Making Plans

Someone in the crowd said, “If you want to see God smile, just tell Him your plans!”  The others laughed.  I didn’t.  I thought about people who have to plan every day, in many different areas, because of their responsibilities as “global leaders”.

As leaders, we are expected to make, work and evaluate plans.  Those plans will help solve problems, strengthen organizations, or expand your efforts.

Plans are what we live by.

Plans define who we are.

Plans show where we are going.

But, God also has a plan for each of us, and His plan beats out our plan every time.  The wisest man who ever lived told us, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  (Proverbs 19:21)

So, how should that affect my planning?

1.  I need to spend a lot of time talking with God as I work through the dreams, problems or opportunities that require me to plan.

2. I need to be ready for my plans to be changed by God, either in a positive or negative way.

3. I need to relax and trust God, that if He gave me the dream, problem or opportunity, then He will cause all things to work out for the best.

A leader cannot fail to remember that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose!”

 

About

Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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