Week 32: Good Plans

Today’s Text: Proverbs 16

Key Text: Proverbs 16:3

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

How are you when it comes to planning?

Are you organized? Do you see things through? Are you consistent and trustworthy? Do you set things in careful order – then set your priorities – fill your DayTimer or Google Calendar – and get things done in the most efficient way possible?

These are the qualities that, especially in the business world, are highly valued.

“Time,” as they say – after all – “is money.”

In other circles, almost the opposite is true.

I know of persons of a certain “artistic” or “creative” temperament that won’t be caught dead using a PDA. “Calendar? Who needs one! I live for the moment! Can’t be tied down!” That’s their motto.

Again, in their own social and professional circle – if they have one – such a “free spirit” attitude is highly prized and admired.

Now, look again at the scripture above.

From the perspective of this proverb – planning is more than either a way to get things done – or something to avoid – in order to be a “free spirit.”

Planning is something you incorporate into your life with God – or at least you should.

There’s a promise here too.

Commit your plans and activities – whatever you do – to the LORD – in other words, do it to ultimately bring honor and glory to God – and those plans and activities will be “established.”

What does that mean? Words like secure, meaningful and worthwhile, of eternal significance and value, come to mind.

It seems to me that, whether you are particularly “organized” or not – you can’t do much better than that.

To-Do lists will come and go, so will the dates on our desktop calendars.

Committing our lives to serving and giving God glory – that will never be “out of date”.

Living like that, we can do things of eternal importance.

Sounds like a good plan to me.


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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