Quit telling me God has a plan.

A good friend sent me a text last week asking, “How did you make big life decisions like moving and getting an adult job?” I thought it was funny because in most ways I’m still making the big life decisions that come with graduating college. I’m living in the same Tallahassee home I’ve lived in all year and have yet to choose my next move. 

I sent an essay response to her single sentence question loaded with my first thoughts on the topic. She thanked me and responded, “I swear if one more person tells me that God knows the plans he has for me… I’m going to punch them in the jugular. Good intentions. And I know ultimately I need to trust God. But that doesn’t help me actually make a decision.”

The jugular? Pretty extreme I suppose, but I think I agree.

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Those of us approaching big transitions (which is most people I talk to) ask this sort of question all the time.

“What am I supposed to do with the next 30 years of my life? What has God destined me to do? What does ‘destined’ even mean? Should I take this job or that job? Major in engineering or social work? Move to Nashville or Atlanta?”

There are a million good choices at every turn, how exactly do you make a decision?

Like my jugular-punching friend, there’s one answer that crawls under my skin like no other. It’s the “God-has-a-plan-for-you, Jeremiah-something-or-another, just-give-it-up-to-Jesus” response.

Usually it comes from a well-meaning source, but there are a few problems.

I know God has a plan. I’m fully aware he’s in control of everything—including my future—but in the past when I’ve told people, “I’m waiting for the Lord to show me what to do” I more honestly meant, “I’m too scared to make a decision so I’m just going to not make one until it’s made for me.” 

You want to know God’s plan? Here it is. Love God, love other people, make disciples. (Luke 10:27, Matthew 28:19) Really, that’s it. He’s already told us the plan through his Word, there’s no need to search for his will anymore.

Want to know God’s plan specifically for you? Figure out how He uniquely designed you, then use that God-given design to go love Him, love other people and make disciples. There’s a reason you’re a natural at some things and suck at others, you’ve been purposed for something awesome and He has given you everything you need to start living it.

“Well what if I don’t know what I’m good at?”

Start asking some questions. What inspires you? What things, when you’ve done them in the past, give you a profound feeling of purpose? Those are probably really good hints towards what you should pursue. You’re not going to have every answer, but building a future using your specific strengths and passions is following God’s will.

Close friends make a world of difference here too. Your friends—if they’re being honest—can tell you truths about yourself you may or may not see. Give them the chance to do so and return the favor. Somewhere along the way you’ll both discover how you’ve been purposed, from there it’s time to actually start doing it.

In his book Love Does, Bob Goff poses three simple questions that will change everything about building your future if you embrace them honestly. He writes:

“Tell me about the God you love. Tell me about what He has inspired uniquely in you. Tell me what you’re going to do about it.”

If I’m not willing to risk making a decision, I’ll be stuck stressfully chasing an imaginary rabbit of ‘destiny’ while living outside of God’s actual design. Blaming my indecisiveness on God is a surefire way to avoid responsibility for my decisions and do a whole lot of nothing. Instead, I’m choosing to take ownership of my future.

I’m choosing to start living towards how I think God has designed me and figuring the rest out along the way. Sayings that sound good on Hallmark cards amount to dust when it’s game time and the ball is flying my way. So I’m going to swing the best I’ve learned how. If it works, great. If not, I learn more about failure and Grace along the way. I’ll stand up and swing again.

Love God, love people, make disciples. That’s God’s plan, let’s go do it.

 


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67 thoughts on “Quit telling me God has a plan.”

  1. Well done, young man! You hit the nail on the head with this quote:

    “You want to know God’s plan? Here it is. Love God, love other people, make disciples. (Luke 10:27, Matthew 28:19) Really, that’s it. He’s already told us the plan through his Word, there’s no need to search for his will anymore.”

    I honestly saw the headline of your blog on a Facebook post and figured it would be a very negative bashing post, but was pleasantly surprised at your well thought out, scriptural-based post. As a discipler myself, I applaud you…may you be covered in the dust of your Rabbi, always!

