Stop Planning

Yeah, you read that correctly. Stop planning.

Let me explain.

As a society, we hold planners in fairly high regard. After all, planning is a mark of preparedness and ambition. It demonstrates organization and a pursuit of excellence. Scripture even tells us that all things are to be done “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).

On the flip side, we generally hold those “non-planners” in kind of a low regard. We esteem those who fail to plan thoroughly enough as not having an orderly life. Essentially, we view it as a problem to fix.

The book of Proverbs tells us that while diligence and fruitfulness go hand in hand, failure to plan and lack of patience lead only to poverty (Proverbs 21:5).

Personally, I love planning. I like to get my ideas out there and figure out how I’m going to make them a reality. To do that, I need to do some planning. After all, ideas are only as good as their implementation.

But many times our planning can become our biggest road-block. Sometimes we have our church services so planned out that we don’t leave room for the Holy Spirit to move as He pleases. We spend countless hours planning each minute, sometimes forgetting the real purpose behind it all.

Psalms 127:1 reminds us that you can plan all you want, but if it’s not backed by God it’s a useless endeavor (Also, see Proverbs 16:9, 19:21).

PSALMS 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

My challenge for you is to be diligent in preparing, but don’t insist on a concrete plan. Instead, be ready! Have a plan in hand and make it excellent. But remember that God sees the big picture. He knows what we need and what our churches need. Ultimately, our plan is just a starting point for whatever God has in store.

PROVERBS 16:3Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Trust me when I say that God’s plan is infinitely sweeter than anything we can imagine.