Make a List, Check it Twice


“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11

Every year, I make a Christmas list comprised of every person for whom I will purchase a gift. I try to stick to a pre-determined monetary amount, but I will be honest, I rarely stay within the allotted amount.

I carry my list with me for months before Christmas, just in case I come across the perfect gift. I am usually done with Christmas shopping by the beginning of December.

When the shopping is complete, I stack the gifts under the tree and when I get a free evening, I wrap each one. It is such a wonderful feeling to finally be done!

I wish I were just as concerned about "God's list" for my life; carrying His life plan for me in my heart and mind as I live each day. I wish I would make choices and decisions in light of God’s list, guarding it like the treasure map of eternity that it truly is. Just knowing the plan God has for me does not guarantee success. I must do the planning, the checking and the hard work. That is where the choice to obey comes in. An obedient heart is a “fixed” heart and may be the very gift God wants from us this holiday season.

Father, I love You. Forgive me for the times when I choose to follow my own will instead of Yours. Teach me how to fix my heart on You and give me the strength to do what You created me to do. I know Your plan is the highest and best plan for me and that I was created in response to that plan. Thank You for the purpose that doing Your will brings to my life. Today, I choose to seek You and obey Your Word. Amen.
Dec 4 2018