Are you committed to your daily planner?
I start every year with good intentions. I buy the “perfect” planner. This year I even bought stickers, stamps, and decorative tape. Really. I love all those cute planner posts I see on Pinterest and in my head, I want one that beautifully documents my days.
But in reality, I hate my handwriting. I’m not artistically inclined. I’m not good at following structure. And I hate making mistakes that mess up perfect pages.
So, my planner is mostly naked as I end up moving through most days freely unscheduled.
Those of you careful planners are probably shaking your head feeling just a little sad for people like me who just can’t get our acts together.
I want to. Really I do. I’ve tried . . . repeatedly.
I’ve taken the Franklin Covey course and tried to learn from perfect planner people. Still anything past scheduling appointments and a few absolute must dos . . . my planner remains clean.
What does all of this have to do with freedom?
I am giving myself planner freedom. Freedom to pray and ask God to guide me and help me use my time well and if using my planner is part of that, I’m praying He will guide me there as well.
Everyone wants a piece of our time. It’s our most precious commodity. Employers, spouses, children, parents, friends, and yes, even the family pets have an opinion about how we use our time.
It is impossible to please everyone.
As part of The Faith Project – I’m looking at my freedom to plan.
First, I’m going back to my purpose.
Last summer I wrote a Personal Mission Statement.
To love God completely with all my mind and my emotions. To spend time every day in prayer and Bible study. To know Him that I might know His will. To get enough rest, eat a healthy diet, and exercise so I’ll have the strength to love and care for the people in my life. To never stop learning, spend face to face time with friends and family, and treat everyone (even me) with kindness and forgiveness. To celebrate each day’s blessings and glorify God with gratitude for His loving care. I will do this with God’s help and by His grace.
Then I’ll add prayer.
Asking God to show me His plans for me and listening for God’s voice. I don’t want to settle for my good and miss out on His best.
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. Proverbs 16:1
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
The Bible consistently speaks of how much God loves us and that He has plans for us. I don’t want to miss out on His plans because I’m too focused on my own.
But it’s hard isn’t it? Knowing God’s will and consistently following it?
That’s where once again God’s grace prevails.
The Lord will work out His plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalm 138:8
God covers my planner with His grace. He knows how I want to live for His glory. He knows I won’t do it perfectly. He knows the needs of the people around me. Jesus knows it’s hard when people are pressing in. He’s been there.
What did He do to plan His days?
He got away with His Father.
He took the time to rest.
That’s my goal. Spend time with the Father. Get the rest I need. And love. Then I’m free to grab my planner and write out my messy life. I’m going to try to come to peace with scribbles and less than perfect pages and focus on the living out over the writing about.
I’m praising and thanking God for the gift of time and for the freedom to plan knowing His grace covers the imperfections.
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