Dear Jesus

Instead of single-mindedly pursuing a goal, talk with Me about it. Let the Light of My Presence shine on this pursuit, so you can see it from My perspective.

Dear Jesus,

Pursuing goals comes almost as naturally to me as breathing. When a goal grabs my attention, my instinct is to go for it, without really thinking it through. I may invest a lot of time and energy in something, only to realize later that it was the wrong pursuit. When I take the time to first discuss matters with You, my life is much more satisfying.

Beloved, there are many benefits to talking with Me—before, during, and after pursuing a goal. The Light of My Presence illuminates your pursuit, so you can see it more clearly. As you talk it over with Me, you gain a new perspective on the endeavor. The most important change in your perspective is a growing desire to please Me. This desire produces benefits far beyond the task at hand: It deepens your relationship with Me.

If you discern that your goal accords with My will, then you can pursue it confidently. As you work collaboratively with Me, continue to communicate about what you are doing. When the goal has been reached, thank Me for My help and guidance. Rejoice in what we have accomplished together!

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.

~ Psalm 89:15–16

There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

~ Proverbs 19:21

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. 

~ Psalm 37:5 

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 

~Philippians 4:13

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