Around this time of year many of us make plans for the year to come. We may make resolutions about the things we are going to do to change ourselves and become better people. We may set goals for the things that we hope to achieve in the year ahead. Some of our plans may be modest and rather easy to attain, while others may map out grand schemes that may inspire them to work harder at what they do. Whatever our goals and resolutions may be, it is good to have the support of friends, family, and, most of all, God.
May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed"
(Psalm 20:4, NIV)
Self-confidence is a good thing. If you don't believe in yourself, then why should others believe in anything you do. Fortunately many of us do have a cheering section rooting us on to success, a support system to help strengthen us when times get tough. But we have a responsibility to our supporters. We must show them our love, our caring, and our interest in them as well. Most of us aren't superstars who have admirers falling at our feet no matter how self-absorbed we may be. And as we have so often seen, even superstars fall and find themselves shamed and even forgotten.
People may forget us or lose respect or move on to new idols to worship. We should beware of setting ourselves up for this kind of failure. People are fickle and weak. That is why we should recognize our number one fan as God, our creator and Father in Heaven. God does not want us to fail. But God wants us to succeed in the right ways. Recognize God and give him credit. Depend on him and give your plans to him. Remember God and listen to his counsel. If your plans, dreams, goals, and resolutions are in keeping with what God wants for you, then you have a supporter who will never abandon you and a strength that will ultimately provide you a success far greater than any earthly success.
... but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)