I Have A Plan (part 3): "For I know the plans I have for you, they are plans to prosper you, not to harm you; to give you a hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11. Today I was thinking about how it feels so good to have everything figured out! Making plans that make sense to us feels good. Finishing a planned task empowers us to move forward. But what if your plans have to be changed? Is that frustrating or discouraging and make you want to throw your hands up in the air? At times, I like to think I'm close enough to God to make good plans that He would choose for me as well. Soon, I return to my humbled position as I see His plan turned out better, of course I was upset because I wanted to feel competant and I like the feeling of accomplishment. But where does that leave my Ultimate Path Provider? Just like we have it backwards: praying when we can't think of anything else to do, when it should've been done first, we have planning backwards too. Life requires planning, God requires faith. How can we balance the two? I believe humility in relationship with Jesus will cause us to relinquish that privilage to God and retire our plans to be backup plans. It's like being in contant waiting on your assignment, which is hard, I don't like God to wait till last minute. But we should always be open to Him changing our plans, if we don't sense His alternative, we can go forward in faith with our own plans. Our planning isn't evil, its our unwillingness to be reminded that we don't know everything about the way things should go for us, that leads to evil. Resolve to be the backup planner of your life!