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Giving God Your Plans

By Mark Adams | 03.30.11

There’s a story about Dr. Harold C. Urey, a Nobel Prize-winning Chemist, who was walking along one day at the university, when he bumped into another professor friend. The two had a nice chat, made some small talk, and shared a couple of inside jokes about the university. Once they deemed it was time to be on their separate ways, Dr. Urey said to the other professor, “John, which way was I walking when I bumped into you?” “That way,” said the other, pointing in a particular direction. “Oh good,” said Dr. Urey, as he went on his way, “That means I’ve already had my lunch. Have a pleasant afternoon.”

Do you ever suddenly stop and think to yourself, “What exactly am I doing with my life?” Sometimes it’s a surprising comment from a child that makes us think, or maybe it’s a set of plans gone sour, but from time to time, we all have experiences that make us wonder what it is that God wants us to be doing in this life. It really isn’t good enough to just wander around, not knowing our origin or destination. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Have you ever tried envisioning your life in terms of what God is wanting to accomplish? If you were going to commit this afternoon to God, what would that look like? If your family dinner was an act of service to God, what would be different about it? If you were to commit your time on Facebook to serving God today, what would that look like? If your morning drive to work was primarily about serving the Lord, what would you do differently?

Let us commit our plans to the Lord; and not just our big dreams, but also our day to day activities. Let’s not just wander aimlessly, but let us be intentional about who we are and what we do. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).”


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