My Plans vs. God’s Plans
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
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~ Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
People who start nonprofits and ministries are visionaries—they see what could be, what the world should be like.
Understandably, we get excited about all the possibilities of what could and should be. Sometimes, the possibilities overwhelm us so we stay put when we should go and sometimes we go when we should stay put.
Proverbs, our biblical book of wisdom tells us that there are many plans in our hearts but it is the Lord’s counsel that will stand. Each time the word counsel is used in the Old Testament, the Hebrew origin of the word means to advise. So, even though there are many plans in our hearts, it is the Lord’s advice or purpose that will stand or last.
For ministry and nonprofit leaders, we need to examine the plans in our hearts. As leaders, it is easy to see the possibilities and begin to expand upon God’s vision. When we step outside God’s vision, we cannot expect his blessings and anointing to follow. So, how do we make sure we are following God’s plans for ministry and not our own?