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    1. I think one major thing that was missed in this post and your comment was prayer. The bible is the word of God that does speak directly to us. However it is much more a general way to know who he is and what he wants. To have a fuller experience we need to make time to go to him in prayer and to listen to what he has to tell us. As one girl alluded to in the comments, a decision may look good on paper but God may have a very different thing in Ming for you. In short, walk with faith and every word of God and pray often to maintain your relationship with him.

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      1. He (our God) has already laid everything out for us. He has equipped us for every work that we may accomplish in his name. The whole point of this post is that you don’t have to wait for God’s voice anymore. He has already spoken.

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  2. Wow! This was incredible! I’ve been experiencing exactly what was talked about in this post. Trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing has been such a struggle lately, but this article voiced exactly what I had been thinking. Thank you!

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  3. Thank you thank you thank you! Added confirmation to what God was already showing me. Lately a valued older adult in my life told me the person I was dating is a “really great guy”, but that God revealed to her (in no specific way she can explain) that marrying him “Isn’t God’s will”, there is “someone else God has destined for me” and I will ruin my life if I veer off God’s perfect plan. My boyfriend is an amazing man of God and our love is based in that, and this pressure has been horrible, feeling like maybe God really does have only one plan and even though I 100% believe I’m doing the right thing I might be wrong and ruin two lives. I do not believe God is like that at all, and this helped relieve my anxiety even more! Thank you!

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    1. My favorite response to people who have said things like that to me, is “why is God telling you when he can just tell me directly?” I get suspicious of divine messages like that – whether it’s someone I trust or not.

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  4. Yes!

    In “Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will,” Kevin DeYoung poses the notion that God has given us the abilities of logical reasoning and decision-making are a large part of his divine guidance in and of themselves. It matters not as much what we choose to do but rather if are we are obedient wherever we are and in whatever we are doing.

    But, I do think there’s a balance though. We can definitely seek God’s specific will while also not being paralyzed by “not seeing any signs.” And if nothing is clear, we can have faith that God is continuing to be sovereign no matter our choices. Most of the time in life, there is no clear right direction. Keep trusting and obeying. Kevin definitely leans on the more self-sufficient side of decision making, and I personally do as well. Something to keep in mind.

    Just Do Something – http://www.amazon.com/Just-Do-Something-Liberating-Approach/dp/0802458386

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    1. Yes! I was also going to recommend this book for the same reasons. I’d also like to add that people often seem to get paralyzed by searching for God’s will because they think that everything will be perfect and they won’t have any problems. I think this is especially true when talking to Christian young adults about finding “the one” that God has chosen for them. There are lots of people in this world to choose from and as Christians we should focus on 1) does this person love Jesus? 2) how is this person’s character? 3) is there enough chemistry to make us care about each other when life becomes routine? I think with those 3 things, it can work with just about anyone.

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  5. Love God and love people. Yes.

    When faced with the question of whether to move to Nashville or anywhere else, Nashville is always the answer 😉

    I’ve struggled with what God’s “purpose” is for me a good bit the past year, but you’re absolutely right: we were called to love and to serve, and everything else is side work. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. in seeking God’s purpose, it helps to be in a body that is utilizing all the gifts of the Spirit. We can only get so much on our own. When we seek God in truth, I think God does bring people into our lives and give us the opportunity to be with those who can help us find out more

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  6. Love this. I remember everyone asking “What are you going to do next?” as I was getting ready to graduate and it always stressed me the heck out not knowing *what* this illustrious next step should be. It’s been 7 years and I’m pretty much in the same place. Except one thing has changed – now I’m living
    into how He has uniquely designed me and trying to move forward and love others along the way.

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  7. Here is another thought on God’s plan for your life….if you cannot begin to get done, with out rushing or feeling stressed, with what you think you need to do in a day, then you have probably added a few responsibilities to your daily life that God did not mean for you to carry. Jesus never hurried, never didn’t take time for rest and prayer and fellowship. God made everything perfectly – if 24 hours is not enough time for you to get done what you think needs done in that 24 hour period (including rest, meals, and prayer) then you’ve added some things to the list that God did not have as part of His desire for you!

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  8. Alright, this question is for the author. It is not geared to start an argument, as I’m sure you’re not an apologist. I ask solely to encourage critical examination.

