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Our Best-Laid Plans


Some of you say, "Today or tomorrow we will go… we will stay… we will do…"But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist.You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So instead you should say, "If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that."

James 4:13-17

[New Century Version]

Most folks in the 21st century live by their daily, monthly, and yearly planners. I admit that even before my new calendar goes up on the wall each January, I have already penciled in plans as far out as October!

We funny little humans seem to schedule ourselves into oblivion, running from one thing to the next. Yet, we rarely stop to think about the fact that all of our best-laid plans could come screeching to a halt in a blink of an eye. Sadly, when those roadblocks eventually do appear on our pathway, we tend to respond with irritation or even anger; some of us grow despondent and throw a pity party for ourselves when things do not turn out the way we have planned, while others of us simply try to push through it as though nothing can stop us.

The thing is if we're honest with ourselves, we really have very little control over our lives. It's great to make plans and keep schedules, but it is equally important to remember, as we fill in those calendars, that when it really boils down to it, today - this moment - is all that we've been guaranteed. What happens tomorrow is not ours to control. That is why it is imperative that we take our plans, our dreams, our hopes, our agendas and our calendars and lay them in the hands of the One who does know what tomorrow will bring.

Entrusting our moments, our days, and our years to His care, frees us up to begin living again in the here and now; it restores a sense of wonder and renews an attitude of gratefulness for the things that we so often take for granted.

Things like:

  • Eyes that provide us the privilege of watching God paint a sunset in yellows and pinks and oranges
  • Ears that allow our spirits to be stirred by the beauty of a violin concerto
  • Limbs that can move and dance
  • Food in our cupboards and an appetite and taste-buds to enjoy every morsel

It also helps us appreciate all the more -

  • the Heavenly Father's patient, inexhaustible love
  • the Savior's selfless example and precious gift of redemption
  • the Spirit's constant guidance, comfort, creativity and conviction
  • the hope of eternity when this life is through
  • Help me, Lord, to live in the moment of each new day and find something for which I can be thankful!
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  • Julie


    I’m turning 62 this year. I can hardly believe it myself. But, I’ve decided that I no longer want to live comfortably. I want to live with a spirit of adventure like I had in the past. To be unafraid of what’s new or different. I want to remain so open to the Spirit of the living God that his love compels me to go wherever he leads me.
  • LuAnn


    I am passionate about people leaning into all that Jesus is. You. Me. Us. Journeying together with God. This is my greatest blessing. And now that my kiddos are out on their own, I’m learning to navigate my new normal. And I am finding there is life after little ones and teens after all!
  • Emilie


    I am currently finishing my degree in relational communications and plan to graduate in the spring of 2020!! I am thankful I have had time to grow, heal, appreciate a slower pace of living, and to invest more time into relationships with family, friends, and God. Through this process I am learning what I want to prioritize in my life and figuring out ways to make that happen. Most of all, I am figuring out that life is all about process, taking steps closer to where I want to be and celebrating the little victories but also accepting that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way.
  • Sally


    Sally Cranham is a singer and writer from the UK. She uses biblical narrative and her own experience to write deeply into the heart of the human condition. She currently works as a volunteer for SourceMN as their Arts Outreach Coordinator and has lived as a Residential Volunteer at Source’s anti-trafficking transitional annex alongside women who have come out of the life of prostitution.
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