"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Prov. 19:21
We want to teach our children to set high goals and to be willing to do the hard work of achieving those goals. We want them to work with excellence, to work with diligence, to work with focus. And we want to model this example ourselves.
But what to do when the course seems to change, when the path is diverted? How do we teach strong goal setting and vision and then let go of that goal, modify our plans when we have developed such ownership and investment in those dreams? What if, after all the work, all the time, all the effort, the Lord closes a door, opens a new one and beckons us down a new path? How do we make single mindedness and suppleness co-exist?
For our children, for ourselves, the header of any goal sheet, printed or written on the heart, that header must read "The Lord's Purpose Will Prevail". This is not about the challenges, the doldrums we sometimes face in accomplishing a dream. This is about those times where we thought the path was leading this way and then there is an abrupt change, a series of events that change the landscape. And then we must refer to the primary mission of any believer, the top priority of our sojourn here: the Lord's purpose will prevail.