Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Perfect Year and Beyond

I listened to a conference call last night that didn't sit quite right with me. The speaker was good and the interviewer did a great job. The subject matter, “The Perfect Year and Beyond” caught my attention and had prompted me to register for this tele-class. So what was the problem, you ask? Human arrogance, of which I am sure I have been guilty many times. It was the over-riding premise that “you can have whatever you want by cooperating with the laws of the universe.” No mention anywhere, anytime during the hour-long presentation of the Author of the laws. We can sound like small children demanding candy when we make demands of life. We often lack an understanding of “the big picture” and what is best for us. (I would say usually lack understanding in my case!) Yes indeedy, I do believe in positive thinking, since God himself said “Whatsoever a man thinketh in is heart, so is he.” And I know there is power in our words, so we need to speak about what we want, not what we don’t want. And I most certainly believe in staying focused on what we are grateful for. The speaker taught on the importance of keeping a gratitude journal. I think that’s important too! But I also believe we need to honor the One to whom we are grateful to. I call Him Abba Father, Papa God, Jesus, Counselor. .. and the list goes on. To leave God out of all this positive thinking seems downright arrogant or ignorant to me, or both! God authored personal development and He brings forth the process like no human ever can or will. I know when I speak in a corporate environment, I can’t get all preachy. However, I don’t want to come across as arrogant and ignorant either. The tele-conference last night was worthwhile and I learned some very important principles. They just weren’t on the regularly scheduled program. Proverbs 1:7 leads me to believe that the definition of a fool is someone who does not reverence God. I don’t want to be a fool, at work, at play or at anytime at all.
What a joy to know that this year and beyond is destined to be better than I could think and exceeds anything I would ask for, because God has a plan. I will do my part too, but thankfully He’s in charge, not me! We can indeed plan on an amazing year and beyond! Woo Hoo - what a ride!


Anonymous said...

That was a hard lesson for me. When I first graduated I really thought that if I did what was right, everything would go just as it should.


Hard lesson, but oh how freeing when you realize that you are not in control. When you learn to do your best and trust God with the rest. That life is not always fair, but God is still in control.

Merrie said...

Yes, I agree with you completely. God is in charge and His plans far exceed mine! How exciting!
Thanks for stopping by to visit. Yes, I enjoy chocolate. I figure if I can at 80-90% "good" then I can also enjoy some of the "forbidden" things occasionally.

Bev Brandon said...

I really liked what you had to say in this post! It's a great one! Bev