    So, Mr. Nations, outside of the usual “for-the-Bible-tells-me-so,” what is it that makes you think that God has a plan? What evidence of any sort of plan do you see?

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    1. While I’m not the author, I do have a testimony. Throughout my life I have gone through hardships that had the ability to try to paralyze me into not growing as a person. Even when I was not actively seeking God I still wanted his will. Through each of these trials he guided me through and taught me a lot about who I am and who he wants me to be. His plan is not a road map that you can exactly plan your route. It is trusting him that he knows what he is doing, and spending time talking with him (praying) to hear what he has to say about your situation. I would be a very different person if it were not for his effect on my life.

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  9. I don’t know you, but I just wanted to throw it out there that you’re a great writer! Thanks for contributing your thoughts – they make a lot of sense!
    -Audrey

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  10. Excellent! My perspective on this changed when I found 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for THIS is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.

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  11. I have feedback, but I don’t think people here will like it.
    When I was still a very devout Christian, I used to work at a fruit processing plant, a minimum wage summer job near my hometown. One of my coworkers was a fifteen year old kid who I really didn’t like at all. He made stupid jokes, smoked weed on his breaks, wore a snapback and a belt with a marijuana leaf buckle, thought he was cool and stylish, idolized singers like Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg, etc. I didn’t like him. I worked with him and other people for the summer, and then went back to college. About a year later I found out via facebook that a few weeks after we parted ways, he drowned in a creek near the town. I don’t know if he tried swimming while high or drunk, or if something else happened. I’m not making any of this up. It’s not a parable or a morality tale. It’s a real experience of somebody that I used to know.
    This event was one of several bricks in the road that led me out of Christianity. I had this question about it that I couldn’t answer: how can anyone say that God had a plan for that dumb teenager who drowned in a creek near an ugly little town called Toppenish, WA? How could anyone say that God had a destiny in mind for him?
    There wasn’t a plan. There wasn’t destiny. Any claims about destiny and divine plans strike me now as nothing more than wishful thinking.

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    1. http://kobescwrites93@gmail.com, I’m so sorry that this event led you AWAY from God. Whatever the circumstances that led to the tragic death of that young man, please know that we are given FREE WILL. More than likely, it was his life decisions that ultimately led him to the place in that creek. When you looked at him…..did you see the light of Jesus? He was obviously NOT functioning in his designed function at the time you knew him…or you would have seen something quite different. Who are we to question the creator of the universe’s plans? He can see the beginning and the end, all at the same time. I believe we should seek His will for our lives. I believe if we ask Him and listen for the still small voice (which is hard to hear in this world we live in these days) He will guide us. We were given the Holy Spirit as a helper that functions in that very way.
      I pray you find your way back to the Father. I think you will find, if you study the Word, and what it ACTUALLY says, rather than the shallow, watered down message you have probably previously understood, you will find the answers to the questions you had. Don’t give up on God.
      Please prayerfully reach out again. God doesn’t need you, He wants you.

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      1. Not that I expect to change your opinion, but:
        I remember the still small voice very well. Trouble with that voice is that it only tells you things that you already know and suspect. That was on of the realizations that hurt a lot, one of many. As for a watered-down message, well, over two and a half years I read through the Old Testament three times and the New Testament seven times. I was praying every day, seeking to commune with the Holy Spirit every day, communicating with pastors and the Christian community in that place frequently, journalling extensively through all of this. I was a leader myself, I had so many people looking up to me and coming to me for council on getting closer to God. At that time, the answer I would have given any of them is nearly identical to the one you’re giving me now. But when you devote yourself to something that much, and you try to put into it everything of yourself physically, spiritually, and intellectually, the realization that you were mistaken is earth-shattering. The transition of realizing how many lies I was getting from my community and from myself, the realization of how history had shaped the beliefs that came down to me from the millenia and how malleable human perceptions and thoughts really are, is the most painful thing I’ve dealt with. I’m so happy to be free of it though, free to follow a life of my own without being manipulated by the thought-controls of religion.

        Also, now that you’ve read this far, I’m gonna suggest that you my book, Tales of Cynings Volume I. It’s fantasy fiction. You can find it on Amazon.

