Make a good plan a great plan

Lady contemplating her faith

Want to hear a great joke? I thought you would. Here it is: How do you make God laugh? Don’t know? You tell him your plans.

OK, maybe it’s not that funny. But it does speak to a problem everyone has. They leave God out of their plans way too often.

In fact it’s not uncommon for people to only include God in their lives when things get really bad and they’re in the middle of a crisis. They have a tendency to put God out of their minds when life is good. Then when the stuff hits the fan they ask God where he’s been.

The truth is he never left. They did.

I love what James, the little brother of Jesus, has to say about making our own plans. He said, “Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it,” James 4:13-17.

Do you know what people ought to do? Ask God to be part of their plans. It’s the best way to turn a good plan into a great plan.

Proverbs 19:21 said, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Do you know what that means?

It means that no matter what our selfish plans are, only God’s plans pan out perfectly. His purpose always prevails.

So take some time and lay your plans out before God. Tell him, “God, these are my plans. Would you please help me to align my plans with you purpose? I never want to be out of your will for my life.”

I think you’ll find that it will release you from a lot of anxiety and pressure. Because you’ll be resting in the fact that God always has the best plans and his plans always succeed.

I’m praying for you.

Zachary Elliot is the lead pastor of Fusion Christian Church in Temecula. For more information, visit or