The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9
This verse has been talking to me lately. I know there are many nuggets of wisdom in the Book of Proverbs, but to me it seems like a list of things I am supposed to do in order to obey and be pleasing to God. Many of these verses make me feel like a Christian failure, but this verse is different ~ it gives me strength.
Many of us, especially teachers, set goals. Some are long-term and some are short-term. Most goals revolve around some type of achievement. We want to lose weight, or exercise this many times a week, or save this much money. Most goals have a point of destination, a place to end. In a sense, our desire to achieve these goals gets us going and allows us to take action.
But I think God calls us for a bigger goal or a mission. My spiritual journey is a mission; it is an action. I have no point of destination, only a focus ~ to grow closer to God and live my faith the way He wants me to. (Takes me right back to Proverbs!) It is only through action, as simple as a prayer for help, that God can guide us. I can't sit idly and wait on Him. I must create a plan and let Him guide me along the way.