Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
God should be a part of every plan that I make, every goal that I set. I have often not followed this scriptural wisdom. God should be involved in every step of the process. What goals do I need to set? Would these goals be pleasing to God? What should I do first? What is God communicating to me about this choice? We have a wise counselor in the Holy Spirit, we have a perfect example in Christ, and we have God the Father listening and guiding. Yet so often I bust out on my own, never stopping to pray.
Holy One, guide me and show me the most excellent way. Help me to feel your presence and know your will for me. Help me to set and pursue goals which are pleasing to you. Amen