Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.
This is one of the proverbs I have taped to my computer monitor—along with other Scriptures that help me focus and stay on task:
. . . be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer.
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
1 Chronicles 28:20
I want to remember why I’m writing and for whom.
Writing for the Lord isn’t about publishing. For me, it’s about finding answers and learning how to live life to the fullest. It’s about asking questions and reading God’s Word for answers and creating characters who play out all the different points of view. It’s about getting rid of my preconceived, often incorrect, ways of thinking and seeking God’s perspective. Why was I born? For what purpose? The simple answer is “to love God, to have an intimate, constant, abiding relationship with my Creator.” Living that out on a daily basis may sound simple, but it isn’t easy.
It helps to start each day with “This is the day the Lord has made. We [I] will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). And there it is: Commit your work (and your life) to the Lord. Let His plan prevail. It takes a decision to remember God is in charge, to give Him headship over our day and our work. That’s how we experience the abundant life in Him: one day at a time, one decision at a time. When we commit our work to God, we don’t have to worry whether we will succeed. We will—in all the real ways that matter and bring blessings beyond measure.