I’ve Got a Plan

Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? Heck, did you even get everything you ordered? If you remember, when last we chatted, I was working on embracing the gift of Wisdom. Thankfully, that’s not still on the back of a UPS truck somewhere like my new socks.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

I did it! I asked and prayed that God would reveal something profound and wise to me, and He did, but in such a cool way. Planning Christmas during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart or the inflexible. Our plans for the church, business, and family have changed about a dozen times this week. Each time the scenario changed, I dug deeper and plunged into my experience and others’ counsel, and with that, I mapped out a 4-part plan. 

Existing:

1. Investigate

2. Build a Plan

3. Implement the Plan

4. Review and Evaluate 

This past Monday morning, I was fully caffeinated and fully rolling in stride when THREE of our major plans changed (3 plan changes = 3 strategies altered). Then God said, “Hey. What about Me?” Ooof, He was so right. Here I was happy-go-lucky and ready to take on the day, as long as my plans stayed my plans. The moment things turned sideways, I was thrown off my game.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?” Isaiah 40:12

“I am the Lord your God who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go.”  Isaiah 48:17

Here is the cool part. God never said, “Hey Isaiah, you big dummy. This is what you should’ve done!” He never even said, “Isaiah, you’re wrong.” He lovingly asked to work together with Isaiah, giving him wisdom along the way. 

I don’t think that this will make me a best-selling author in our culture of short attention spans, but my simple 4-step process just went to a 6-steps process.

Living:

1. Consult God (“ask”)

2. Listen

3. Investigate

4 Build a Plan

5. Implement the Plan

6. Review and Evaluate 

The coolest part of all this is, it worked on Christmas. It really worked! I know we are all holding out hope that everything will be better when the calendar flips to January 1, 2021. But I’m sure that the first quarter will still be very trying. However, I’m taking the strategy God gave me into the New Year. How about you?  

We will get through this together!

In His Service and at yours!

~Shawn

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

One thought on “I’ve Got a Plan

  1. Thank you so much Shawn, a good message for reflection, and being able to alter plans. God sees all, knows all and guides us all. Onward, to accepting change. Hugs

    Blessings…

    On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 8:55 AM Red Letter Moments wrote:

    > Shawn McCarthy posted: ” Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? > Heck, did you even get everything you ordered? If you remember, when last > we chatted, I was working on embracing the gift of Wisdom. Thankfully, > that’s not still on the back of a UPS truck somewhere like m” >

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