What if God didn’t have a plan?
Sonya, I have a plan for you and the best gift you can give your family is to have a plan too.
I have a plan for you: the best gift for your family
I have a plan for you—it’s God’s idea.God was intentional to have a detailed plan and it clearly is a good idea because He models it for us.I really like how Renee Swope says it,”We can trust God’s plans as we realize that his story is being written into ours.”—Finding Hope for Our FutureSo, likewise if you are a Christian, His Word says that “because of the grace of God has appeared and offers salvation to all people…we should be eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14Having a plan is believing God has a plan and that He invites us to do the same. It is being eager to say no to the good things in order to say yes to the best things for you and your family.
A detailed plan is loving and personal.At times the disciples didn’t know why Jesus was doing the things he was doing, but we can look at the gospels and see several examples of Jesus being very detailed in his plans. He was loving and personal to so many individuals.One example that I never thought about until this past year until our church went through Mark was the story in Mark 5 of the demon possessed man. The gospel begins by sharing that Jesus crosses the lake then he heals a man who had been demon possessed. What’s next? Jesus climbs back into the boat and returns to his hometown. What? Yes, it appears that Jesus specifically crossed the lake to heal the man then to turn around and go home.A quick note here: ultimately because of sin, our plans don’t always turn out the way we expect them to—but as long as we are seeking the Lord first we will have no question about, Did I hear God wrong?
Having a plan equals success.God certainly had the perfect plan and we celebrate the beginning fulfillment of that plan through Jesus’ birth at Christmas. As a mom, how do you measure success? In reality you can always be improving. For us to thrive as moms success is all about progress not perfection. I really like how Zig Ziglar used to say, “It’s tough to be successful when things are easy.”What Zig is saying is, that if you just let life happen—you can’t measure when it’s successful or not. Letting life happen to be honest is the easy way to live your life. Either by allowing your kids’ schedule to plan your life or allowing your circumstances to determine what you do. Having a plan is determining what matters to you most and then doing it.Again, this is where the conviction came over me. I have been bordering on easy because I let my circumstances influence me. Progress for us as a family has slowed this past year and I know that with a plan that pushes us a little more as a family will all add up to great things for us.
A plan models servanthood.Often in scripture Jesus is referred to as the good shepherd. Sweet mom, you and I are shepherds as well—guiding our family, setting the tone of life and home, as well as fostering growth in godliness. Having a plan, although it’s not always easy—is in some ways laying down your life.You have to set aside time for it and make sure it happens and if this doesn’t come naturally for you, it is a sacrifice. Although the sacrifice is one of joy, the reward you receive far outweighs that challenges you face along the way. It’s believing that it will make a life changing difference in the lives of the ones you love.
I have a plan for you speaks peace and hope in the very words.Think about it. I have a plan for you—plans to prosper you not to harm you. Have you ever heard anyone say these words to you? They’re very calming and reassuring to someone who is anxious or feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you never have had anyone say this to you, either way, I’ll use a story to help.The other day my son and I were sitting in the truck waiting for my husband. In the process my son was getting impatient—as independent 4 year olds often do. I was taking the moments to write down some thoughts for this post and I decided to just say it to him.“Sebastian, I have a plan for you. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you.”Instantly the truck went silent.I was shocked.Those very words, the words we all long to hear. I have a plan for you—physically brought peace to the situation and even in his young four year old mind I truly believe it gave him hope.
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