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    2. We live in a fallen, broken, painful world that is the result of sin. God allows us a certain amount of free will and we generally exercise it to do evil and run from him. We generally cause our own pain as well, and shake our fist at God, even though it is simply consequences of bad choices. But random tragedy is harder to swallow, granted. We have to decide how to deal with it. God exists; we know that deep in our souls. When we get angry at him or try to make sense of painful situations like you described, sometimes our reaction is rejection or denial. I am sorry about your experience, but God did not cause it, nor is it evidence that there is no God. Creation is a more powerful proof of God, than the existence of evil being proof that there is no God. The real, loving relationship we can have with him through Jesus Christ is much more powerful than any pain. And pain is what we get in this world, no matter what we believe. For believers, we have the amazing promise of an eternity with him, without the presence of evil or pain. That outweighs this short, troublesome life. I pray that you will revisit your relationship with God sometime after the pain and anger subside. Praying for you now; hope you don’t mind.

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    3. You could say the same thing about someone’s parents. Many parents have a plan for their children, but that doesn’t mean that the child will follow it. We have a choice whether we will line up with what the word of God says or not. I am not making light of the situations that many like that young man had. What I am saying though is that if we try to do things that contradict and reject the safeguards that he has put in place, then we are playing a risky game. In your time of need call out to Jesus and expect and answer to be given to you.

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    4. As a Christian, I believe God has “a plan” in the way of a desire. The Bible says that God does not want anyone to be destroyed, but for everyone to turn to him (2 Peter 3:9). His “plan” from the beginning was to create a community, a family, to share his life with humans and them share their lives with him- in a word ‘love’. But he doesn’t force us, actually he proactively gives us the choice. I don’t believe genuine relationship can work any other way. Humanity’s destiny is seen in the fact that God made us in His image- he made us family. When we rejected that, he set out to make it right. But again, he does not force anyone to receive the forgiveness available through Jesus. And those who do come back into relationship with God make choices everyday to either extend the love they now know or to keep it to themselves- or even to do what misrepresents God.
      I see God working toward bringing us into wholeness at every turn– within that which is his part to play. But he is not overbearing and, though he may have raw power to “control,” he does not keep us from making our own choices, nor from the consequences. I struggle not only with that kid rejecting the love of God- but also with the question, “did anyone accurately demonstrate it to him?” You are blaming God, but God did something about his love for that kid- actually he went to the utter limit to do so (Rom 5:8). If you are sincerely looking for truth, I wonder if you would be willing to do some soul searching regarding your role– you said you were a devout Christian. Did you love this kid (your comments call it into question)? Did you pray for him? Did you demonstrate love toward him and invite him into your community? Did you share the good news that Jesus gave his life for him and offers something better than what he was pursuing? …. of course, even when we do, people still have to choose their response, but if we are so quick to question God, we should be at least as willing to question our own role.
      You said you were bothered about the thought of people saying God had a plan for that kid. I can tell you that I have a plan for my kids- not a controlling, I’ll micromanage every detail of their future plan, but an intention that they enjoy the goodness of relationship and life- but my kids make their own decisions; there have been times they have put themselves in harms way and it has NOTHING to do with what I want. But this is all part of them becoming their own- and they can only turn to me in mature relationship if they have choice to do so or not. I can tell you I have no greater joy than when they choose to walk in the truth!

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  12. I agree that we shouldn’t just say “God has a plan” in response to life questions. While I think that it is so true and a valid response, I agree that it doesn’t solve all problems.

    However, the most troublesome thing in this article is when you say: “You want to know God’s plan? Here it is. Love God, love other people, make disciples. (Luke 10:27, Matthew 28:19) Really, that’s it. He’s already told us the plan through his Word, there’s no need to search for his will anymore.”

    Yes, the Lord wants us to love God, love other people, and make disciples. BUT, do you not believe that the Lord has intricately planned out your life as well?! If you believe the Lord knitted you together and made you perfectly and beautifully, do you think He just stopped there? No! He does have a plan for your life, and we are to search for it! That plan includes all of the times when we are wondering what we are to be doing and when we make mistakes. He knows all that and plans for it. He has your best interest in mind, and if you believe that the Lord made you, you should also believe He has a unique plan for YOU! I don’t think I would want to serve a God who JUST says “love God, love people, and make disciples.” The God I serve says all those things and also has a unique plan for me. The God I serve has created me intricately and has also designed a plan for my life.

