Three Ways to Follow God’s Plan for Your Work
My feet have barely hit the floor and I begin to feel the pull of my often lengthy to-do list. Appointments to keep. Deadlines to meet. Phone calls to make.
Some days, I feel like a hamster on a wheel. Moving frantically, but not really getting anywhere. Other times, I’m making progress in my work life, but feeling like life at home is falling apart. Or vice versa.
It’s not how God intended us to live.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we were “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)
God has a plan for our lives, moms. And that plan is accomplished in the choices we make day by day and moment by moment.
His plan would never drive us to be frantic or neglect our families. His plan is perfect. He assures us that His “yoke is easy” and His “burden is light.” (Matt. 11:30)
And that’s the plan I want to follow, don’t you? It’s the one that leads to the peace and purpose we crave.
So, how do we live and work with God-driven intention instead of me-driven insanity?
Here are three things that I’m finding valuable as I pursue God’s plan for me:
1. Start the day with His Word. Once the alarm goes off, the pull to “go” and “do” for me is incredibly strong. I can easily be off and running – in all the wrong directions! I have always tried to spend time with God in the morning. Sometimes that’s been fairly easy to do. Other times, it’s seemed nearly impossible.
The best method I’ve found for making it happen regularly is to get up 15 minutes before the rest of the family. For me, this habit has made all the difference. It allows me to read Scripture and to center my heart and my mind on Him — before two teenagers get moving and life gets crazy.
In Jennie Allen’s awesome study, Stuck: The Places We Get Stuck & The God Who Sets Us Free, she says it this way: “How do we hear the voice of God? The clearest way is through Scripture. We have to know and understand God and His truth before we can interpret any mysterious leading from His Spirit.”
2. Keep the conversation flowing. Talk to God throughout the day. Tell him your concerns, ask for His leading – even in the smallest things. Making this a habit takes some time. But I’ve found that I’m so much more productive and effective when I invite Him into every aspect of my day.
I’m better able to recognize His leading and can sense when I need to use caution or go in another direction. God is not a God of confusion and when we’re sincerely seeking His guidance – instead of simply asking Him to bless our efforts – He is faithful to show us His will.
3. Obey His leading. This one can be tough! It may mean giving up our ideas and plans. He may call us to do things that don’t make sense to us or make us uncomfortable or scared.
As I’ve followed God’s call on my work and ministry, I’ve been stretched, terrified and bewildered – sometimes all at once! He’s led me to do things I didn’t think I possibly could and directed me to hold back on opportunities I desperately wanted, but weren’t in His timing or plan.
I’ve never regretted obeying God, even when it was incredibly difficult. But I can say without hesitation that I’ve paid a price when I’ve insisted on doing things my own way. And often my family has, too.
Moms, we don’t want to miss the works God created us to do because we’re distracted, overcommitted or determined to do it our own way.
If we allow Him to lead our paths, He rarely takes us where we expect. But we can always trust that He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21