I am a classic planner at heart. I literally have to-do lists for my to-do lists. It’s not that I have to plan things out; it’s that I enjoy planning things. Growing up, I literally planned out every family vacation we took. I loved it. I think I enjoyed planning the vacation more than actually taking it.
That being said, I have a difficult time allowing others to take the reins. (I am fortunate that my husband isn’t a planner by nature too, or we would have some serious conflict!) As I plan out my days, weeks, and even years, I often wonder if I do too much planning. Am I allowing God to work out His plan in the lives of my family?
You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. – Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)
This verse has been on my heart lately. When I first read it, my heart sank a bit. Am I wrong to make plans for my future? Should I stop planning and instead be allowing God to take control?
You can make many plans…
God made me. He gave me the desire to make plans. He created that aspect of my personality for a reason. The ability to be organized and make plans is just that – an ability. It is a gift from God that not everyone is blessed with. He wants me to use my God-given ability to make plans for the future and for His glory.
God’s Word tells us that good planning and hard work lead to prosperity (Proverbs 21:5). God wants us to be diligent and motivated in all that we do. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there is a great need for skilled planners in the body of Christ.
…but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
As a planner, it can be difficult to submit my plans to His will. But I have learned that when I do give Him my plans, I get to be a part of a much bigger plan – one that I may not always understand, but I know is for the best. This side of eternity, there will be times when I have to trust that God’s plans are better than my own.
The key to using my God-given planning skills for the glory of God is to recognize that He is ultimately in control of my steps. I can make plans, but I also need to learn to be flexible to His will.
God is a planner at heart. His plans always work out for our good and for His glory. When He created the world, He put His plan into motion. And we get to be a part of His amazing plan.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. – Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
Don’t be afraid to make plans…
God gave you that skill, and He wants you to use it. But don’t be a slave to your plans either. Understand that God has much bigger plans for your life than you could possibly imagine. Be willing to surrender your plans to Him so that He can guide your steps…and your planning.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)