    So, while the phrase “God has a plan for your life” can sometimes not help people, to me I find it incredibly sweet and comforting. “God has a plan for your life” should be a comforter, not a phrase that causes anxiety.

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    1. exactly. Jesus modeled the plan for us. The plan isnt to just read the bible and figure out the rest on our own.. that is how corruption enters in, many creating their own interpretations of God’s plan for them based inwardly instead of seeking outwardly.

      And what did Jesus model to us? Seeking the Father, over and over again, so that the Father could unfold the plan. When I seek the Lord, He starts to show me more pieces of the plan before it happens. This is why God implores us to seek, seek, and more seek.

      Having said that, God does not always answer everything we ask. Some of it we can ask for, but we may not receive the answer or like the answer we receive. For that, we continue forward with the best option we see fit.

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  13. Love God. Love God’s people. Love God’s world is written on the front of our church. It is the basis of all they do. It defines the churches mission! We just did a Love Does series and it was amazing!

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  14. Thanking the almighty God for bringing me somehow to find this & read the entire thing. Everything I absolutely needed to hear. You are awesome! Thanks so much for this 🙂

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  15. You missed a big point! A very big point!! Love God, love others AND LOVE YOURSELF!!! Why teach people stuff, why promote your unhealthy lack of self to others until you can love yourself!!! The church is full of guilt throwing, hate mongering, self-loathing people! Who needs that!!!

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    1. Where does it say work on “loving yourself” in Scripture? As humans, we do just fine in the self-centered, selfish department. To understand our worth in God’s eyes is another thing all together. Neither self-loathing or self-exhaultation is right; there’s almost always two ditches to every idea. Thank God for his Word that defines who we actually are, and who he is.
      Guilt-throwing is from a person who is judgmental in a non-biblical fashion, usually a self-righteous person… not from a self-loathing person.
      Hate mongering is from a member of a church who is really not a born-again believer.

      All this is just my observation, experience, and from a reasonable grip on Scripture. I hope it helps someone.

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  16. That was an interesting read; but while we all know what God wants us to do… Love God above all, and love your neighbor.. I believe that He wants us to consult him on life’s decisions.. big or small. And yes, Jeremiah 29:11 assures us that He has plans for us… but we won’t be able to get there, just by knowing what we are good at. Loving Him and Loving our neighbor are His will for us… but the plan refers to how we are able to achieve these. Yes, even the How should be guided by Him. Let us look at the life of David. He consults God in almost everything.. should I march against the Philistines? (2 Samuel 5:19) Should I chase against this band of raiders? (1 Samuel 30:8) Should I build a house for the Lord (2 Samuel 7). While common sense would tell us that “if it sounds good, do it! – like building a house for the Lord- it may not be God’s plan! The Israelites knew that the Lord’s plan is to put them in the promised land… but because they did not inquire of the Lord, and were terribly stubborn, they got lost in the desert. Consulting the Lord is a very intimate act… it is surrendering our frailties, our weakness to Him. It is telling Him that we are nothing without Him. So, yes, wait on Him … should I go to Atlanta, or to California? Should I attend this meeting or not?

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  17. I guess I look at the “God has a plan” idea a little differently. God DOES have a plan. And that plan WILL be carried out. You can choose to be part of the God’s plan or not. As Jesus was entering the city, his disciples were cheering for his arrival. He was told to silence his disciples, and he said, “even if the people were silent, the stones would cry out.” So God’s plan was for shouts of joy as he entered the city, and even if no one was part of the plan, God would raise the stones up to do it. God has a plan. That plan will be carried out. You can choose to be part of it or not. By not being part, it will go on without you. So, you need to find your place in God’s plan, not find a plan God has for you. He did in fact make each one of us unique. And He has a place for us within His plan. But don’t think you are so important that God can’t move forward without you. I believe we should seek God in our decisions and follow as best we can. If we make the wrong choice, God will let us know. But He will also use you in whatever circumstances you find yourself. I think we put too much emphasis on ourselves, thinking that if we make a mistake, God can’t use us where we end up. Maybe it really doesn’t matter if we choose job “A” or job “B”. God will use us whereever we end up.

