Today is the 91st day of 2014. Time for a check in? Are you maintaining commitment to your resolutions, or promises to self, or “whatever you call them?” How’s your eating? Have you returned to caffeine? Did you revisit your vision board? Still reading your Bible more frequently? How about the biggie….are you still exercising? And the even bigger one for myself, “Are you practicing saying no more than yes?” In the words of Wendy, “How you doin?”
Maintaining commitment is not an easy thing. We must have a made up mind, and even so, we must prepare ourselves that just as we have personally dedicated ourself to something, someone else has personally dedicated themselves to interrupting our intent for our demise. Yes Virginia, there is the enemy, who may present himself in the form of Santa Claus, joyful and giving, but trust God in knowing that as you “sit on this person’s lap” to share your dreams and aspirations, their only interest in desiring to know what you hope for is to create a plan to redirect you from receiving. Being good all year does not make you exempt, in fact it makes you entangled, particularly when you are trying to live for Christ.
There seems to be significance attributable to a person’s first 90 days. Its believed that the first 90 days by which a person does something will reflect their ability to maintain a certain level of consistent behavior. Its no wonder for me that Psalm 90 reads, “Lord thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” For in my first 90 days of 2014, I have no option but to say Amen in relation to that statement. Sure, I have been super excited about what the Lord has been doing in my life. I began January 2nd in an interim appointment of a new position and tomorrow, April 2nd, will be my first day post 90 in the permanent role. I made a personal commitment to exercise. I’ve been running since the beginning of the year and plan to run my first 5k at the end of April. I am practicing to say no more, but what I seem to yes to is really large, so my no’s aren’t as significant as I would like (I’m working on it). I’m working on relationships, and not just those I already have, but opening myself up to meet new people and make space for their purpose in my life as well. I’m learning not to jump to conclusions and to keep silent before opening my mouth, assuming the worse and then engaging in recovery. Now, don’t get it twisted, life for me ain’t been no crystal stair (Langston Hughes). As I shared earlier, if anything my move toward Christ and yours as well, puts us on notice. Yet, if we take into account, Psalm 90:1 that reads, “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations,” we are reminded and affirmed that no matter what we come up against, indeed, God will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). And if that is not assurance enough, try visiting Psalm 91.
Not only is the Lord our dwelling place, but Psalm 91 reads, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The Lord will dwell in our lives, but what does it mean to dwell with him? It means being consistent with him, you know, beyond the 90 days, not just for the benefits but for the beneficial. It is good for us to make God our place of habitation. It is good for us to make God our shelter. When we do so, no matter what happens in our first 90, 120, whatever, we will find comfort and peace amidst the storm. When we abide, we are accepting God’s love for us regardless of what the world throws at us. When we abide, we are following him and being obedient to him and resisting the temptation to seek revenge when we are hurt or disappointed by others. When we abide, we are resting upon him and his promises even when they are not physically manifesting as we’d hope. We when abide we are trusting and depending upon God for the abundant living that was promised to us.
God knows us. He created us. He doesn’t have to wait 90 days for “us” to show up. He already knows. But since he dwells with us, shouldn’t we, like a corporation make his stay valuable? In your first 90 days upon hiring, its not only expected of you to demonstrate sound and profitable behavior. The corporation is still in the interviewing phase as well, and should do everything possible to demonstrate the company and position as one of value to you. Both you and the company are seeking sustainability, which is precisely what both Psalm 90 and 91 is referring to. We desire for God to be sustainable in us, as we are in him.
So, you’ve not been as successful or productive as you’d planned for the first 90 of 2014. No worries in God. Your name isn’t on a list, there is small box waiting for you to fill up nor a planned escort out of the building. You don’t even have to worry about making it through another 90. You can start today and take it one day at a time – sometimes even hour by hour, minute by minute. Matthew 6:34 compels us to “take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Specifically live for the day because there is enough trouble to navigate therein. This is not suggested to be devastating, but instead empowering because God not only knows what we face, but he has already established himself as a viable dwelling place for not only survival, but for thriving. Good things don’t have to happen post 90. In Christ, they can happen everyday. Live each day as though you get all you need, hope and dream, because you actually do. Be blessed. Check out this video and consider incorporating this song into your daily worship experience as a reminder.