Earlier this last year, I wrote this blog post about setting “new frontier” goals and challenging yourself to achieve them. As the year came to an end, I started to think over how my 2016 went and a sunken feeling overwhelmed me. Why? Well, because I did not achieve my “new frontier” goals. Not realizing that although I did not achieve what I considered “big goals”, 2016 was a great year due to several “little” (in my unwise opinion) milestones that I was blessed to attain.
One thing I failed to realize when I wrote that post was that I was inattentive to an important element in setting and reaching your goals: The God Factor. Not that I relied completely on myself (well maybe sometimes) to make things happen, but I believe I could have been more inquisitive to find out what God had planned for me in 2016.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Isaiah 55:8
This year, I began to truly understand the meaning of the phrase “by God’s grace”. If God does not allow something to happen, it can never happen. Now, looking back on the year 2016 with a different lens, I have to admit that what I considered “little milestones” are actually kind of a big deal 🙂 For God to make it happen, it must be pretty important right?
That being said, I decided to take a different approach with my 2017 planning by asking the Author of my life what I should plan for in 2017. And guess what? He already started giving me some things to work on!
This is to encourage you if you feel like 2016 did not turn out like you planned; have you thought about the “little” milestones you were blessed to achieve? Count your blessings and remember: when there is life, there is hope!
Remain Unapologetically different,
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