Then He said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me." - Luke 9:23 HCSB
Even the most inspired, can, from time to time, find themselves running on empty. Why? Because the inevitable demands of daily life can drain us of our strength and rob us of the joy that is rightfully ours in Christ Jesus. Thankfully, God stands ready to renew our spirits, even on the darkest of days. God's word is clear: When we genuinely lift our hearts and prayers to Him, He renews our strength.
Are you almost too weary to lift your head? Then the answer is simple, bow it - in prayer. Offer your concerns and your needs to your Father in Heaven. He is always at your side, offering His love and His strength.
Your search to discover God's purpose for your life is not a destination; it is a journey that unfolds day by day. And that's exactly how often you should seek direction from your Creator: one day at a time, each day followed by the next, without exception.
The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless only becomes poor. - Proverbs 21:5 HCSB
Are you willing to plan for the future - and are you willing to work diligently to accomplish the plans you've made? The Book of Proverbs teaches that the plans of hardworking people (like you) are rewarded.
Basically, you reap what you sow. If you desire to reap a bountiful harvest from life, you must plan for the future while entrusting the final outcome to God. Then, do your part to make the future better (work dutifully), while acknowledging the sovereignty (power) of God's hands over all affairs, including your own.
Are you in a hurry for success to arrive at your doorstep? Don't be. Instead, work carefully, plan thoughtfully, and wait patiently. Remember that you're not the only one working on your behalf: God, too, is at work. And with Him as your partner, your ultimate success is guaranteed.