Dawn Tolbert

Writer
#366Days Believe Faith Reflections Writing

Life Planning #366Days Day 96

So, my friend Dana and I both got a book named Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. It’s a pretty cool guide to developing a life plan — identifying what’s truly important to me as an individual and then making sure I’m focusing my time on the right things. I’ve been — against the better advice of the authors — approaching the planning a little at a time, intermingling it between guitar practice, out-and-out lazy spells, and working on critiquing my friend’s book. (It’s such a good story that I’m having a hard time making myself do anything else.)

This afternoon, I have given in to my urge to read more of the book, and I found amid its pages a really awesome verse that maybe explains a little of my hesitancy at the whole life plan strategy. One of her characters referenced Proverbs 16:9, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

See, I have finished parts of the life plan — identifying my greatest goal (using my life, my money, my talents, and all that I am to bring glory to God), and I’ve thought through areas like family, finances, health, and work. But as I tried to work through the plan the words of Ephesians 3:20 sprang to mind. That verse reminds me that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or imagine” through “His power that is at work within me.”

More than I can imagine.

Part of the life plan-development process is envisioning the future. I have some areas where that’s easy, but when it comes to some areas — my writing for example and how I can use that to glorify Him — I have less of a clear picture and more of a willingness to simply offer that to God as a gift — my words, my thoughts, my writing placed in His strong and powerful hands. My prayer echoes Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth [and I always add my fingers since they do the typing :)] and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

I don’t know the plans God has for me, but Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that God does. And my guess is that those plans will be more amazing than anything I can dream up.

I still will finish the life plan document to help me flesh out the areas where I need to focus, but I want to spend more time praying through it, talking with the Author and Perfecter of my faith and getting His input.

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