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Surrender Your Plans

Surrender Your Plans

Proverbs 19:21(NLT) - You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

I once heard a preacher say; "If you want to make God laugh, show Him your plans." I can count on one hand how many times things in my life turned out exactly the way I planned. Sometimes they did but most times they did not. It took me a while but I finally accepted the fact that I don't have the privilege of making plans that God has to follow. In contrast, He makes the plans and I have the privilege of following them.

For instance, after flying through my tertiary education at a torrid pace I had three degrees by the age of 23. I planned to keep up the pace in my career and make tremendous strides at a very young age. Instead, I ran on the corporate treadmill to nowhere for almost twelve years before God's divine intervention. Had it been up to me, I would have been much further along as a professional. However, during that season of professional stagnation, I made substantial progress as a minister of the gospel. Among the highlights; I established The Cracked Door, wrote five books and along with my wife, started The Body Church. Obviously, God had me right where He wanted me and His priority continues to be what I do for His Kingdom before anything else.

Proverbs 16:9(NLT) - We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

What about you? Which of your plans are you still holding on to even though they're obviously not happening? Note the key distinction between your plans and God's. You must make your own plans happen and God must make His. If both plans are pitted against each other Who do you think will win? Now extrapolate that over an entire lifetime. It could get pretty frustrating, huh? It's like swimming against the current yet you continue to move in the direction of the current just as fast as if you were simply floating. The only thing you will accomplish from that exercise is a good workout.

When I completed my undergraduate degree I planned to attend UC Berkeley in California where I would complete a PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural. Everything went according to plan until UC Berkeley said no thank you to my application. In rapid succession, my Plan B; Stanford and Plan C; California Institute of Technology followed suit. So, I accepted my fate and waved goodbye to my plans to move to California and live the West Coast life. Thankfully, I also applied to my alma mater Georgia Tech and they accepted me for the MSCE program. I tried so hard to leave Atlanta but had little choice but to hang around. The rest is history.

Mark 14:36(KJV) - And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

What's your story? Still trying to pack up and leave where you are and move somewhere on the other side of the country or perhaps the world? Still want to pursue a certain relationship regardless of whether or not it's in God's plan for your life? Still attending a church because you like it instead of finding where you fit in The Body of Christ? When your plans and God's plans are the same you can be assured that they will work out well. That's the best and most efficient way to live. Surrender your plans today.

Jesus showed a momentary display of human weakness when He thought about the possibility of not going to the cross. However, He quickly corrected Himself and accepted God's plan for His life. Hence, there's room for your human nature to struggle with the thought of putting your dreams aside to complete God's dream for your life. However, when you're finished struggling, the end of your struggle should match that of Jesus. You should declare from your heart, "Not my will but Your Will be done, Lord." He accepted the Will of God for His life and carried out what The Father required of Him. The struggle was over for Him. It's also over for me. I want to do God's Will. What about you?

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