Surrender Your Plans| By Jasmine Beard

“Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:13-14 (NLT)

I love planning! The process of writing everything out and dreaming of how things will be after they occur. For the most part, I have always thought my gift of planning ahead was a good thing. It is a good thing until something like Covid-19 comes in and throws a wrench into my perfect yet imperfect plans.

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.’” Habakkuk 2:2 (NLT)

Ever since reading Habakkuk 2:2 and getting a mentor in late 2017, I have been adamant about goal setting and living a life with vision.

Maybe you are the same way! Maybe you are not as rigid in your thinking or do not write out a set of goals each year, but you make major plans each year!

Did you plan a dream vacation for this year?

Did you plan on a career change this year?

Did you plan your wedding for this year?

Whatever your plans were for this year, I know Covid-19 threw a wrench in your plans and that they are either on hold or canceled.

Goals and plans are incredible things, but we should always be aware that life and circumstances can change in an instant.

As you make your plans, make sure that you are making room for the Holy Spirit to change and tweak those plans. Also, leave room for the unexpected curveballs life often brings, but God often uses to teach us powerful lessons.

The truth is we are not in control, and no matter how on top of our game we may think we are, we cannot change the pandemic that is going on around us or control everything that happens in our lives.

Things that you can control:

1.) Your attitude

What has been your attitude through the pandemic of Covid-19? Have you fought the inevitable by fussing and being upset at everyone because your life got turned up-side down? Or are you embracing the fact that you cannot change the shutdown and enjoying more quality time with God and your family?

2.) Filling your spirit with God’s truth

What are you allowing to fill your mind at this time? There are so many stories and so much news coverage at this time. It can be tempting to allow news coverage to fill our minds with anxieties and false realities. Instead, choose to fill yourself with the truth of God’s word by studying the Bible and spending time in prayer.

3.) Showing others how much you care

We are all in this pandemic apart but together. We can either choose to look at our failed plans or loss of a job, or choose to fix our eyes on others who may need us at this time. When was the last time you reached out to someone via a phone call instead of pouting and wishing someone would call you instead? A simple gesture of calling someone has the potential to brighten and change the trajectory of their day. Make the first move, and I promise as you reach out and share God’s love with others that your own issues will seem much smaller.

While much of this pandemic is out of your control, my prayer for you is that you would focus on what you can control: your attitude, the truth you let inside, and on loving others. Together we will get through this!

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