Epic Planning

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Leah Hopkins
Epic Planning

This week was our first week of school.  While I have been homeschooling our eldest for a few years, now we are homeschooling all our boys. I have been excited, hopeful, and a little nervous. I have filled out my planner, and put together daily and weekly schedules, as well as planned field trips. With all that being said, I knew that it didn’t matter if I put tons of thought into our school time, there were going to be days that did not go as I have planned.

You see, I am a planner.

I enjoy designing cute schedules, and I thrive on check lists.  However, if I have learned one thing in the last ten years or so, it is this. I can plan my little heart out, but life seldom pays attention to your intentions.  Curve balls are a given, and sometimes a piano falls from the sky so to speak, and you have to figure out what to do.

A few years ago, I put a lot of thought, planning, and preparation into having our son naturally at a birthing center.  Lo and behold, my body just flat out would NOT dilate past five centimeters, even after 30 hours of labor, so I was transferred to the hospital, where I endured an emergency C-section. I was told later that if this was 100 years ago, we both would have died. It took me a few years to find peace with that, but I am no less of a woman because of life not going along with my plan.

This week, school went…okay. Not bad, not great. We did not do everything I had written down, and there were a couple of meltdowns from the boys (not me thankfully). Instead of throwing my hands up, I took a deep breath, and decided to re-evaluate and tweak my plan.  I am still figuring out what to do, but I do know that it is going to be all right. They will get a good education, and someday, I hope they will see that we put a lot of thought into raising them, and did our best.

Plans are not a bad thing.  God has had a plan before the foundation of the world, to save those who submitted to Christ (Ephesians 1:3-6).  He told us that we need to be ready, because Christ will come as a thief in the night to take His bride home, and judge the world (Matthew 25:1-13, 2 Peter 3:10). His plans will not fail, and those who follow His plan will be saved.

So, if you happen to be a planner like I am, or not, I encourage you to do some planning. Plan to be faithful to Christ, and that includes giving your worries and concerns over to Him as well (Matthew 11:28-20).  He meant it when He said that He was here for you, even until the end of the world (Matthew 28:19-20). Planning for Heaven is the most epic plan you will ever make.

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