Something to Think About – 2023.02.24

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:12

People who know me are aware that I’m a planner; I just give the appearance of shooting from the hip.

I have spreadsheets for six months of sermons and the entire year plotted out. I have “To-Do” lists, and methodically put away money for tuition, weddings, retirement, etc. Even sermons are prepped “six ways to Sunday” (pun completely intentional) as I have my rituals of reflection, writing, and practice. Some may even think I’m a little excessive or even obsessive when they learn of all the moving parts and balls in the air.

Here’s the secret. I plan because I know and trust that 42 has PLANs that supersede mine. Out of nowhere comes something or someone to disrupt the schedule, an inspiration from out of left field that changes a sermon an hour before service, a funeral, building collapse (yes, that has actually happened), or pandemic.

No problem; 42’s got this!

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

“Trust and Obey” (John H. Sammis, 1887)

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