March can’t be here already! The year just started yesterday, right? Although it feels 2017 just started, we are indeed in the third month of the year. Every time a new year rolls around, we start out with so much momentum and determination. We set goals for the year and have the mindset of this year will be the best one yet. Personally, coming into the new year, my goal was to remain focused and be productive in all areas of my life. So, now it is the month of March and I’ve taken a pause to think. Okay, two months of the year are already gone and the third will be too in the blink of an eye. My reflections of 2017 would show that perhaps I haven’t been so focused. Or maybe I haven’t been as productive as I wanted to be. It leaves me to think, “Could my goals for the year already be out of the window?”
While I haven’t accomplished all I sat out to do for the year, my year hasn’t been so bad and I still have time to turn around the things I am not so pleased with. I have lacked focus and productivity for 2017. Does that mean it’s all over? Not at all. As I sat there thinking of 2017 thus far, Proverbs 3:6 came to me.
“In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:6 KJV
So how do I turn it around? This verse tells me that if I submit my ways to God and allow Him to lead me, the path that is ahead of me will be clear and straight. A main part about this scripture is understanding what it means to “acknowledge Him”. Acknowledging God in all my ways means that I will submit my will to his. This means that in everything I do, I am going to consult Him first because I’ve learned the hard way the results of moving before seeking instructions or permission. This also means that I will crucify flesh (self) every day and not live how I want, but allow God to take the reins. We must remember that God is a gentle god and that he will not force himself into our lives. We have to invite him in. It is essential to the point that we can take our hands off and say, “God it is in your hand.”
The second part of this scripture comes with a promise. It is saying that if we meet the conditions, he will come through for us. Our paths aren’t always so smooth because we want to do things on our own. But this is telling us God will direct our paths meaning lead and guide us on a smooth rode if we just acknowledge Him.
If you feel that your year has not been all that you set for it to be, try shifting your focus and putting God first. We should all make it a point to be God conscious at all times. It is our own responsibility to have a God-first day, every day! That starts with submitting our will to His will and allowing him to direct our paths.