Progress is a Process

"Much, much stress results from your wanting to make things happen before their times have come.  One of the ways I assert my sovereignty is in the timing of events.  If you want to stay close to me and do things my way, ask me to show you the path forward moment by moment.  Instead of dashing headlong toward your goal, let me set the pace.  Slow down and enjoy the journey in my presence"

~ Jesus Calling

With the new year, comes new resolutions.  Well-meaning resolutions.  Unfortunately, I think that the reason why most of them never come to fruition is because they become overwhelming and begin to seem unattainable.  We bight off more than we can chew. 

I think the same can be said for our desire to follow God's will for our lives.  We truly do want to follow his plan for us but the weight of trying to figure out what that plan is and how to follow it PERFECTLY is just too much sometimes.  So, sadly, we just settle for mediocrity.  I've been struggling with this in my own life.  But, as I was reading the above passage in my devotional the other morning a thought process came to mind...  

God does not expect perfection from us, he is looking for progress...and progress is a PROCESS!

What are some things that you feel God calling you to right now or are you seeking His guidance on?  Pray and ask him to show you the path...moment by moment.  

List them out.  Then ask yourself, "What is God revealing to me that He wants me to do RIGHT NOW?"  In other words, "What can I do today/this week that will help me get closer to achieving the goals I am praying over?" 

I have a super cool new planner that I (the Type "A" part of myself) use to keep track of this in order to keep those goals feeling attainable:

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Hope this helps my fellow personality types out there who geek out over lists and bullet points.  Keep calm and get organized!!!

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