I've written a lot about my love of lists. So much that I should probably write a list to keep track of them. A nice orderly index. Ah, but should the list be alphabetical or chronological???? But I digress...
Digression is not unusual for me in conversation or activity. One reason I like lists. I like making and achieving goals. They are my attempts to keep myself focused, on track and organized. Feeble attempts.
I have many projects that I need to complete (home repairs, bills to pay, doctors appointments) and things I'd like to complete (paint my bedroom, quilt). I have goals to improve my health, my mind and my spiritual life. Not bad goals at all.
I 've realized, however, that I never really ask God for his advice on any of these. I presumptively thought that since they weren't sinful that He approved. It's not like one of my goals was to rob a bank! These were all good things.
But this thinking takes authority away from God. I ask Him to bless my goals, I hold Him responsible when things don't go right, but I don't let Him set the goals or make the list. Any management book will tell you that giving someone responsibility without the authority to carry it out is a disaster.