Eve traded God's desire to teach her for instant knowledge. Genesis 3
Esau traded his birthright for soup. Genesis 25
Israelites wanted to trade their freedom for slavery. Exodus 17
David traded his responsibility to lead the fight for home - leading to further sin. 2 Samuel 11
The Pharisees traded a chance to love Jesus for pride and self worship. John 11
Felix gave up salvation, although his conscience directed otherwise. Acts 24
The Church of Ephesus trades duty for love. Revelation 2
I want to declare that the trade is off in my life. Of course, only with God's grace can it happen. I don't want to settle for anything less than what God desire for my life - His plan. It isn't about making Him part of my plan, but in making me part of His plan.
It's giving up thoughts of what I'll do if.... (this is worry in case you didn't know.)
It's giving up my schedule of when things should happen or be finished.
It's giving up wanting my glory and focus on bringing God glory.
Where can I be in a year if I'm faithful everyday? How much have I learned from faithful Scripture study? Through a series of injuries, my body became very weak. I've regained strength, but think what one year of really focusing on exercise would look like? Normally I go steady for a couple months, then either life in general or more usually I injure myself and get sidelined. But with three months behind me, I don't want to allow the busyness of November and December to get me off track with the progress I've made.
Lord, help me not trade in Your good for imitation of life here. Help me to look past the circumstances in my life to focus on Jesus. Help me see the bigger picture - Your purpose. Slow and steady will determine my faithfulness. Amen