We have all sat down and made plans. Plans to take a trip, plans to remodel our home, plans to reach our career goals, plans to live somewhere, plans to marry, plans to have children. Yes, the human life is full of plans. But, what about the times when we plan something and it doesn’t even come close to going that way? What do we do then?
I had plans to be a superstar in radio broadcasting and on my way to doing voice-over work for Dreamworks Pictures. I even tried to find contact information for John Lasseter, he is the Chief Creative Oficer for Pixar. I figured if I could send him an email or find a contact number to speak to him, I could show him my passion and my plans to get to Pixar or Dreamworks for voicing over a cartoon would be millions of steps closer. But, that is not how it goes in life. Getting to our plans takes work. It takes sacrifice. And still other times, our plans are not the plans of God and we end up going in a completely different direction.
What happens when our plans get completely thrown off track? I will never reach my goal of Dreamworks or a major voice-over contract from the small village of Montevideo, Minnesota. Will that dream just have to be put on the shelf to collect dust and I can stare at it and be disappointed that I never reached it, or do I completely let it go? I have opted for the latter of the two.
In The Bible In Proverbs 3:5-6 God tells us that He knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and give us hope and a future. Romans 8:28 assures us that “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
This got me thinking, what is my true purpose? Are my plans more important than God’s plans? I am nowhere near my plans for my life, but this is the life that I am given. It is not my life, see? This life we live, we are GIVEN this life. It is not ours. We need to align our plans with God’s plans in order to see how great and awesome this life can be.
Does this mean that we will see plenty of money and great riches and all of humanity will revere us and we will be like kings among men? No. Certainly it does not. God sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world in the most lowly, servanthood way! Do you think that He will grant you riches and prestige among men to reach His Purpose? Sure. It may end up being a bi-product, but it will more than likely will not be granted to fill God’s Purpose in the world. And if you are granted everything this world has to offer and you have no worries of getting what you want I want to caution you, do not let it take your eyes off of Jesus Christ. Falling away because of fame and fortune is a hardcore lesson in life that will rock you to the core. But, sometimes we have to be brought to the lowly place of servanthood to realize what God is doing through us.
I am a cashier at our local Walmart. I have a college degree with a 3.8 GPA that I received from Brown College ten years ago and I am a cashier at Walmart. Do you understand? Greatness in the eyes of humanity in this life may not be in God’s plan. My plan was to be revered in radio broadcasting or voice-over work by now. I am almost 39 years old and I have one of the lowest servanthood jobs a person can ever imagine. Walmart takes its hits on a variety of different areas because of what the media feeds people. They are known to be a big bad wolf. I am here to tell you, I am doing God’s work in Walmart in Montevideo, Minnesota every single day!
God sends people to me in different circumstances every single day I am there. Sometimes it is to celebrate with them. Sometimes I give them words of encouragement because they are going through a hard time. Still other times I am there to show them that just because a person has a disability doesn’t mean that they need to be placed in 24-hour care with nurses and doctors and constant physical therapy. There are still those around who see me and say things like, “It is so great to see you out and about and living life outside of a hospital.” Yes, it has been said to me. But, I simply smile and show them God’s Love. Would I be doing this if I had fulfilled my own plans? More than likely not. I may have ended up a big jerk who bossed people around and I may be grumpy all the time and think I am the king of the world. In my servant position at Walmart, I know that I am a servant of the world and my attitude is 90% of what people see.
So, what plans are you reaching toward today? Are they plans that will make the world a greater place, or are they plans that will give you a greater place in life? If they include great money and prestige I urge you to not lose sight of yourself and others. I urge you to remember that whatever your great position may be, it is there to serve others. If you find that you are losing your purpose, try moving towards God’s plans. You may be surprised where His Plans can take you. They may be to heights you never dreamed possible.