Once upon a time I started my business as a speaker. All was well. I had a plan, I had a flow, and I had everything worked out in my mind in how I wanted it to go. Things really were awesome! I met so many amazing women, and had a lot of opportunities come my way that changed me and my life, for the good. I enjoyed what I was doing and was satisfied with where I thought I was headed but deep down inside I knew I was avoiding allowing God to take complete control of my life. One day I became brave enough to utter these words in a prayer “ God please bring me into full alignment with your will for my life. Please have your perfect way with my business and every other aspect of my life.”
You may be wondering what happened next. Well let me tell you! God answered my prayer all right! In a way that I never imagined. My idea of what it meant to be aligned was completely different than God’s vision of alignment for me. Alignment has led me to some very new and interesting territory. It’s led me to do things I never thought I would do. It’s led me to walk away from ways of thinking, acting, and people I once associated with. It’s also led me to make a decision on whether I really wanted to be in alignment, or if I would rather go back to the life I had before I uttered those words. Yes, getting into alignment can be a very uncomfortable process because we are giving God permission to come in and clean house! Even though it has been an uncomfortable process and at times a tad bit scary, there is so much good that I cannot even begin to tell you!
I’ve found new parts of me that I never knew existed because they were so smothered under all of the things about me that I thought were true. I’ve been challenged into doing things in a new way, and allowing God to lead ALL the way. My business has completely shifted gears, my responsibilities have changed, my whole life is changing before my very eyes. There are many moments where I feel unqualified for this new chapter of my life, and there are moments where I’m so excited I can jump over the moon. At the end of the day all roads lead back to God. I never knew how deeply things would change when I prayed this simple prayer. I just knew that I wanted change.
Now enough about me! Let’s talk about how this can apply to you! Lets look at Proverbs 16:3
This let us know that plans made on our own are futile. We can say what we want, make plans to do it, and be as strategic as we like, but unless we surrender our plans to God we are just blowing a bunch of hot air. This doesn’t mean that what we are trying to do is not good, it just means that without God establishing that plan himself, our efforts are in vain. It took me a long time to realize how limited my vision was without God’s plan involved. My own plan stemmed from a place of what success meant to me, and the best way I thought I could get there. God’s plan was so different than what I had in mind. However it has been the most fulfilling, way I could ever take. There’s something so powerful about knowing that God is literally in control all the way, and that I don’t have to make what I am doing successful because he has already ordained it to be so. Success is what God specializes in!
So if you are ready to take that leap and surrender your plans over to God let’s get started! Here are 3 ways to give it over to God!
1. Let go of what you think is the “right” way- The world has gotten us messed up yall! When we look at social media and how people are hitting the jackpot left and right it makes us feel like we need to get up and do something, immediately! It also causes us to look at God like “Lord, where you at?!” We must learn that God’s road is the road less traveled, and the road less glorified here on earth. His way may take longer, and it may require some sleepless nights, some ugly cries, and some serious soul searching. But you can bet your bottom dollar that his way is without a shadow of a doubt the most effective!
2. Stop all that doubting- It’s one thing to give your plans over to God and ask for him to take the wheel, its another thing to trust that he really has you! When we doubt it does not motivate God to move, in fact it really gets on his nerves. Doubt and fear is by far our worst enemy when it comes to our faith walk. It’s the thing that caused Peter to start sinking when he was walking on water. How can one go from walking on water to sinking? DOUBT! Let’s not allow doubt to cancel out all the good that God can do. In fact let’s tell it to have several seats!
3. Do it, even it you don’t understand- When we surrender our will for God’s will it may lead us to some situations where we are required to do things that make us really really uncomfortable. We may even go as far as to say “What is the point of this God?” We must remember that God’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts, therefore certain things we are asked to do may not make sense from our perspective but in God’s eyes they need to be done to get us where he has designated us to be. The best thing we can do is to trust God that he knows best, and choose to do it anyways! Who knows we may learn a thing or two in the process
When it all comes down to it we must remember that the process of surrender is not easy, but it is well worth the momentary discomforts. When we find ourselves having a low moment let us always remember that God wants good for us, and that he has plans to exceed our wildest expectations, but to get to that place requires our surrender. It will all be worth it!