How far out do you have your life planned? Today? This weekend? The week? Month? The answer will be different for everyone, but for most everyone I feel there is a common problem associated with this planning; Focus. But wait…aren't you focused if you have the week planned out? Absolutely! I’m not here to tear down the walls of schedules and break the shackles of daily planners, I support them and believe they can do a lot of good! However, I am here to say there is a pit you can fall into while planning out the days that lay ahead. That pit is called distraction.

Planning leads to productivity and staying on top of your day to day tasks, but at times can limit your unique presence in that day. We can do our best to plan out our future, but I’m a big advocate that God’s ways and thoughts are not like ours, they’re much higher, and sometimes that means He would like you to do something that differs from what your schedule may say. This is where the crossroads can pop up. To keep your course because you have it planned out or to follow this tugging to do otherwise? If we’re not careful we can fall into a state of belief that always following our schedule is God’s will. I’ve been there before, keeping on top of a Google calendar that literally had every hour planned to the T from 5:30am usually until Midnight. That doesn’t leave much room for the Holy Spirit to intervene and lead you in His mysterious ways to do His work.

I wish not for anyone to fall into this lifestyle. Please, by all means keep creating your schedules! It is a useful and disciplined exercise, and I believe God enjoys seeing that discipline. Don’t, however, deaden your sensitivity to the Spirit’s leading by asserting your will over His. You will end up going through your day with a robotic nature, later pondering where your joy went. Robots don’t feel emotion, so when you put yourself in that state of existence you choose to sacrifice some of the unique characteristics and oddities that it is to be human. So plan your week, but keep your personal focus on the day at hand, for no man ever conquered tomorrow, because to make it to tomorrow you must make it through today, and you’ll soon realize that every moment you’re in is today.

 

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:33-34

 

Kevin Stelzer

1st Year Student Blogger

 

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