And keep those “blue Mondays” away

Much has been written about making plans for the New Year. There is a day in January called Blue Monday. It’s obviously a myth but like all those mythical sayings some people take it to heart.

Supposedly Blue Monday happens when we don’t fulfill our goals or resolutions. It seems strange to me that it would only be 2 weeks after New Year’s. I don’t think anyone has even started to work through the steps to get to a goal by then.

To me, goal-setting can have a good positive drive to get me in gear.

When I need to get something done and put a deadline on it there is a better chance it will be finished.

I have read a lot of posts about goal setting, about list making and the different ways to do that. I do think this too has its place in helping us with our life’s decisions. Here are some unusual ones.

8 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Beat Down Your 2018 Goals Like a Champion
by Blake Powell

Believe the Outlook for this Year is Bright, If Your Focus is Right
No goals or resolutions required

by Nicole Akers

How To Destroy Goals Instead of Them Destroying You
Two Little Things Anyone Can Do
by Danielle Bernock

I like the way people set long-term goals and short-term goals. Then they make a list of what to do to reach the short-term goals. Then they start to work down the list.

That’s important — to work down the list.

There are many reasons that we may not meet our target — sickness, job situations, family disruptions. But, we can’t fall down when that happens. We may have to put aside those goals or put them on hold for a time — then later pick up where we left off.

Or God could send us in a completely different direction.

Today in my studying of Proverbs I looked at Proverbs 21:3

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Diligent people — people who are hard working and set themselves on the path to success by doing what needs to be done.

Photo by Pixabay

But then it says, “haste leads to poverty”.

So the plans of diligent people are purposeful and slow. 

They are to be thought through.

To me, that means to spend lots of time in prayer, study and listening to God’s answer.

Why? Because that is our ultimate goal in this life — to prepare ourselves to meet Jesus.

Thomas Keating says:

The essential work of every human life is to prepare for union with the ultimate reality.

Preparation also is heard in verse 3.

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.

Proverbs 21:31 Art Journaling — Janis Cox

Be prepared; study; read; write down your plans; work at what you hear God telling you but remember that God has the ultimate rule over what is going to happen.

And above all don’t fret. In Matthew 6:25 we see that God cares for all things even the birds. So He cares for us too.

We have to do our very best. But we need to understand it may not work the way we planned and remember that God will be there through everything.

If we put God first in everything we do and don’t contradict Him when He shows us clearly the path, then we keep moving in the right direction.

When we use everything at our disposal — we dress our horse for battle. We become armed with God’s Word through study. We are disciplined in our time with Him. We listen to what He tells us.

Then we go out into the world doing what we have planned but knowing that God still is in charge.

Proverbs 24:27 Art Journaling — Janis Cox

Everything in life comes down to our attitude, doesn’t it? As I read through Proverbs, I see the attitudes that get us in trouble.

Our careless tongues

Proverbs 25:11 Art Journaling — Janis Cox

Our laziness

Proverbs 6:6 — Art Journaling by Janis Cox

Our anger

Proverbs 15:1 Art Journaling — Janis Cox

Our designing ways to get others to do things — gossip?

Proverbs 26:22 Art Journaling — Janis Cox

Proverbs helps us see those attitudes and gives us the opposite way of living.

Proverbs help us approach challenges with a joy and knowledge that God is in our corner, ready to protect, inspire and coach us.

Do you see your attitude as positive? Do you thank God for little things? Do you count His blessings? Do you see rays of sunshine on a cloudy day?

Do you want to be generous, kind, and loving?

I would suggest you read Proverbs — You will be surprised what you learn about yourself.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we know making plans is good. But we also know that if those plans go astray we are not to count it as lost, but to stop and listen to You. You have the right blueprints. We can try again. There is no wrong way if we are close to You. So help us to keep close and hear what You are saying to us. If we need to change direction, make it clear for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

CALL TO ACTION

Are you feeling disconnected from God?

Is your art or writing suffering because you are struggling to do work on your own?

Do you want to tap into God’s unlimited creativity?

Visit Janis at JanisCox.com.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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