My Plan Or Yours?

12 hours. 650 miles.

That’s roughly the duration of and distance traveled for our recent trip north to and from visiting relatives for the holidays. While compared to some, it’s not necessarily an inordinately long excursion, but it was sufficient for our family to have many conversations while on the road… one of which centered around Jason, and his plans for the future following his high school graduation in May. After talking through a variety of ideas, I ended the conversation by reminding him that ultimately he would have to make the final decisions on what course to pursue. His quick joking response was… ‘I don’t want to do my plan. I want to do your plan!’ Everyone in the van laughed, but you know, the more I think about it from a spiritual standpoint, the more I realize all believers could benefit from adopting that kind of attitude.

At the beginning of a brand new year, a lot of emphasis is put on making self-improvement changes… better diet, more exercise, greater focus, innovative goals… and while there’s nothing wrong with any of those things (since most of us could benefit from being more disciplined!), it might be time to ask ourselves a key question… are those our goals, or are they the goals that God intends for us to reach?

Instead of setting a list of fresh objectives or resolutions for the upcoming months, perhaps what we really need is a shift in emphasis. Jesus put it like this. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? … But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:25, 33)

While it’s natural for us to have concerns or preferences about how we’d like to see things to go in this life, there’s a point at which we need to yield to God’s plan and trust that His way is always right and ultimately best … even when it takes us places we could never have envisioned. After all, that’s the essence of faith… trusting, believing and acting … even when we cannot see what’s ahead. (Heb 11:1)  And remember that there was a point when Jesus felt ‘overwhelmed with sorrow’ at the prospect of His impending future, but instead of insisting on a different plan or trying to manipulate His circumstances, He didn’t opt for what He wanted, but resolutely chose to do as His Heavenly Father willed. (Matt 26:38, 39)

So what’s ahead for you? None of us really know, do we? But even when the days ahead are clouded and we’re confronted with an uncertain future, we can be confident that we’ll stay on the right track when we adopt the same attitude Jason expressed regarding his studies… and regardless of what we face, choose to tell God ‘I don’t want to do my plan. I want to do your plan!’

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year as you seek HIS will and guidance,


21 thoughts on “My Plan Or Yours?

  1. Happy New Year’s 2018 to all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!!

    Praise Jesus-Yeshua Christ for Today and Everyday Forevermore!!

    Love Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

  2. May we be His witnesses more and more, that we will see All choose the roads ‘less traveled’ by the world, but God willed for Each of us. In Spirit and Truth, Thankful that God introduced us in 2017 Karen, Another Blessing

    1. Thankful that God brought us together last year too! Thanks for being such a great encouragement and a reminder to keep Jesus first in all things!

  3. Amen. Agreeing with Jason’s sentiment. Not my plan, Lord, but yours. — Happy New Year, Karen. 🙂 Visiting from Anita’s place today. ((hug))

  4. Dear Karen, thank you for this affirmation. I’m not big on resolutions, having found they’re all too frequently unrealistic and set ups for failure. Like you, I’m learning to lean on and into Jesus more for His plan. Thanks for your gentle reminder.

    1. I’m not big on resolutions either. Better to just keep on moving toward righteous living, dependent on Jesus all year long than to continually restart every 12 months. Thanks Alice

  5. I am a sucker for a new planner and all thing “goal setting” each and every new year. This year while going through a goal setting series by Lara Casey and watching a webinar by Ruth Sukoup…they kept emphasizing the importance of identifying our priorities in life. Lara simply asked, “What will be important when you are 80?” As I thought about it….I really identified that I want to have a long and happy marriage….and I want to raise my boys to be Godly men (and husbands). To reach both of those goals….Christ HAS to be my priority. I mean…I’ve known it, but it really hit me hard this year….This post is just a even more of a reminder!!!

    1. Someone told me a similar thing with regards to family way back when my husband and I were just starting out. He said to think about what you want your family to be like when you’re 60+ and make decisions now to get on the path that will take you there. It was wise counsel that changed the way we lived. Thanks for sharing the tips you have learned.

  6. Great post and an excellent reminder that ‘I don’t want to do my plan. I want to do your plan!’ That’s who it is all about…Him, not us. All the best to you as you seek His kingdom and His righteousness in 2018, Karen.
    Visiting from Writer Wednesday.

  7. ‘I don’t want to do my plan. I want to do your plan!’ Those can be hard statements to make, but such wonderful ones. You’re right that often we need a new perspective and taking that attitude should do it. Thanks, Karen.

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