It’s time to get our hands dirty.

I was chatting with our sister Tammy Ellis Chappell and she said something I found deeply profound.

“I’ve been thinking about life as a garden. Different plants or plant types as the areas of my daily life. Vegetables-provision or finances. Flowers-inspiration or spirituality. Green plants-health and fitness. Soil-maybe family and friends. I feel the need to get into the dirt. Do some weeding, watering and fertilizing. I am praying for the right tools and soil.”

I think this a gorgeous metaphor for how we must prepare to go next level, emotionally, physically and spiritually. How to set the right conditions to pursue God’s vision.
But we have to get our hands dirty. This isn’t no mamby pampy sissy stuff.
As much as my psuedo lazy, “Can’t we just *not do that* and binge on “Friends” instead?” self hates to admit – we must do the honest work of assessing where we’ve missed the mark (sin), what needs to go, what needs to stay and what needs to be implemented to live God’s very best.
The month of January is the month we prepare for the greatest harvest of our lives.

WHO’S WITH ME?!

There are 5 steps we’ll cover more in depth this month:

 

ASSESS THE CONDITIONS OF THE SOIL

The Parable of the sower (Matthew 13) shows us clearly what happens when we scatter seed on inadequate soil. I believe this is why over 80% of us drop our New Years Resolutions by February – we scattered wishes on a path rather than doing the hard work of getting our hands dirty, prepping good, fertile soil where our vision can actually grow.

 

DECIDE WHAT SEEDS WILL BE PLANTED

Most of us on earth have no idea where we’re going – we’re just getting through what every life throws at us. That’s desperate, and definitely not God’s best. If you’re planting a garden, about the dumbest thing you can do is not have a clue as to what you’re getting yourself into. The Bible tells us that without a vision the people will perish – and so will your tomatoes.
What is your vision for 2019? Pray about it, meditate on it. Plan it out like your life depends on it (because it does).

 

GET TO WEEDING

Yesterday I talked about leaving losers in the dust for 2019. The toxic habits, relationships, sin, shame, and shackles that keep us from living God’s absolute best for ourselves. Rip out the weeds that are strangling you, preventing growth and delaying the harvest.

HAVE A PLAN FOR WHEN THINGS GO WRONG (BECAUSE THEY WILL)

Whenever you begin the process of growth, expect things to go wrong. Resistance will come. Whether it’s the enemy tempting you or your own unwillingness to make the right changes and decisions – the thorns, the weeds, the insects and the worms are coming to take your harvest. Don’t be shocked when it happens. Don’t despair. Be prepared. Have a plan and execute it.

 

MAKE A DECISION TO NEVER GO BACK, TO NEVER QUIT, UNTIL HARVEST

After Jesus’s resurrection, he finds Peter back where he started. Fishing. Have you ever noticed this? Peter was fishing in the beginning when Jesus told him to follow him. After Jesus’s death, Peter went right back to his old way of life – back to comfort – the thing he knew to do, that gave him confidence and certainty even though God had called him to a much greater purpose. Jesus said 3 times, “Peter, do you love me?” When Peter replied yes, Jesus said, “Tend my sheep.”

You must decide that when it gets hard you won’t return to the old, unfulfilling life you’re used to – the one that’s comfortable even though it’s deeply unsatisfying. Make the decision that you won’t give up, you won’t go back. Be determined to reap God’s destiny for your life.

I’m praying for a transformational year for each and every one of us. For God’s favor, guidance, presence and love. That we don’t flee from hard times, but embrace them because that’s when God most reveals himself.

Dirty hands. No fear. Sweat on our brow.

Get ready! It’s gonna be a wild ride!

All my love,
Anna