Every year in December, like most people, I look back on the year and take stock of how I lived. To be completely honest, 2014 was not the greatest. And that is completely my own fault.
When I look back on 2014 I see a journey being fought more than enjoyed. Yes, there was lots of joy and gratitude, but those moments were fought for more often than experienced.
Can you relate to that? Have you ever felt like you need to manipulate yourself or others to create joy? Too often I start the process of willing myself to be joyful and happy, completely forgetting that the ultimate comfort and peace comes when I lay down my struggles and accept the things I cannot change.
How would you describe your journey is 2014? Was it a dramatic fight to finish or a sweet, leisurely stroll with the Lord?
If it was a fight, what stopped you from trusting God and enjoying the ride? Because when we come right down to it, the fight starts where our trust in God stops. That is when drama creeps in and takes over, distracting us from what is really important.
For my part, I took Spirit-triggered leaps into unknown territory this year that simultaneously triggered my fear. As I became distracted by unfinished goals I found it increasingly difficult to accept where God was leading, or rather where He wasn’t leading. I wanted to leap forward when He started slowing me down.
The truth is, while my goal completion rate is dissatisfying to me, it is perfect to God’s plan. My biggest take away from 2014 is this: focusing on my own desires, my own plan, and my own time table only brings my own disappointment. This is the whole reason we were meant to live surrendered.
When I focus on so much of “my own” things, there’s not much room for God to work.
This is not what God wants for my life – or your life! His timing is perfect. The journey is surprisingly smooth when we give God room to set the pace and direction of our steps. Therefore, we will experience joy organically when we learn to accept His plan, surrender, and roll with His flow. You get that? Don’t just slow your roll, surrender your roll.
Surrender. This is what I want to bring my awareness in 2015. How will I do this? By asking for His help and continuing in prayer and meditation to focus on the idea of surrender. Complete and total surrender.
What are you fighting? Where are you creating drama in your journey?
Will you join me in ditching the fight? Will you surrender your goals and timing in favor of accepting God’s perfect plan for you? What do you need to surrender to start accepting His plan today?
Here is my prayer for surrender:
I thank You for Your good and perfect plan. Thank You for caring about my journey enough to close the doors that need to be closed and opening the doors that need to be opened so that I may live to the fullest in peace with Your will. At times it can seem like You have forgotten about me, but I know that is never the case. I know Your timing stretches my faith so when Your glory shines in the resolution my faith will be renewed stronger. I stand in awe of Your wisdom and love and trust in You.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
|Ginny Priz is a Christian coach, writer and speaker. Ginny has overcome her own drama with a birth defect, alcohol, panic disorder, and codependency. She has a passion for guiding others toward the same peace and freedom she has come to experience. Ditching drama is possible for anyone “armed” with God and the Serenity Prayer! It’s never too late to start your own Serenity Journey.|