Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3 NIV)
While listening to internet radio the other day, I heard a very interesting commercial. The advertiser was trying to convince those of us who suffer from ‘Busy Adulthood’ that a certain school’s graduate program was specifically designed for us. As the symptoms were read off, I realized that I have a severe case of ‘Busy Adulthood’. (Brief cases, science projects and school lunches scattered about the counter; ever-growing to-do list on the magnetic whiteboard on the fridge; out the door by 8am and in at 8pm) Yes, my diagnosis could potentially be fatal if left untreated. My ‘Busy Adulthood’ has the power to easily murder my purpose and destiny.
If we take a serious inventory of the people, places and things that we devote our time to, most of us would probably see that we spend entirely too much time pursuing things that are not promoting us to our destinies. I am not talking about things that we have to do, nor am I suggesting that it’s necessary to eradicate every non-essential, fun thing we do from our lives. What I am saying, though, is that each morning God has given us a bank of 24 hours. It is our responsibility to be great stewards over that time and spend it wisely. Perusing Facebook statuses, posting candid photos on Instagram and summing up your every move in 140 characters on Twitter is probably not getting you any closer to the future God promised you. (Unless of course, you are posting pictures because you are an aspiring model!) Being present at every social event may be deemed as supportive, but what is it doing to help you prepare for your dream career? We must honestly ask ourselves is the amount of time that we are spending being busy adults equal to the amount of time that we are spending becoming women of destiny. More important, we must ask if the time that we are dedicating to advancing to our future is proportionate to the future that we believe God has promised us. If you aspire to be a millionaire with your grand business idea, millionaire sacrifices must be made to build your brand.
In the header scripture, Solomon advises us to commit anything that we do to the Lord and then He will establish our plans. What is so profound about that piece of scripture is that God wants us to bring whatever we are doing before Him. He wants to examine it. If it’s not beneficial to our purpose, He has to show us what is. The word ‘establish’ means to institute or set into place. After examining what we are doing with our time, God sets our plans into place. Do you understand what that means? He makes, or establishes, the plans that we need to be executing because He knows which plans are necessary to get to the place where He is taking us.
Before you start making plans about doing this or that or committing to projects that add to your ‘Busy Adulthood’ Syndrome, commit them to the Lord. He knows whether you should spend your time pursuing those interests and He will let you know through the establishing of your plans. Choose to spend your time wisely as you venture towards your destiny. After all, the time deposited today in your time bank expires at 11:59 tonight and it can never be retrieved.
Please forgive me for the times that I was not a good steward over my time. Help me to share my ideas and thoughts with You so that You can establish the plans that will aid me in becoming the woman of destiny that You created me to be. When You show me what is not beneficial to my purpose, help me to remove those things from my routine. I believe that You know precisely what’s best for my life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, at the beginning of the second month of the year, I EMPOWER you to assess where you spend your time. Then assess how close you are to accomplishing your goals and dreams. Next, honestly consider if you are spending enough time promoting your destiny. Lastly, commit what you are doing to the Lord and allow Him to assess your situation and establish your plans! I EMPOWER you to become the WOMAN of DESTINY that you were designed to be!
What things do you need to spend less time pursuing as your spend more time pursuing your destiny?
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.