Evaluating our lives and planning to make changes can be a very helpful process—as long as we have goals that line up with God’s goals for our lives. All too often though, we make changes based on the results we do or do not see and expect. Making changes based on results is the world’s way of living. Making changes based on God’s leading is living as a Christ follower.
So, what do we do with results that we do not like? Bring them to God and get His leading before we make decisions and changes.
Here is an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional that may help as you are making plans for the future:
God’s Dream or Yours?
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
God has not called most Christian musicians to be in one of the top ten Christian bands. Is that your dream? The reality is that it might not happen. You need to ask, “Am I living the dream God has for me?” Living God’s dream creates an amazing life. Living your own dream will always be less than what you could have had and done, no matter how successful you appear.
Most Christian musicians are in a Christian band for a period of time and then transition to something else: a worship leader, playing on a worship team, youth group leader, pastor, or careers outside ministry. Some people view this as failure. But, what if God’s plan for your life included being in a less than famous Christian band? What if you need that experience to help prepare you for the future? What if you did exactly what God wanted you to do with the band? Would you consider the band to be a success?
Do not allow disappointment with the amount of ministry, fame or income your band experiences to direct your path. Those disappointments can be divine intervention to point you towards success. Bring your disappointment to God, seek His plan, and when you find it—follow it with all your heart.
The definition of a successful Christian band is not the band that is the most famous, sells the most music, or even wins the most people to the Lord. The definition of a successful Christian band is the band that most closely follows the path God shows them to take.
Prayer: Father, reveal your dream for my life so I may follow it.
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