Lots of Planning…very little Succeeding.

I’ve always been a big planner. I love making lists. I love paper and purple pens and using both to jot down thoughts, ideas, notes…plans.

My journal is full of my plans.

I always imagine I hear a whisper of a laugh when I write out all my lofty plans and ideas and lists.

One of my Jesus Calling scriptures this morning was Proverbs 16:3. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

“Boo-ya,” I thought to myself. This is what I’m talking about. I will plan [and scheme] and finish off with, “In Jesus’ name I pray” and all my plans will succeed.

Six verses down I had, in a previous prayer time or study, highlighted verse 9: In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.

Trumped by the Word of God. Again.

It’s my attitude, you see. My “all about me” and if I just do [this and that], it will all work out [aka…I’ll get my way].

I pulled my journal back out this morning. It’s a new journal…first date in it is August 12, 2012.

Yet it is already full of “To Do’s” and “Today I will…need to…and Lord, help  me with’s.”

I thought about it all and discovered that I know the following is true (see?…a list):

He always hears my prayers
His plan is to prosper me, not harm me (and those I love)
When I ask for His guidance, He provides it
His plan, not mine

After reflecting on what exactly “commit to the Lord” means, I pulled up some different translations to gain insight:

New King James: Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

Amplified: Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

The Message: Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place. 

And it all became clear. It’s a circle. I pray and I receive my plan from Him. I pray and I give my plan to Him. I pray and my plan is really actually His plan. If I accept that it is actually His plan and not my plan…my plan, which is really His plan, will succeed.

Easy peasy!

Bottom line…pray in everything. How simple is that?

Chat soon. Love you guys.   

Leave a Reply