The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:1-3 ESV)
There is nothing wrong with making plans.
Likewise there is nothing wrong with seeking a way to improve your life. In fact whether it’s at work, at home or elsewhere we are engaging in the development or fulfilment of somebody’s plan. That plan may have been yours. It could have been a friend’s. It might be a plan set up by your parents. It indeed could be a plan of society to conform to how they want you to behave.
Whether it’s a plan for the working day, or the plan for where to go for holidays we’re always making plans and those who have garnered success in life have to some degree done it by a plan – maybe not a mega-overarching plan for everything, but certainly a plan for steps within the journey – a plan for the way in some degree.
Some plans are good, some are bad. Some work out really well and others suffer the fate of the complete flop. It doesn’t stop us make plans, but do we learn from the experience?
The writer of Proverbs knows a thing or two about plans. The key to the success of the plans he put together was being connected to the source of wisdom to guide the making of the plan. It’s one thing to be a great king, leader, boss and chief executive – reaching that status and maintaining it is about ensuring you’re planning with the Master Planner.
That mind-set is something worth taking into account when we look for the way to a better life.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden