True Confessions of a Planner

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Posted in Devotional

True Confessions of a Planner

I wish I could be more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, spontaneous person, but alas, I'm a planner. When I was in high school, I planned on going to college, meeting the man of my dreams, and being married by 21 — 23 at the latest — and being done having kids by my late 20s.

(Obviously, God's plan for me was completely different than mine.)

I plan out my weekly schedule so I know what evening/weekend activities my husband and I have going on, how early/late I'll be going into work, when I'm going to squeeze in exercising (and what type of exercise on which day), who's on dog walking duty, and a general idea of what'll be for dinner and who's making it.

But as much as I like to plan, I know there are some things I can't plan because it's out of my control. The weather here in Colorado, for instance, keeps you on your toes. It can be 65 degrees and beautiful one day, and the very next day, you can wake up to 6 inches of snow and a high of 8 degrees.

As with every new year that comes, it is common to make resolutions and plans for the things we want to accomplish during those 365 days. I will be more diligent in studying the scriptures. I will exercise regularly and lose X amount of pounds. I will find a better job. I will spend with time with my kids. I will attend more church activities. I will travel to a new country. This list could go on and on. (Note: These aren't my actual resolutions.)

As I have learned, I can't do any of these things without God present in my life. He needs to be the one to give me the drive and desire to want to exercise or to attend more church events. And God needs to be included in any planning that I do. I don't think He minds what I choose to make for dinner or whether I run or do yoga on a particular day, but when it comes to finding a job or a career or the desire to read more scripture, God needs to take the chief seat.

We may not have a crystal ball that can tell us the future, but God knows what the future holds, and His plan is always perfect. God is the best decision maker, so why not have Him be your planner for you?

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