In part 1 I softly tackled the subject ‘writing down your future established blessings’. In where I mainly shared stories about my experiences. In this second part, I would like to talk about writing down plans. Plans and goals. And hopefully motivate you to do so too. Let’s start at Proverbs 13:16, where the bible kind of calls us Fools when we don’t think ahead or in other words: when we don’t plan. It says: “A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!”
YOLO! Do you remember that? Were you yelling that too? You, fool! Haha no, just kidding. I of course also have said YOLO several times. In my surroundings it was mostly used as an excuse to do something without thinking twice about it, to do something without planning. But I prefer the reality of this motto. You Only Live Once to me means exactly what it says. To not waste time on foolishness, to not waste time at all and to live this life that you only live once to the fullest. And I understand everybody has their own way of living life to the fullest. Yet as Christians I think we strive to live the life God has called us to, to the fullest. As good as we can. So that when we meet Him we may hear Him say those delightful and comforting words: “well done, good and faithful servant”. And part of living that life He has for us, as mentioned, is by thinking ahead.
I remember the times I wrote down my goals, mostly with new year’s. And now I remember I even made Prayer & Blessing Jars with the Sunday school kids. We wrote our prayers on separate pieces of paper and put them in the Prayer Jar. And when they have come to happen we put the prayer in the Blessing Jar, for it has become a blessing. I also remember I even presented them in front of the church and gave my testimony of my blessed year. I think I did it twice! Haha, wow, memories are flashing back.. I should start doing that again actually. I always loved looking back at the prayers God turned into blessings. I still have my paper lists, with the year on top and my prayers, plans and goals for the year below. Among which several life goals; goals about school, ministry, relationships and others. No small thing. When I go through these lists I am reminded of how Faithful God is to me. But if I hadn’t had anything written down, I probably wouldn’t have been able to realize all that God had helped me through. Which now encourages me to dream bigger and write new things down.
Proverbs 16:1-4 – “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives. Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be achieved. The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose – even the wicked for the day of disaster.”
Now, I showed what the bible says and discussed the reason that motivates me even more. The amazing thing about this planning and writing down your goals, is that in the end God’s will and His plan for you will always prevail. Pastor Michael Todd said in one of his sermons: “Our plan is always plan B. God has a different plan.. plan A.” So in other words, the whole The Italian Job plan you made, may simply just become the Ocean’s Eleven plan.
Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.”
Two things you shouldn’t fear. First: I understand some plans you want to keep for yourself and some definitely should. But there are times where it’s surely fine and even good to ask for counsel (Proverbs 15:22). Second: when you’re about to put your first words on paper, please pray about it. Acknowledge Him, ask Him to guide you through this process of writing, ask Him to speak to you, to your heart, to your spirit. Don’t fear that you’ll do something that isn’t His will. Because when you acknowledge Him, He will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:6). He got you.
Don’t be afraid to write things down. It’s OK to plan. The bible not only tells us to, but also guides us when we go through a spiral of feelings. And for me, especially when I start overthinking. Put your plan on paper, your goals, your prayers, your wishes. Pray about it and write it all down. Because in the end we may plan all we want, but His plan for us, His purpose, His will alone, will prevail. The beauty and perfection of this is, that it is what we want. Right?