Every morning I wake up with a plan for the day, but rarely do I head to bed after doing what I set out to do just 16-18 hours earlier. I often think my agenda is what is right, but daily God reminds me it is His plan that is perfect.
You'd think that daily reminder would be enough to make me constantly embrace His plan, but my stubborn mind tends to forget too quickly. At times I try too move ahead doing what I think is best.
Lysa TerKeurst reminds us "that God indeed has a plan. Not just a good plan. Not even a really good plan. God has the perfect plan." Wow! I need to rest in that!
This plan applies to every facet of our lives, but the area He seems to have me focusing on is just like Lysa mentioned, "sharing the real me, the imperfect, desperate-for-God me."
God is an honest God, so obviously His plan for me is honesty as well. I know that, but for quite some time have lived believing the lie the more people know about me the less they will want to know me.
I think of my closest friends and know that isn't how I feel about them, but for some reason I've never been one to share. Growing up I was the listener, always available to hear what anyone had to say, but rarely letting anyone know what was on my heart.
A past that includes depression and times of loneliness proves that isn't what God wants for any of His children, myself included. As time moves on though He also reminds me being real isn't just for my own good.
Just as others impact and bless me by sharing from the heart, my story could help someone else. Experience is a wonderful teacher and using my pain or mistakes to keep a sister from the same struggle may be out of my comfort zone and doesn't always appear on my to-do list, but it is part of His plan.
The influence doesn't stop there - God calls me, and you, to be real, open and honest for even more. When we go deep and share our heart - the good and the bad, we also share our faith. And when someone sees what God has done for me, that can only give them hope for what He can do for them.
So like I said rarely do I start the day with "share my heart" on my agenda, but I know when God brings the assignment I must follow thru. It's not always easy, sometimes not real fun, and others I am afraid, but it is always right. After all, it is part of His plan, the perfect plan.