Do you ever have a thought . . a hopeless thought. It rattles around in your head for a while. Then there’s that moment – the moment you say it out loud. And in that moment, it becomes a little more real. In that moment you either let that hopeless thought dash your dreams OR you decide that you won’t let it dash your dreams.
I was there not long ago.
We’ve been on our Dave Ramsey baby step journey for a while now. And I had made a goal. A goal to pay off our house by a certain date. It was a goal for awhile. But then, I started looking at our mistakes. We had made some not-so-great decisions. They weren’t “Bad” decisions. But they weren’t good either. So it didn’t look like we would meet that goal. I just didn’t see it happening. I was losing hope. Then I said it out loud to the hubster. And I lost hope even more saying it out loud. We had messed up. We would still hit the goal, but not in the time frame. I just didn’t see how it would work.
Then . . . THEN . . I heard something. Do you ever hear God? I mean, it wasn’t audible. But it wasn’t my thoughts that just popped in to my head that were contrary to everything I had been thinking and feeling! I had lost hope because I was planning just on what I could do myself. What about God? Have you ever heard that saying – Pray like it all depends on God and work like it all depends on you? I love that saying. I had left God out of the equation!
Yes, we had screwed up a little and gotten off our plan. But, our mistakes don’t limit God! Like, ever. That never happens. Our mistakes never, NEVER limit God.
And even another goal, one with a much closer timeline, I was planning on one way and only one way to make it happen. And then there was that same God-inspired thought, what if we did without relying on our current plan? Well the answer is simple, WE can’t. But God can.
Do you ever feel your hope rising? I do.
Tonight I am thankful that we are not alone in this world. I am thankful that God’s hope is so much more bigger and so much more full of grace than my hope ever could be. I am so very thankful that God’s goals are so much more bigger and so much more full of grace than my goals ever could be!