Welcome to 2015: Pie In the Sky Dreams or Real Goals?

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Wow, can you believe it’s 2015 already?

It seems only a few years ago that we teens of the 60s were dancing to the lyrics of Zager and Evans’ futuristic, pie-in-the-sky song, In the Year 2525. When it released in 1969, it was pure sci-fi, frequently assumed to be the result of a drug-induced bad trip.

But today, as I read their prophetic words of babies coming from test tubes, mind-altering drugs, and technology ruling our lives, I realize the song carried more truth than we ever thought possible. And way ahead of schedule.

But this post isn’t created to generate a discussion about the 60s or the prophetic reality of Evans’ lyrics. Instead, my goal is for us to face the truth and determine our response to this question: Will we look forward to the future with a pie in the sky attitude, dreaming big, then sitting back in our office chairs to watch them come to fruition? Will we make a plan and then whine when things don’t go as planned? Or will we do the work, put in the hours, and take the training needed to see those goals accomplished?

Unmet Goals

I have to admit, for the past few years I’ve backed down from some of my goals. I’ve run into conflicts of time, opportunity, and responsibilities…and sulked in the corner of defeat. I’ve tried and failed and given up, always eager to point to the reasons I didn’t reach that goal–again.

But this year is different. Oh, I still have many responsibilities beyond writing and speaking–responsibilities beyond my control–but this time I’m committed to doing the work, putting in the hours, and taking the training needed to see those goals through. Please understand, that doesn’t mean I’m determining the outcome. After all, only God is in control. But this year, instead of giving up because my schedule was interrupted–again–I’m committing to simply picking up where I left off and moving forward, in whatever time frame God allows.

I’m accepting the fact that I can’t make anything happen. He’s the One in control of day. I’m only in control of my response to it.

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15 NIV

So, would you join me? Would you stand beside me, raise your right hand, announce your goals, and then say, “I’ll do the work, put in the hours, and take the training needed…and then trust His will for my life.”

Lord willing, we will write that book, get that agent, finish that article, and see our goals achieved. But know this: Publication is not the be-all and end-all of writing. It’s only one of the MANY ways God can use us and our words for His glory.

 

 

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  • Beth Fortune

    Okay Vonda, I’m standing with hand raised, and saying with you, “I’ll do the work, put in the hours, and take the training needed…and then trust His will for my life.”
    Thanks for the important reminder!!!!!

    ~Beth

    • Yay, Beth! We all have to encourage and stand by one another, don’t we?

  • Judith Robl

    Wise words and wiser attitude, my friend. I stand with you, holding you – and all of us — in prayer.

    • It’s an honor to stand by you. 🙂 Thank you for your continued prayers for all of us.

  • this post just feels going down into my heart. thank you! xoxoxo

  • Glenda Mills

    I’m with you Vonda! Trusting His timing and enabling and obeying those prompts to write for His Glory,

    • There is such peace in knowing His timing is perfect, isn’t there?

  • Marilyn Nutter

    Thank you Vonda! I sure understand interruptions and in the past three years I’ve had some major ones. I realize that those are God planned, so I rest in that. I look at what I have learned, and am learning, in the interruptions and take that as valuable. Now in 2015, I’m looking toward living out His priorities and the fruit that will come from the interruptions.

    • What a great perspective, Marilyn! We can look back at many times in our lives when our plans were blown to pieces, and then we see how God’s hand was in it, orchestrating every detail from the beginning. Don’t you love it?

  • Standing with you in 2015, Vonda. 🙂

  • Marilyn Turk

    Happy New Year, Vonda! Yes, I can relate and do agree with you. Last year was a year of revelation for me – about how God leads sometimes in directions I didn’t plan and how sometimes my plans must be moved aside to accomplish His plans for me. So this year, instead of being disappointed when my plans don’t work out like I expect, I’ll look for the alternative that God lays before me and follow it obediently and joyfully,

    • You know Marilyn, I recently told someone that of the top three things God has called me to do in my professional/ministry life, two of them were things I did NOT want to do. For a variety of reasons, I fought with God over them, giving Him the detailed list of why I couldn’t/didn’t want to do them. And yet, those have been the very things that have brought me such joy.

      I often think of how different my life would have been if I hadn’t finally relented and obeyed. In both cases, I’m thankful I finally submitted to His will!

  • I’m with you, Vonda! Here’s to pressing on regardless of the interruptions and delays we may face.I know God will honor our efforts, too. Time and again when life has increased its demands on me, I’ve seen God honor the time that I am able to devote to writing. I love how He does that!

    • Yes, God does redeem our time, sometimes when we least expect it and are completely surprised by it. He’s so faithful to complete what He’s called us to do.

  • Ane Mulligan

    I do indeed! I learned early in this journey to trust His timing. So I write and work, I market, etc, but I leave the results to Him.

    • Oh Ane, it took me years to learn that lesson. But now I trust Him, knowing He has a plan for my life, and His plan is better than anything I could come up with!

  • Tammy Whitehurst

    Vonda, this is good stuff! I join you in standing with you and raising sister hands high. To God be the glory!!!! (Tipping my coffee cup at you now.)

    • I love standing beside you, raising hands high…knowing He is in control!