easier to be busy going and doing, for there is plenty to do! However, going and doing, even for general good, doesn't mean that it is God-directed and productive - and often is not. In fact, going and doing might possibly find itself in Solomon's category of "lazy." It takes far more due diligence to live a relationship with God wherein I readily hear, "Come."

Solomon's next words were, "Make hay while the sun shines—that’s smart; go fishing during harvest—that’s stupid" (Proverbs 10:5 MSG). Some uses of our time are smart and others are stupid. I contend that the smartest use of my time is simple obedience to God's directives. In order to accomplish that, I must cease from busyness and focus on relationship: hearing His voice, lest I sleep during the harvest and bring shame upon myself!

The one who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son, but the one who sleeps during the harvest is a son who brings shame to himself. (Proverbs 10:5 NET)

What I need is an authentic, authoritative directive from the Lord. Vision! He alone truly knows the times and the seasons. His directive may not seem timely or may not be what I might choose or want, but if it is authentic - and hence authoritative - it will be right regardless of seasons, circumstances, or perceived relevance. God does not expect me to determine how to adapt His Word to my situation. Instead, He expects me to adapt myself to His directives. God does not expect me to interpret His call in light of my timing, gifts, intellect and creativity, but He admonished me “to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans 8:29). He expects, and I desire, willing submission in the Spirit of Christ Himself, who said, “I delight to do Thy will, O my God” (Psalm 40:8, nasb).

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I am not disallowing plans, goals and agendas! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a proponent of planning. But what greater joy can one have than knowing they have the privilege of bringing to reality God's agenda through the disciplines of obedience to God's plan, agenda and goals.

With that in mind, here are some ManUp Musings to ponder:

  • Prayerlessness leaves us visionless and often evidences itself in aimless busyness. What is your vision as a husband/father/leader? What will you do about it in 2015?
  • Lack of clear cut goals: failure to focus attention and efforts in a single direction. Let that direction be God-directed. Write it down.
  • Jesus did not live in a perpetual state of crisis (fire-fighting) or according to other's dictates because He had too progressive of a plan (a greater plan) to follow.
  • If you have an authentic, authoritative directive from the Lord, do not vacillate or be immobilized by indecision.
  • Drifting: failure to keep goals in mind and keep them priority. Give yourself a deadline and stick to it. Then give yourself a reward.
  • Spreading yourself too thin: failure to focus on God-directed goals.
  • Acquiescing: the inability to say no... Pleasing others and lack of self-discipline, timidity, guilt. Politely but firmly refuse requests that don't fit your God-directives. Includes saying no to self.
  • Perfectionism: unrealistic expectations. Intimidated by God's goals and thinking YOU have to accomplish them. God's plans are always bigger than your abilities. Learn to strive for excellence, not perfection. Set realistic, not idealistic goals. Live by faith. Involve others.
  • Prioritize time for God and meditating on God's Word. Often the situations that we handle throughout the day are mishandled because our perspective is not correct. A mishandled situation can cause us to have to redo a task or make an apology. Seeking God's wisdom will insure greater productivity.


In 2015...

Make hay while the sun shines!

Come! Don't go!

Be directed! Don't do!

Be smart, not stupid!

This requires diligent prayer and laser-beam focus. Accept nothing less in 2015.


Galen




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