God’s plans or mine?


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Proverbs 16:1 Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. (The Message)

First, apologies for not posting for a few days. I’ve enjoyed a very fruitful – and very intense – time of training in Estes Park, Colorado (see pic). I should be able to get back to daily rhythms now.

Leaders are called to make plans, as I and a group of colleagues did this week. We worked on our plans individually then shared them with one another – giving others permission to comment and question. Great stuff. I’m excited to see if my own plans bear fruit.

“Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.”

There’s the truth. If my plans are not lined up with God’s plans, very little will happen. When we follow where God is leading our efforts look like 2+2= 5 or 6. When I’m doing things in my own strength it’s more like 2+2=2 or 3. Some questions:

  • Have I prayerfully and earnestly invited the Lord into my planning process?
  • Do my plans reflect what God is already doing or am I following my own initiative?
  • How will I know if my plans work or not?

Heavenly Father, thank you for an amazing time of learning, thinking, reflecting, and dreaming with valued colleagues. Give us wisdom and patience to follow where we believe your grace is going ahead of us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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