I currently live in a country where the antithesis of planning is survival. Does what I wrote even make sense? What I mean is planning and being organized is not a survival trait in Ukraine therefore, planning something actually goes against accomplishing your goals. If you want to survive, then sometimes you have to work against your goals. That can make life very, very complicated.
Yes, they are important.
I have some. We all should have some.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
How do you deal with setting and achieving goals in a world full of chaos?
You set your goals and you pursue them.
And when you hit the wall you remember:
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” – John 15:4-5 (KJV)
Before I left for Ukraine, I was drawn to this passage as I sat in my parents backyard reading my Bible in +70F sunshiny weather, working on a tan while the hummingbirds fluttered above me. Yes, I digress a little to give you some color in this post. It WAS a bit like a Disney movie.
I like to accomplish things, so I came back to Ukraine very excited and ready to start doing everything that I thought needed to be done. I had goals. I had ministry to accomplish.
And then those plans took a sharp turn in the wrong direction.
I found myself sitting in my warm flat with sub zero weather outside and snow falling outside my windows. I viewed a winter wonderland before my very eyes. (More color for you) I then read these verses again.
As Christians, we need to abide in him.
to act in accord with.
to submit to; agree to
to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep: If you make a promise, abide by it
Better to be steadfast to the one who will always sustain you and never leave your nor forsake you.