Proverbs 24:27 Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.
Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.
I've been a little overwhelmed with all that I have going on in my life. So, as I was tread-milling this morning I was talking with the Lord about my dilemma and He brought to mind some scriptures about creating a plan for success. Success does not automatically happen; it takes planning and executing....work! But, praise the Lord, nothing is impossible with God! When we consult Him He will give us a plan that will work! Then we must do our part in working the plan.
So, looking into God's word for direction, I see in this Proverbs scripture that some things need to be done first and then you can proceed on to the others. He refers to the “lazy” man here and I do not want to be counted in that category. I plan to be a person of integrity, full of God's wisdom and ready to meet the challenges of the future. With that said, I will make some changes in my daily schedule so I can meet all of my obligations and take care of my own physical being as well. Sometimes you just need an attitude adjustment! You need to “tweak” your plan in order to get everything done. Thank You, Lord, for showing me how to correct the things in my life that have been hindering my progress.
I have always been a person who operated best on a schedule; up early in the morning with every minute of my free time scheduled. I knew what I was doing and exactly when it would be done. But my life totally changed when I found myself suddenly unemployed, newly married in a different environment and with so many hours of my day to fill but wondering what direction I was to take. I was used to my life being filled with a full-time job and church ministry involvements and I had every hour of every day scheduled. But you know, the seasons of life change and with each new season comes new adjustments. Now, my life has filled up again, but somewhere along the way I lost the structure needed to get it all done in the proper manner and time. I need to go back and pick up some of those time management skills that I had a few years ago!
A life with no planning, lived halfheartedly, almost to the point of being lazy will not accomplish the things that you need to do for success. You must create a plan and then work your plan. The lazy man above didn't take care of his vineyard. It was overgrown with thorns; the stone wall around it that kept out intruders was broken down; repairs needed to be made. And he was lying around “not taking care of business” as some would say! The writer of the Proverb said that “he looked on it and received instruction”. He looked at the condition of the lazy man's vineyard and it taught him some things. It taught him that when you manage your life halfheartedly with no plan or structure for success, sleep late and don't take of your property, or those things under your care, everything goes downhill; the end result is not good. In this case the lazy man's property was ruined and didn't produce like it should have with the end result being poverty! One of the keys to success is giving due diligence to what you have; taking care of your property, your life, and making sure that you prepare for the future. My weight increased because I became lax in watching my diet, not exercising as I once did and not staying on top of my life through proper food preparation and choices. I let down my guard and relaxed a little bit too much!
As I prayed about the obligations that I have and the need to improve my physical health, the Lord gave me some instructions to create a plan for success. One of the things He told me to do was to write my daily blogs the day before I want to post them. That will free my mornings to do my devotional, give me more time to get my walking and exercising done and my plan for the day started long before before noon! Then if I want to go somewhere with my husband I will be ready to walk out the door! He's fishing today without me because I didn't have everything done so I could feel comfortable in going with him.
He also had me review my teaching obligations that I do on a regular basis and plan ahead to meet deadlines early so I'm not stressing at the last minute. I'm so glad He understands me and doesn't condemn me for my shortcomings! Thank You, Lord, for helping me to get it all done!
The Lord also stressed the importance of goals. When I was under such a strict time frame to complete the courses that I needed for my Certificate in Christian Counseling, my instructor gave me a certain time frame in which every course needed to be completed in order to meet the deadline. I focused on those goals and was able to complete the courses two weeks early. I am still working on finishing my bachelor's degree but without the strict goals that I had before. I need to implement some new goals to finish in a reasonable time.
What about you? Have you found yourself overwhelmed by life? Maybe it could be that you're like me, just needing to make a few “tweaks” in your lifestyle!
Father, I thank You for always being there to help me make the necessary changes to my life. I know that You will give me the direction I need for successful living. Thank You for sharing with me what needs to change in order to get everything in my life done properly. Please help me to stay on schedule; to make my plan and then work it. I need Your help, Lord! I can't do this without You. I pray for my Spark Friends today that may be feeling the same way as me. Lord, please show them how to create their own plan for success and then how to work the plan to see that success manifested in their lives. Thank You for not leaving us to do this on our own, but for showing us Your way to get it all done! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.