You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.
If you haven’t known me very long, you might not realize that I was not raised in a Christian home. On occasion I would ask to attend a church service, but had no real understanding of what it meant to walk with the Lord.
Many today are affiliated with religious denominations and organizations and believing this is the way to abundance. However, that type of mindset only serves to represent a façade. The ONLY way to experience the abundance spoken of in this scripture is through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
For many, it is very difficult to trust someone else with your heart and life. For various reasons we hold tightly to the reins of our life and steer the cart independently on our own. When I was only 18 years old, I decided to surrender my life to Christ, the Good Shepherd. After all, who better to steer the cart than the One who created me.
He knows every microscopic detail about ME! When I was in my mother’s womb, HE formed me and fashioned my life with specific detail. He set my days in order. This, my friend, HE has also done for YOU!
One day, shortly after I decided to follow the Lord, He gave me a vision. In this vision, I could see a very large map that revealed road after road after road. Instantly, I saw myself walking down a certain street. There were people hanging out of their windows, standing by the road, walking down the same street. I had tremendous impact on these lives!
Then, God removed me from that street and placed me on a different road. The people there just stared at me as I passed by. On this street I had no impact! That day the Lord taught me the importance of staying on the path HE had chosen for me in life. His chosen path would become my path of success and effectiveness. Since that day, God has been the author of all my steps. Steve and I never make a life decision without the consultation of the Lord.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean NOT unto your own understanding. In all of your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him and He will direct your path.”
I would be lying to say that every path He chose for us was our choice as well…Many of the paths have been paved with great sacrifice and painful experiences, loneliness and discipline, but I CAN tell you that HIS paths have caused us to DRIP WITH ABUNDANCE!
Abundance of PEACE.
Abundance of WISDOM.
Abundance of TRUST.
Abundance of LOVE.
Abundance of CHARACTER.
Abundance of JOY.
Abundance of HOPE.
Abundance of WEALTH and RICHES.
And after all, isn’t this what we are all searching for?
If you find yourself today desiring His goodness and you have traveled many avenues to find it, only to be left in the end unfulfilled and disappointed, I would submit to you this day…
His Paths drip with the abundance you are so looking for! He loves you. He loves you right where you are. You do not have to change a thing to come to Him. Come as you are – broken and a mess and allow the Good Shepherd to steer you to fulfillment and destiny.