On my last birthday, at the end of November 2013, the Lord began speaking to me about these three words and this scripture from Jeremiah as a focus of 2014, and I have been working to implement these three words into my life.
Here is the scripture and a few thoughts on the words The Lord gave me.:
“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in a safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5 (NIV)
Making things simple might sound easy, but in my experience and opinion simplicity is the hardest things to achieve. It takes incredible forethought to take anything, especially the complicated things in life and make them simple.
“Failure to plan is planning to fail.” Might seem like a cheesy coffee mug slogan but it’s true. In order to get things done and done the right way, you need a plan… FOR EVERYTHING. I’ve always been good about adding structure to projects or tasks I may find myself working on, but I need to be better about solidifying that structure into a format I can adapt to every area of my life as well as communicate to others.
This may be the most important of the three. Part of simplification is knowing what can go away, and then bringing structure to what’s left. I can’t do either if I don’t first prioritize the things in my life. The prioritizing process starts where every process should, and that’s in prayer.
I’m a month and a half into to some of this (simplification) , 7 years into other parts (structure), and listening to God on what’s left. (priority)
What has to Lord spoken to you about 2014?