Is there anything wrong with making plans?

by Lesley on January 9, 2013 · 7 comments

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I am a first born, type A, multi-tasking, get-it-done, planner.

In high school, I was never the girl who sat around and waited for someone else to determine our weekend plans. I made the phone calls, organized the events, baked the cookies, rallied the troops. I often meddled in everyone’s dating life too–deciding who should ask who to what formal so that everyone would have a date and no one would be left out. I still do a lot of meddling planning at 30.

Sometimes my plans work out perfectly. But when they do not I can find myself very, very disappointed  I like to believe that with enough planning, there will never be failure. What I’m learning is the fine balance of making plans without taking control.

There is nothing wrong with making plans as long as you know you’re the first mate, not the Captain.

I’ve set a lot of goals the next 12 months. I have spiritual goals, physical goals, food goals, writing goals, parenting goals, yada yada yada. I won’t share them, you’ll just get annoyed with me. Past years prove I won’t hit them all, but I will accomplish a lot which is the reason I continue to intentionally so many. Having a lot to chase keeps me disciplined.

But at the end of the year I’m not going to be disappointed in myself if they’re not all accomplished. I will only be disappointed if I haven’t yielded to God’s control over my life. That’s why this verse continues to encourage me:

She knew that many were the plans in her heart, but that God’s purpose would prevail. Proverbs 19:21

I can’t wait to see God’s purpose and plans unfold this year.

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san
san

This first line, that is me. I am still learning to let go of the reigns a little more.

Tim
Tim

I’m not going to be disappointed in myself if they’re not all accomplished. I will only be disappointed if I haven’t yielded to God’s control over my life. My word but that's awesome, Lesley! I'm not much of an initiator (like that high school organizing you mentioned), but I suppose I do make plans after my own fashion. Wouldn't have ended up with the job I have if I didn't. But I'm not an overt planner, and none of my friends would think of me first when it comes to organizing anything. (My wife, on the other hand, is probably at the top of everyone's list for that sort of thing.) Tim

PC
PC

You could just call it vision, and where there is no vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

Ashlee
Ashlee

Whoa, hello new life verse. Confession: I am reading this post the morning of our new "schedule-training" with Everett. His entire day is mapped out in 30-minute increments. I might need to chill out a bit. Thanks for the good thoughts this morning ;)

Tamara Powell
Tamara Powell

Love learning the truth of Proverbs 19:21 with you. :)

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