Your Plans or God's Plans?
To get to success, you need a plan. Fortunately, human beings are planners. And at some point you may find yourself asking, "Is this my plan or God's plans?"
A few things to consider regarding the plans we make:
The first is that we do need to make a plan. The classic gospel tract begins with the sentence, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for you life." God has a plan for us but we also need to make plans for ourselves. Some of us are inclined to elaborate plans with detailed lists of objectives and specific timetables. Other just have a vague sense of how they expect things to work out. Whatever our temperament, one way or another we need to make a plan.
The next consideration is that we need to examine our plan. Our plans are never as perfect or a pure as we would like to think. We can't see what God sees. We don't know our heart as God knows our heart. We have a capacity for self-deception. We want to examine our plans in light of God's word and God's wisdom, not to abandon our plans, but to improve them.
The last consideration is to commit our plans to God. Dwight L. Moody said, "Give your life to God. He can do more with it than you can." We commit our plans to God for two reasons. First, our plans have no chance of success unless God is in them. And second, the power of God can multiply the impact of our small plans and give them success beyond our wildest expectations.
To get to success, you need to plan. Before success, though, comes salvation. The most successful people I have known have been those who knew that success was not the most important thing. The most important thing was their faith in Jesus Christ, and the salvation they had through him, and the life they led as a result. Once they had that, they had all they needed. Once they had that, they were ready to make plans.