Jesus calls us to careful stewardship, and too he calls us to a life of surrender. Stewardship means intentionality and setting goals; surrender means letting go of both to God's greater purposes. These two things are in tension—opposing ends of a spectrum. The sweet spot is smack in the middle; too much of either one is trouble.
Since God revealed that I generally err overmuch on the stewardship side, high on intentionality and low on freedom and joy, surrender is in order. Letting go of some of my diagnostic and achievement tendencies with the help of Christ are merited. As I set aside my urges to assess and improve things around me, I'll look to God to help me be present and joyful in the moments he gives. No doubt this will feel counter-intuitive in settings where I'm called to lead.
What about you? Do you need to get out of the goal-setting mindset for a while? What anti-resolutions have you made for the new year?
Susan Arico is active in her church and among local Christian women. She has worked with faith-based nonprofits, such as Prison Fellowship, The Salvation Army, Promise Keepers, and others, developing programs to benefit high-risk populations, such as ex-prisoners, street children, and traumatized youth. Currently, she runs her own consulting company, Pray Creek Consulting LLC.