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Stop Trying to Plan It All Out

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

I’m going to be straight here.

Please don’t go off of your own plans. I’m begging you. Please just don’t do it.

I’ve tried it. Numerous times. It didn’t work. And it won’t work.

I tried to be completely in control. I thought it’d work and things would get better. It went the other way and all I did was get hurt. Emotionally. Spiritually.

I tried it again almost two years, maybe one year later. Somewhere in between; it doesn’t matter when. I tried to go off my own plan. It didn’t work. All I got was fear and anxiety and my health declined.

Why am I saying this? To try and show you that I know what it feels like and what happens and what can happen.

I know there’s things you want to do. Things you want to be. People you want to be with. Dreams you want to reach. I get it. And it’s great to want and to hope and to dream. It’s not wrong to do any of those things.

But what’s wrong is when we try to go completely off of our own plans as if our lives were our own. Cause they’re not. Your breath is not yours. Your heartbeat is not yours. I know it’s hard to understand, but please try or ask what it means if you need to.

Your life is not yours. It’s a gift with a purpose given to you by God, the One who gave you that breath. That heartbeat. That next second of life.

Your life is not yours to plan. God gave you your life for His purpose.

It’s like when you make a shirt. The shirt has a purpose. The shirt was made with a specific purpose ordained and given by the creator. We’re the same way.

I get it. You’re not a shirt; you’re a person. And it’s not always clear what the purpose God has for you is. That’s what steps of faith are for. That’s what letting go of your life and giving control back to God is for.

Again, I get it. It’s hard. I didn’t even start to give it up and let go of my plans until it felt like my hand was forced. That was almost a year ago from when I’m writing this, and I’m still working on it. It’s hard.

But please listen to me. Pray earnestly for the strength to let go of those plans. Cause who are you to control what isn’t even yours?

Just like the shirt was created for it’s creator for a purpose, so were you. You were created with a purpose for God, the One who created you.

So stop trying to plan it all out. Cause you’ll get hurt. And not to say you won’t get hurt at times trying to follow God’s plan, cause it’ll be hard. Confusing. But in the end, you’ll be glad you did.

Key Verses

- Genesis 2:7 (NKJV)

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

- Job 33:4 (NKJV)

The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

- Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

- Proverbs 16:9 (NJKV)

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

- Jeremiah 10:23 (NKJV)

O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

- Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

- Ezekiel 37:5-6 (NKJV)

Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you, and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” “”

- Acts 17:25 (NKJV)

Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

- 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

- Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

By: Sarah Beth (IG: @sbfusarophotography)

Sarah Beth is a contributing writer for Bible and Hot Cocoa blog. She is a writer, reader, and photographer, with a hearth for the unborn/pro-life movement. She's not exactly sure which book of the Bible is her favorite, and it is always changing. Her favorite figures from the Bible include Esther, King David, and Paul.

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