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  18. Wonderful post, and I really get what you are saying. Sorta like the well meaning folks who throw Romans 8 at you when you just lost a baby-God works all things together for the good of those who love him….true, but not helpful! But hopefully, the knowledge that God does have good plans for you can free you to not agonize unduly over those decisions.Life decisions are hard, sometimes, for other reasons. Move to another, strange, city? Just hard. Leave the folks/friends/familiar behind? Difficult. Scary career change? Like standing on the edge of a cliff! But the Word can help you believe that your decisions, even the stupid ones (If you make any-and I sure did!) will not keep God from working His plan in your life. He is so creative! Hopefully this truth can free you instead of paralyze you, until the time God decides to mark our path with huge billboards and street signs that say “Turn here!” Until then (and I’m telling ya, it’s not gonna happen) just decide, and give the next 30 years to God. If you knew where He was taking you, you wouldn’t believe it anyway. Says the lady going to high school reunion #40 this year.

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  19. Well said brother , well said. Going to send this to my grand daughter who is graduating this year. It was such a freeing thing for me to know God created this simple women to be an extrovert with the gift of gab and a desire to help others. He did that while i was in my mothers womb before she even knew she was pg with me. With my salvation came the gift of exhorting and discernment which explained why I had such a thirst for wisdom to help others along their way as I am stumbling through my own journey. Since I am a married women I believe strongly that my husband is to lead and I can help him or destroy. I had power as a women, a mother to change their lives by words and actions. People ask me all the time when did God call me to be a missionary? I tell them I was never called, He commanded me to tell the gospel where ever we lived. My first calling came in Gen when He created Eve to be an helpmate for Adam. So I got busy being an extrovert helpmate to my man. Certain knowledge that comes from the bible makes the process of knowing God’s will for our life so much easier. With every missionary that came our way our hearts wanted to go help them. So we picked New Tribes Mission because we like their mission statement, they were reaching those who would never hear unless someone went, the off the beaten path so to speak. We took the first step, applied, they accepted us and started the first steps of being trained to live in a remote area of any country. We were interested in Australia but New Tribes did not work with the Aboriginals. One day our pastor and my husband were looking at a map of Australia and seen the island of Papua New Guinea, it was an old map for it had written on it, territory of Australia so my husband said thats where will go. All through our training we thought we were going to PNG. While in our first semester of Language School one of the leaders from Bolivia was home recruiting dorm parents and leadership at language sent them to talk to us. WE fit their bill, we had experience, Ace was the youth director in our sending church. We were older, more mature so they said. After talking with our home pastor and another pastor whose advice we valued a lot we said yes. Our pastor said, it’s a detour. WE spend some of our best years being dorm parents in Bolivia, loved it. Our home church needed us so we step out of the mission for a couple years till they got a new pastor and went back in New Tribes. We were getting a little too old to be dorm parents but another leader from Papua New Guinea was home, he came asking us to come help open a new region in the very place we first started out with. Could God have done it different and if we had chose any other country to take the gospel would He be disappointed as if we had upset His plan. We tell people, trust Him, do what you are doing today with passion, wait on Him to move you in His timing, His way. We tens to focus on the where instead of the Who. Don’t try to think too far ahead, think about that day, the one you are living in and most of all and you mention this, tune into Him, not missions, not your church, not your ministry, but fully into Him. Get to know Him where ever you are, give Him credit for activity working in your life at this very moment, Him, the creator of the universe, not other people even though God will use others to give direction. He will impress, affirm, and even allow us to make a mistake, for they certainly do not throw Him off. Jesus came to seek that which was lost, so get busy doing that where you. Blessings

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  20. Interesting! But you said all you did, and ended up saying that God does have a plan! When we obey Him (as you set forth) He will reveal to you what He has planned for you, but you have to pursue something for it to be revealed otherwise how are you going to know what that plan is? “What do you like to do?” “What are you good at?” to quote you. I say the same thing but will add, will it glorify God? Will it bring Him pleasure? God will give you “the desires of your heart,” but your heart has to be focused on Him; then His desires for you will be yours too, and you will be happy and content as you will have succeeded in pleaseing Him and yourself. If the path you choose is a wrong one, you’ll know it if you listen to the voice of wisdom. God said He gave you wisdom and discernment if you belong to Him.He did not give you the “spirit of fear,” so if you’re truly fearful, then you are not trusting Him or not in His will. God tells you in His Word what He wants you to do snd how to do it. Too many born again believers do not read and study the Scriptures, nor take advantage of advice given by godly “men.” If you don’t read His Word, how are you going to know what to do, and how to do it?

