Good News and Better News… December 21st, 2015

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Good news December 21

 

Some people like to plan.

Other people think that planning is one of the Biblical signs of the end of the world.

There are individuals who contend that “the Lord helps them who help themselves.”

Yet there are pilgrims who lament that helping yourself is a sign of a lack of faith.

In today’s picture, you see what is left in our room after we packed away at the end of a two-and-a-half week stay in Ocala, Florida. During that hiatus, we composed music, continued our blogs, bought Christmas presents, ate too much (as usual) and made plans for 2016, which may or may not come off with the precision we envision.

But it all came down to a hamburger bun, a V-8 and an orange. And for the record, I drank the V-8 right after taking the picture, the orange was for breakfast, and the bun was discarded since nothing was found to cuddle inside.

Here’s what I think about planning:

I take my wisdom from the Good Book, where it describes what jesus said when he sent his disciples out for the first time to talk about the Good News. it was well-thought-out.

He suggested what they should wear, how much money to take, how to treat folks along the way, where to sleep–even some examples of what to say. But at the end of the whole process, he let them know that no matter how much they planned, things would come into the picture to screw up the vision.

His words, if you will allow me to paraphrase, were, “Don’t freak out about what you’re going to say and do. In that hour, the Spirit will give you the stuff you need.”

What a brilliant idea.

Since I’m a human being–and if I’m not busy, I’m probably worrying–then pursuing a plan is a healthy choice.

But also, since I’m a human being dealing with other human beings, understanding that putting the word “perfect” before “plan” is obviously added for comic relief. Therefore I can prepare my heart in good cheer, and sit back to let God do God things.

Traveling on the road all these years, I have learned that a lack of planning is presumptuous. Too much planning, or not being flexible to abandon a plan, is called failure.

So the good news is, planning is beneficial if the plan is made out of paper and not stone.

And the better news is that when the plan begins to fumble and show its more feeble nature … we have been given a Spirit to see us through the aching lack.

 

 

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