Sunday, 01 August 2021

P Power of Positive Faith

God’s Plans are Always Better

I am a big believer in goal setting. I don't start a year without thinking about what I want to accomplish, writing those things down, and checking them off my list when I have achieved the goal. The last year has reminded me of one very important thing---"we may plan our course, but God establishes our steps."

You probably already knew that. I certainly did. However, just like anything, sometimes we have to be reminded that God is ultimately in control. Earlier this year, I was talking with someone ready for their promotion. They had been hobnobbing with senior leadership. They had received all the platitudes about how good they were. They even got noticed publicly for their performance. They were on the path of promotion. They trusted leadership to do what was right. All around them, friends were getting recognized and promoted, and at one point, people right in her own home had received an unexpected promotion. The person was ready for the week of evaluation. I was excited for them too. Later that week, the person got their evaluation, one of the highest given, with a nominal raise and no promotion because there were none to give. The disappointment set in, and self-doubt began to creep in. Also, the person was about to go through all the stages of grief. Not because of anything they had or had not done, but because of the let-down they felt from their organization's leadership.

I was told the story and could hear the disappointment, yet; I did not hear any anger. That was a good thing. As the week went on, I awakened with the person on my mind late one night and began to pray for them. I prayed that they would first seek God next, that they would listen to Him third, that they would trust Him. That's when the scripture in Proverbs 16:9 hit me, "man plans his course, but God establishes his steps." I began thinking of myself and remembering what it was like to want something that I believed I deserved, only to have to get snatched away from me or denied even being considered worthy of it. When I was a young woman, I remember working hard, being seen and recognized for my performance with the highest marks, and not getting the deserved promotion. Then it hit me; my plans were not God's plans. His plans turned out so much better and bigger than I imagined.

That's right! Many times what we think we want and believe we deserve are not the things that are the best for us. We, of course, cannot see it when we are in it. We become frustrated and perhaps want to lash out at those who deny us our chance. What has my life also taught me? The people who believe they have the power to deny you anything does not. They are just arrogant enough to think they, too, are in control. They are not. What God has for you, no person can take away. What you believe you deserve, you deserve. However, God may think what you deserve should be bigger and better.

Let the last year teach you what it has taught me. God is in control still. Let the years of experience I have teach you something; when things do not go your way, you are not defined by the thing; you gain experience. You learn to be more confident in yourself and God!

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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