Living on the Edge

Sometimes, our best laid plans lie crumpled at our feet.

Crumpled PlansYou know the feeling? You put together a plan for a selected time period, and then “Bamm!” something happens to change your world.

Sometimes it’s as simple as getting sick (as has happened these past 10 days), other times it’s an unplanned expense when something breaks and your checking account looks like an emergency room, and then other times it’s the simple adjustment to schedule that leaves a large portion of life undone.

Of course, Dave Ramsey has a solution for unplanned expenses!

“An emergency fund is Murphy Repellent. Ever notice when you are broke everything is an emergency?” ~Dave Ramsey

When working on the Y2K event, we asked the question with every project plan, “What happens if you get hit by a Mack truck?” In other words, what are your contingency plan if something takes a key player out of the picture?

The poetry books of the Old Testament talk a lot about plans, and this is one of my favorite scriptures from Solomon.

A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV)

When our life is in the directed steps of God, then our plans are merely the way we “thought” we would be doing something! You see, this goes along with one of the most quoted scriptures from Solomon’s dad, King David, and one of my most referenced scriptures when thinking about life in general.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. (Psalms 37:23-25 NKJV)

The one thing I would have you think today, there is no such thing as an emergency alternate pathway that God doesn’t have our success in mind. It’s all in how we chose to look at the situation, and how we move from the plan adjustment.

I simply leave a crumpled plan in the corner room of my mind and move on. Next!

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