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!”