Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Philippians 4:6-7 MSG
Many of us will spend the next few days pouring over the endless possibility of goals we could set for the coming year. Some of us will re-hash the goals we set in December 2019 (remember when 2020 was going to be our year of new vision… then 2021…). Some of our lives have changed so much since then that those old goals seem out of touch with reality.
Some will set health goals. Some will set sales goals. Other will set goals relating to hobby’s or side-hustles. Some of us will set goals that allow us to be more present. Others of us will set goals that will keep us distracted.
But at the root of many of our goals is worry: worry about the significance of our lives in the world around us, worry about lack, worry about reputation, or worry about how much we’ve worried.
So we set goals to give us a sense of control. Control we were never meant to have. Control that was always meant to be submitted to the hands of a very capable God whose hands are open wide – waiting for us to surrender control to Him.
This new year, as you prepare your goals, pause and ask yourself what achieving this goal would accomplish in your soul. And is that accomplishment something that God was supposed to fulfill in the first place.
Health goals, sales goals, goals to learn something new, goals to do less – they are all great, but they won’t change your value in the eyes of God. And if you are feeling a value void in your soul, turn to Christ first. Put words to that void and turn those words into prayers. Then, as Paul writes here, ‘Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.’
The identity we find in Him will fill the void. Over time, His healing will come to our wounded past. And whether or not we set or hit those goals, we will have peace in Him that could never have been accomplished in a finished task.
Pastor Cris Buck