Week 32 Thursday

Good Planning

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 16

Key verse: Proverbs 16:3

     There are a few “free spirits” among us – you know, the ones who fly by the seat of their pants and can’t ever be pegged down to exactly what they are going to do or when they are going to do it.

     But most of us have to plan.

     We may not be organizational or efficiency experts and our best laid plans may still go awry.  But we take a shot at it – and usually things work out o.k.

     Wouldn’t it be great if what we planned also coincided perfectly with the universe?  Wouldn’t it be exciting to feel that each step we took – in our personal, family, and work lives – just “fit” with some larger plan of the cosmos?

     Turns out, we can have exactly that.  Proverbs tells us how:

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Isn’t that great?

If we are just humble and willing enough to pray that what we do is according to God’s will, we are promised that even though we aren’t perfect, things will unfold just as they should.

It may not seem so at the time; we may wonder what God is thinking – but in the end – it will all make perfect sense.

It’s the part of the Lord’s Prayer that goes like this:

“Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

It’s aligning our plans, big and small, with the plans of the Creator of the universe.

How could anything go wrong when we do that?

Prayer: Lord, align my plans with yours, every day.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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