When what you are doing seems like the right thing to do but doesn’t produce any fruit should you continue? When what you are doing helps others more than it helps yourself and possibly to your own detriment, do you keep on doing it? What’s next? How do you turn it around? You don’t like it when it happens and definitely don’t want this to happen again. Do you have an advocate? Do you have someone you can trust? Do you have anyone who is on your side? Put it behind you and focus on the future. No looking back, just going forward. Looking forward keeps the line straight and the plow going where it is supposed to. Looking back will create a
17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!” … 26 But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.
Consider what is said in Luke:
62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
So now I will put my trust in the Spirit of God and press forward, leaving behind yesterday and what has happened and pressing towards the goal. I will not allow the enemy of my soul to create panic or fear, but will lean on God and trust in Him.
Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to fearless
For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!” God’s Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:15-16 (GNT)
As followers of Christ we are privileged to enjoy a spirit of adoption with the Father, not a spirit of fear. We come to the Father through prayer and dependence as His children.
Seek wisdom. Today I will look to find and get wisdom from those in authority over me. Today I will trust in God and allow Him to guide my steps so that I won’t trip up but will fly like on eagles wings so that in all that I do He will be glorified.
Strategic vs. Tactical…
- Objectives rather than tasks
- “A strategy is something that, if you pursue it, other avenues are foreclosed. Many different tactics, on the other hand, could be used in the pursuit of a particular strategy.” – Brad Rourke
- A strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a specific goal. Strategy is all about gaining (or being prepared to gain) a position of advantage over adversaries or best exploiting emerging possibilities. As there is always an element of uncertainty about future, strategy is more about a set of options (“strategic choices”) than a fixed plan. It derives from the Greek “στρατηγία” (strategia), “office of general, command, generalship”.
- “Two levels of problem solving. Strategy is a broad plan of action; tactics are the means for carrying out strategy.” – dictionary
- Strategy is how to achieve an objective, goal (or even a mission). It is a thoughtfully constructed plan or method or action that will be employed to achieve the result. … you move from being more of a “doer” (execution, tactics) to being more of a “thinker” (developing strategies to achieve objectives and solve problems). – aef
- A strategy is an idea… A conceptualization of how the goal could be achieved. Like “Divide and Conquer.” … A tactic is an action you take to execute the strategy. — John Furgurson
So look over the vision documents. Look over the planning memos. Review the goals. Become a thinker about them and then drive finding someone to do the execution. Is that right? Is that what they really want? Consider it, chew on it a bit, and validate it with those with whom you have relationships and trust.
The past is gone. My trust is in God so I don’t need to be discouraged, I just need to pick up my head and get ready to go. Don’t be sad, let the past be behind me and press forward in the newness of today. Don’t let the world rob your joy, rather put your hope in God and lift Him up in praise and worship. God knows what you are going through and made it quite obvious by the playlist He put onto the local radio station.
Playlist for the ride home:
- We Are Free – Aaron Shust
- I Will Lift my Eyes – Bebo Norman
- Healing Begins – Tenth Avenue North
- 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redmond
- Strong Enough – Matthew West
- What Faith Can Do – Kutless
- Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Casting Crowns
- Walk By Faith – Jeremy Camp
- Come to Me – Jamie Grace
- You are Everything – Matthew West
God’s Word is alive and speaks right into my very situation. Today it speaks to me:
5 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and6 my God!
Yesterday was my day. It ended with what felt like a bomb landing on me. God knew in advance and prepared even the song list for me on the way home so that I could see that this wasn’t the end, just the beginning of something bigger and better. God’s Word this morning even came to encourage me and remind me of God’s love for me.
People experiencing tragedy often go through stages of emotional expressions of sobbing and hysteria. These may come and go when least expected. Confusion, disorientation and fear are also common. Depression and waves of overwhelming feelings are experienced by many. In times like these, I believe it’s wise to look at King David.
It is interesting to me that Joyce would bring up David. David is one guy that I have felt a pull with on many different levels. On one level being able to be crazy and dance for the Lord without a care. On another level just as it relates to my name. David had some really hard times and wasn’t perfect, however, we know that David’s heart was to pursue after God. We even read that David was a man after God’s own heart.
The Bible talks of how King David was feeling depressed but he resisted it. He didn’t sink into it or get into the pit of despair. He described how he felt, but he made a decision not to live by his feelings. He praised and trusted in God.
So today, my decision isn’t to sink into it, and isn’t to let my life be controlled by my feelings. Today, I will hold onto David’s example and make the decision to praise and trust God. I know that even from the last valley I went through, I came out the other side with wisdom and hope that I wouldn’t have had or been able to understand in order to speak hope and life and love into others around me who are going through or dealing with it.
Most of us go through emotionally difficult times when tragic loss occurs. Those who are walking in faith come out of it, and they come out of it better than when they went in.
God’s Word meets us right where we are at. It is alive and amazing. He knew before it even happened and prepared in advance that day 248 of this devotional would speak the words I need to hear.
If you are hurting right now due to a loss in your life, I want to tell you that a new beginning is in front of you. Trust and praise God like David did. What Satan intends for your harm, God can turn around for your good!
So today is
the first day of the rest of my life.
Lord, even when I’m grieving and depressed, I will choose to praise and trust in You. I believe that You can and will make everything work out for my good.
I lift this day up to You and ask Lord that through this coming year that You will grant me wisdom and discernment, courage and faith to press in and press on. I ask Lord that You will allow me to write a story that will bring You such praise and glory that there will be an incredible testimony through this new adventure. It’s just a reset not the end. It’s a new go forward plan that will give me the boldness and the courage to be everything You want me to be. It’s a purpose for me to grow and become more like Jesus who wasn’t into the pleasing people business, but in the changing people business for Your glory Lord. Help me today to walk in Your light and Your truth. Help me to walk in with confidence and boldness that will shock and surprise people and let them know that I am changed because I am walking in complete hope, trust, and faith with you. Lord, the routine is over. Lord, the old is gone and the new has come. Thank You for being right here with me. Thank You for never leaving me nor forsaking me. Thank You for the reality that I can have a living relationship with You because You aren’t just out there somewhere, but right here with me. Lord, as I step out today, may my thoughts be controlled and may my feelings be harnessed to allow that energy to bring You incredible praise, honor, and glory I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.