I am all about planning. I use: calendars, lists, whiteboards, charts, and an inordinate amount of sticky notes to plan out my goals, my schedule and every detail of my life.
But my plans often fail. Monkey wrenches come flying at me and now I have to: change my calendar, erase the whiteboard and toss the sticky notes.
The planner business is a multi-million dollar industry. Planners come in all shapes and sizes, and now there are a plethora of planning apps and programs that have been added to the mix of options for planning. None of those tools equals a successful plan.
Don’t you wish there was a way to plan that would guarantee success?
Well, it just so happens that there is. And it’s found in our verse for the week:
“You can make many plans, but the LORD’S purpose will prevail.”
Proverbs 19:21 NLT
Only God has a a fail-proof plan for your life. It’s His purpose for you.
- It’s set in stone
- It was created before you were
- It is the only thing that matters
God’s purposes for us are not affected by monkey wrenches, our own failures and limitations, or even the “curve balls” that life seems to throw at us.
What is the key to seeing this as a reality in our lives?
1. Let go of what you think you know.
I think I have a pretty good plan in place. But I can’t see the future. I don’t know what is coming down the road, but God does. So when my plan goes awry, I have to be willing to let go of it so that I can grab hold of what God’s purpose is. I have to let go, and let God.
[Tweet “We will never see God’s purpose if we cling to our own feeble plans. “]
2. Stay close to the Planner.
The further away I get from God in my daily life, the less I see of His purpose. I get confused and derailed from what I am put here on earth to do.
[Tweet “If I want God’s purpose more than my plan, then I have to stay close to Him.”]
Only God has a plan that is fail-proof. The closer I am to God, the clearer His purpose for me becomes.
3. Learn to say, “NO!”
God recently showed me how dangerous my “can-do” attitude had become. Any time someone asked something of me, I would say, “I can do that.” Any client who needed something right away, got me to drop everything and come running. I am learning to say, “no”.
This is a hard one for us as women, but if we want God’s fail-proof purpose in our lives, we need to stay away from those things that aren’t part of His plan.
[Tweet “By saying, “yes” to everything, we are saying, “no” to God’s purpose for us.”]
Learn to say, “no”. Learn to stop and ask God if this things you being asked to do is part of his purpose.
Doing so frees you up to focus on those things that really matter to God, instead of feeling overwhelmed by things that matter to people.
What would your life look like is you started putting these three steps into practice today?
How can you begin now to choose God’s purpose over your plans?
Where would your stress level be if you didn’t say, “yes” to everything?
Why wait another day?