Making Things Happen | The Mid-Week Memo | March 13, 2024

In the Jesus Calling Daily that arrives in my inbox each morning here’s what it said today. “Waiting patiently does not come easily to you, but it is nonetheless very good for you. You long to plan ahead, make definitive decisions, and make things happen. There is a time for that, but this is not the time. Now is a time for sitting in My Presence, trusting Me with your whole being.” (From Jesus Listens by Sarah Young)

Was that God speaking? I’m sure of it.

I’m convinced that being an only child carries with it plenty of benefits but a plethora of downside risks. One of them is having control issues. I’ve been a planner and checklist guy for my entire life. I know how to get stuff done and will persist until the sun goes down if my list isn’t complete. I consider that a benefit, others may think it’s annoying. My businesses and employers benefited but there were far too many times that my family didn’t.

I’ve changed my perspective on the importance of having a 5-year plan, and a 1-year plan and breaking that plan down into quarters, months, weeks, and days. I’m working hard on cooperating with God to seek his wisdom on what that should entail. Colleen is a more in-the-moment type and it didn’t change how successful her career in the marketplace was. She just had three people to keep her calendar and priorities straight. I have three to rely on as well. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Yet, there are times when I still don’t rely on anyone but myself to make things happen.

That’s why God had to remind me to slow down and sit in his presence, trusting him with my whole being. My plan, making definitive decisions, and seeking measurable results is not the primary thing. It’s seeking God in all things and letting him make things happen.

Yes, there’s plenty to do, time is short, and my mission is certain. But God’s timing is perfect and has been since the beginning of time. Join me in seeking his Kingdom first and allowing all of what he has in store to be added to you, one day at a time.

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!—Isaiah 30:18

And that’s the mid-week memo.




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