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  21. A sweet friend of mine sent this to me the other day. So thankful she did! As someone who is constantly hearing it and knowing that the Lord has good plans and trying to figure post-grad life out, with multiple choices and good paths laid out, this is just what you need to hear. I definitely needed a reminder! It starts with living out of the place and as the unique individual the Lord created you to be…and to love God, love others, and make disciples. Thank you for sharing! Thank you for being raw, genuine, and sharing your heart! We need more MOGs (men of God) sharing!!

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  22. The root of destiny/fate is tied up in Greek and Roman mythology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destiny
    We tend to get our beliefs mixed up and confused. Jesus said,”…And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt 28:20. He is with me, wherever I go, whatever I do. It’s pretty simple.

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  23. Check out a book called “Calling and Clarity” by Doug Koskela. I’m taking a seminary class from him on Vocational Duscernment and Discipleship. We just started our quarter a few weeks ago but he teaches exactly what you are saying. Peace.

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  24. I like this message, because it makes things simple. Also know that there are OBJECTIVE ways to measure what you are good at, and they can go way beyond just your personality or interests. Aptitudes and spiritual gifts are bigger parts of the puzzle (that most people ignore).

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  25. I heard somewhere recently that we will never lose our destiny, but we can lose our purpose. (Meaning that our Destiny with God is always there, but our life’s purpose or God’s will for our lives may be lost by the choices we make). I do believe, though, that as long as we are living right lives, our worlds will be right as well. “If one is right, one’s world is right” (Napoleon Hill).

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  26. this made me smile so big. I’ve been trying to put this into words- but you got it. God has a plan- He made us for relationship with Him. He then has a purpose for us- to love like He loves. Then we get to our calling- the specific thing we get to do in season. And often, He gives that to us, but we also play a part in finding it ourselves. He made humans with brains, friends. And I’ve got to believe that’s what He wants. Man He’s so good.

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  27. THANK YOU for this. I guess life is mostly just about taking one step at a time, following our hearts, and we don’t have to know exactly where it’s headed.

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  28. I partly agree, but this, almost to a sinful and very dangerous degree, neglects the presence, work, and voice of the Holy Spirit in the lives of disciples of Christ. The Bible NEVER excludes the leading of the Holy Spirit into what God desires for His people as the norm for walking with God. We can see this with Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, the prophets, the Twelve, and even Paul. People are led, spoken to, commanded, or otherwise, by the Lord, and they followed through from there. Though THERE WERE times when people in the Bible had to make those decisions, any time the Spirit was ignored things DID NOT go well.

    Just a thought.

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  29. “Sayings that sound good on Hallmark cards amount to dust when it’s game time and the ball is flying my way.” Thank you for writing that. As the mom of a kid who has battled cancer twice and may do so again, I find so many of the Christian-ese on cards, in sermons or on FB posts entirely revolting. In our attempt to calm our own feelings of fear and uncertainty, loss or grief, we reduce being a Christ-follower down to trite soundbites that accomplish nothing. Life is uncertain. Decision outcomes are unknown. Tragedy may strike your life. Sit with that for awhile, then ask God to teach you how to genuinely follow Him in the dark of the unknown.

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  30. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I really like this blogger and thought I’d repost his blog as someone shared it with me recently- it’s a good read Check him out …Jordan Nations.

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  31. […] They’ve taught me to Trust God. You don’t know what will happen next. You don’t know what tomorrow holds. You don’t know what his plan is, but he’s got one, I promise. Yeah, you’ve heard that a million times before, and will probably hear it a million times again, but it’s true. Here is a post that I think will help you understand — Quit telling me God has a plan. […]

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