Guest post from: Alex Sanfilippo
I have always been a very self motivated person. I always have a lot of goals in life; both short and long term. Having goals is not a bad thing at all. However, my problem used to be that I would set my goals above everything else. The number one priority to me was the things that I wanted. I was willing to push everyone to the side in order to accomplish the plans that I had set for my life.
Years ago, I decided to stop living for myself and start to follow the plans that God has for my life. Since then, I have noticed a change in my wants and desires. Things that I used to want, and have goals set for, no longer seem relevant to me. Isaiah 55:9 says that God’s ways are higher than our ways. Once I really started living for God’s plan instead of my own, I realized the truth in this verse.
I am writing this as someone who was set in their own ways; but is now completely transformed. I had my ways planned, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Once I surrendered to God by letting him guide my steps, those plans changed. Today my life is forever changed; I still have goals that I am motivated to achieve; but now I look at these goals through the filter of God’s word.
The transition to get to this place of transformation was a journey. Changing from living for yourself to following God’s plans isn’t always easy. These are two questions I will find myself asking that have been helpful:
“Is there anything in my life that I am fighting God for control of?”
“Is there something that I am still doing in my own way instead of trusting in Him?”
Today I want to encourage you to start to surrender to God’s plans. His ways are higher than yours, trust the steps that God will lead you to take. The true path to success is achieved by fully surrendering to His ways and dying to your own.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
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