Are you planning or preparing?

November 06, 2017 11:30 AM | Tina Cochran (Administrator)

All my life I’ve been told, “You have to make a plan”, “You have to have goals”, “You need to live up to your potential”…….

It’s a lie……

Life is not about goals, the long term plan, my potential, or a vision board of the future.  Life is about being.  All the stuff we hear that tells us to set SMART goals and then work towards those goals as the source of success is wrong. BUT.. That doesn’t mean we sit around and let life happen to us either. We have to prepare.

You see, the truth is God has a plan for each and every one of us. (For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)  So the plans WE make are really useless.  God is ultimately going to win in this world, whether we believe it or not.  His plan is done.  It was done the day Jesus said “It is finished”(John 19:30).  So why are we trying to change it?

BUT what about our free will?  We do have a will and a mind of our own.  We can rebel and go our own way.  We TRY to live our own plans and build our own potential and success.  We can try and for a time it seems like it’s working.  In the long run it won’t work.

It’s really about preparing.  Our job is to prepare to receive the blessing and plan God has for us. Our job is to listen, to study to grow and to prepare so that God’s plan can be worked out in us.  We need to focus on getting to know God and build a relationship with him so we can be prepared for every twist and turn in his plan.  By keeping a focus on him we develop a “listening ear” that makes us sensitive to his guidance.  He’s the one with the plan anyway, why not listen to him?

Preparing to receive is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.  It often feels backwards to everything I’ve been taught about the path to success and happiness in this world.


"Put  on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" 
Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)

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