“…as a child of God, when you sin you do not spiritually die, but you are separated from the Lord. You cannot be knowingly disobedient to Jesus and experience fellowship with Him.“ Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Many people, Christian and non-Christian alike, follow an annual ritual of beginning each year planning how they wish to invest their time, energy, and resources. Such planning is wise, however, only if you do not make goals and objectives that require the performance of others to accomplish. When you establish goals requiring the involvement of others to fulfill, you almost always end manipulating them while developing illegitimate expectations. For example, you wish to instill a greater spiritual depth in your family, so you have as your goal that the family will sit around the table after the evening meal to hear Scripture read. The family feels captive and resents the time. In your endeavor to addict them to the Faith, you run the risk of inoculating them.
In the marketplace you may establish goals requiring the performance of others, but there you enter into a contractual arrangement with your employees; you agree to pay them so much money for their time and talent. Such goal setting is legitimate, simply because it is contractual; they agree before the fact that they want to invest in accomplishing your goals.
Without that mutual agreement, your planning can easily become counter¬ productive. Set goals for yourself, but be careful not to make their accomplishment contingent upon the performance of others.
2 Kings 1-3 Luke 24:1-35 (New King James Version)
2 Kings 1-3
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