Genesis 2:8 – And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
I was thinking to myself the other day: What makes a year great for some people and a not so great year for other people? I wanted to know why many things that started out on the way of greatness didn’t end up being great. I have seen many New Year resolutions not lasting more than a few days. The people meant well and really wanted to achieve goal but they did not. One of the major culprits of botched goals is your environment.
Environment can mean the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates (New Oxford American Dictionary). It could also be called the setting, territory, domain; surroundings, environs or conditions (Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus).
If you follow the creation story in Genesis 1 you will conclude that God did not casually create our world without careful thought and planning. God created every creature after he had created where they will live. He created the living environment before he created the occupants of the environment. E.g. water body before fishes (see Genesis 1:9 vs. Genesis 1:20), land before terrestrial animals (see Genesis 1:9 vs. Genesis 1:24).
I am particularly intrigued that the Bible penned our text as God planting a garden before he put man in it. God knew that man needed the ecosystem to be in place before He brought man into the equation. This is supposed to be a pattern of any creative process. The environment should always precede the occupant of the environment.
If all your dreams and plans will see the light of day and not be frustrated in this new year, you should learn to take the steps that God took to ensure that his creation survived. You will have to create the enabling environment for your ideas and dreams to thrive. Every dream and idea cannot thrive in any place. There has to be the right environment for the dreams and ideas to thrive.
Fishes can’t live long outside of water. Take an animal out of its natural habitat and you begin to threaten the existence of that animal. Survival is tied to environment. Similarly, your dreams cannot be fulfilled anywhere and everywhere. Your duty in this season is to be sensitive to locate and nurture the environment that fosters the healthy growth of your dreams.
Join me in the next few posts to learn how to create and maximize your environments in this new season. You can make your environment what you want it to be because your environment will eventually make you.
You will succeed this year!