Those are some scary words to pray. It’s like praying for patience.
Yet, I am certain this is where the growth will be discovered in my life this year. I recently discovered and started using Wunderlist, a task management tool. As much as I like the idea of using a tool to help organize and keep me on task, I know the biggest growth opportunities the Lord has planned for me this year won’t be found on my Wunderlist. Nope, I won’t find it planned out and scheduled nicely on a list.
Significant growth will be found when I hand my plans over to the Lord and allow Him to add and delete things as I go about my day.
This is a lesson I have had to learn over and over in my life. When I first started leading small groups, I was an enthusiastic rule follower. I wasn’t a “born” leader. It’s not one of my spiritual gifts. So, sticking to a strict schedule was my comfort zone. Schedules and clocks still tend to be my comfort zone. During my first few years of leading, if something would happen in my group that caused us to deviate from the plan…I would freak out. Maybe not so much on the outside, but on the inside I was wiggin!
Yet, it was during the detours from the plan when the Lord seemed to grow my heart the most. I have learned that it’s good to have a schedule but when your boss is God then it is to your advantage to learn to be a little more flexible with your plans. Because, sometimes, God would reveal a more important issue. Sometimes, God would put hurting people in the middle of my well organized plan. My plan wasn’t the plan.
I learned that God’s Wunderlist is beautiful and well worth the detour.
Imagine that. 🙂
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