The older I get I feel I have a better understanding on what I don’t want more than what I want. With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to set some new goals. I am pleased to say that maybe only 50% of my goals have been achieved which would be better than 0% if I didn’t set any at all. I have also come to the understanding that some things and people will come into your life that’s not part of the plan and it’s important to be fluid when some things come your way.
Proverbs 16: 9 says we can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. I have to add if we allow it in the first place. Most recently, I had to circumcise some relationships in my life. It is a painful process. Like a band aid that you need to remove quickly than peeling it off gently and slowly. Many years ago, I heard this story. A man saw a dog howling. He asked the owner why the dog was howling and the owner said it was because it was sitting on a nail. The man questioned further why the dog didn’t get off the nail and the owner said because it wasn’t painful enough.
Are you figuratively sitting on a nail? There are tell-tale signs that some things are not going right but we continue anyway because it’s “easy.” It could be a business idea that needs to be dropped, a business partner that just doesn’t seem quite right or a relationship that has all the warning signs of impending trouble no matter how pleasurable it seems now.
Essentialism advocate Greg McKeown believes if we are not 100% sure of something, we should say “no” to it on the premise that doing something half-heartedly now will take us away from bigger, more important things that come down the road.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference – Reinhold Niebuhr