Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Are you a planner? Do you love the sight of a well-organized calendar that pinpoints your family’s daily activity list down to the minute? Maybe you’re a list-maker. You can’t wait for the end of the day when you can proudly admire the day’s accomplishments, marked off with the perfect check mark.
Everyone in one way or another is a planner. As beings created in His image, God has instilled in each of us the desire to be navigators of our own destiny. We may not always make the best choices, but you better believe that the decisions we make are part of a plan, either ours or God’s.
I love to plan. In fact, I love to plan so much that I became an event planner. There’s nothing more exciting for me than gazing at a blank Excel spreadsheet and then beginning to organize the tasks that will outline the event “to do” list. I pride myself on making sure I think of all the details, big and small. No matter how hard I try, every once in a while one of my events will have an “oops” moment. Usually the “oops” moments are small and undetected by the outsider. However, sometimes the inevitable happens and a small “oops” moment becomes a big “uh oh” problem. The key when this happens is to quickly figure out a solution and be resourceful enough to keep the event running smoothly without anyone being the wiser.
You may not be a professional event planner, but you are a professional life planner. Your life is one big event after another. Every new day brings new choices and opportunities. We are constantly planning every hour, of every minute, of every day. Even when we sleep our brains are working. If only we had to concentrate on planning one day at a time. Instead, we are making plans for next week, next month, even next year. Some of us have already mapped out our entire lives before we ever graduate high school.
Is there anything wrong with having a plan? No. God wants us to have a purpose and set goals for our lives. A problem arises when we put all of our thoughts and efforts into our own plan without ever considering what God’s plan is for our lives. When you look back at your life, at all of the decisions and plans you’ve made, how many of those decisions were driven by your own selfish desires and how many were God-driven? We may think we have the perfect plan for our lives, but as Proverbs 19:21 says, it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Have plans for your life fallen short of your expectations?
Maybe you need to seek out the guidance of God, the eternal life event planner. His plans always succeed and never fall short of our expectations.
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This week give yourself a reprieve from planning and allow God to plan your week. Start each day asking God to help you manage and accept His plans for your day. If you are a list-maker, write your list based on the prompting of God. Be sure that you are running His agenda and not your own.
Gracious Heavenly Father, help me to allow Your plans to be my plans for this day. Help me to seek out Your will in every situation I encounter this week, and help me to meet Your expectations instead of trying to enforce my will. May my eyes be opened and my heart be filled with the Holy Spirit as You guide me each and every day. Amen.
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