New Year's Dreams

Written by ryan on
New Year's 2017

I'm a a goal-setter.  I'm a planner.  If I want something bad enough, I'll use every resource available to make that happen.  Can you relate?  Maybe you're a dreamer.  Or, maybe a visionary.  Either way, we've all got some room to grow when it comes to letting God lead us.

This shows up in big ways as we start Earth's newest trip around the sun and enter the turning of the year.  Oh, the possibilities!  Oh, what opportunities!  We see the blank canvas and are filled with hopes and aspirations.  We can't wait to step into the next chapter, but, we must be careful not to assume full authorship of the story.

I'd love to gently remind us all - dreamers and planners alike - of the same truths offered in Proverbs and James: we can make plans, but God's story is supreme.  It's not that our participation doesn't matter.  It's not that we can't determine our own destiny.  It's just that we've forgotten that the Maker of time and life is still present and active through it all.

What does this have to do with leading worship?  Well, how do we approach planning our services?  Do we decide minute-by-minute what will happen or do we exercise openness to the Holy Spirit's intervention?  More on this in my next post.

For now, let's enter the new year with hopes, dreams, plans, and goals in tact.  But with all of that in mind, let's submit to the One who created our stories, has seen our stories to completion, and walks with us step by step.

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Entering my 67th turn of the earth I have learned that I can set the goals but as it says in John 15 "Apart from me you can do no good thing. A goal for personal worship is to quietly sit before God with our hearts and goals laid bare an ask The Spirit what is His agenda is for me and then try to see interruptions to my plans as an opportunity The Spirit is giving me to touch others or grow my character. I need the Spirit to lead me in the dance of each new day.  After all these years why do I still take the reigns so often and try to lead. I am indeed prone to wander but want my heart sealed for the courts above. 

ESV — Psalm 63

​​ Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63  O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is  I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,

beholding your power and glory.

3  Because your steadfast love is better than life,

my lips will praise you.

This Psalm goes on to talk about clinging to God and over and over praising him with joy. I want this to be at the top of my to do list each day in 2017 as we walk into many situations in our world and country that appear to be a dry and weary place where there is no water. I want to sing and cling.