Details Of Course
November 8, 2007 1:49pm CST
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. --Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) I am the type of person who likes to plan ahead as much as possible. Although I like to participate in many different things, I know I have to budget my time if I want to fit it all in. Whenever possible, I like to make lists, block out sections of time, and stick to an agenda. Of course, that all worked fine when I was a college student and had a course syllabus to follow for a 10 week period. Now that I'm part of the "real world", I have come to see that life doesn't like to stick to a schedule. As Dr. Laura says, "Life is what happens while you're busy planning other things." God is teaching me how to be flexible and how to embrace change rather than hide from it. I've had to learn--sometimes the hard way--that I am not the one who plots my course. I've learned that it is okay to have goals and ambitions, but I've also learned that God is the one who will fill in the details of how to make those goals a reality. For example, I knew that after graduation I wanted to live and work in San Diego, but I didn't know exactly how to make that happen. I did my best to be responsive to the Lord's promptings, and as a result, he opened up possibilities for me that I may not have found if I had been too deeply entrenched in trying to make things happen of my own accord. Although there were times when I felt like I was making very little progress toward my goals, I know that every movement was directed by him. When it comes to my goals, I always like to be moving forward.I am frustrated whenever I feel that I've come to an impasse, whether it be a health setback, or a time constraint. God has shown me that the times he has stopped me in my tracks are not because he's decided to not let me continue forward. I think those times may serve to wait for God to provide me with a solid foundation on which I can set my feet for that next step along the way. God has instilled in me a goal-oriented attitude. I am thankful that he has been guiding every footfall along my path to seeing them realized. -Lauren Beyenhof
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8 Nov 07
Hi Rozie I can attest to that too. I have been employed to this Minsitry for 9 years now. I have spent 7 yrs in Personnel/HR so I wnet and did my Dilpoma in HR thinking that would be the direction I would take. I am also a trained legal secretary and love Law so I decided to start a Certificate in paralegal studies. I did not complete it due to financial embarrassment. I was relocated to the Guidance Unit and i stayed there for one year and then was relocated to the Planning Unit (for two weeks). I did my best in tht Unit and to date the boss says that no one could walk in my shoes since then. Anyways one day I got a call from HR that I should report to the senior Director. When I went she advised me that I was next in line for a post because I was doing th eparalegal studies. This is where aI a now and even though the Ministry is udnergoing transformation I dont have to worry because this unit is already transformed. So when others are worried that they willb e going home, I have no need to fear although I was not looking in this direction God was looking out for me. You see He knows me better than I know myself and He knows whatis best for me and what He wants for me. So as I have said before with God as my champion why should I worry Or fear? He makes way when there seems to be no way. I also have my diploma in HR with a great pass and in Janaury 2008 I will be doing my Dilpoma in Paralegal studies. So you see God is on the job.
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8 Nov 07
Hi Rozie, Thank you so much for sharing your testimony! Yes, God is good and He will guide us if we allow Him to. This life is full of obstacles and unexpected events, etc, but God is always in control. That always comforts me just to know He is in control in every situation. I really needed to read this! Thank you again! God bless you!
9 Nov 07
Hi Rozie37! I completely agree with that! When I was younger, I have all my goals and plans and I was so determined to reach all of them. I was hard driven and I never stopped at anything when i have a new project in mind. I always want to succeed. I wasn't the type to easily give up but then there are those hurdles that made me change course and somehow the steps I am taking were not mine. I know what to do for the coming day but then things happen and I end up doing the other thing. Then I learned to trust in the Almighty and until this time, though it is difficult I trust my fate in His Hands. Take care and have a nice day!
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11 Nov 07
I'm a goal-oriented person. I have a dream of having my own daycare and of having a family soon, but I know that will hapen when God allows it to happen. It is all in His hands. I plan as much as I can and do all I can to prepare, but it's in His hands. I'm okay with that.:)
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9 Nov 07
Hey there:) what you are saying is so true... I have a hard time right now letting things go and putting them in gods hands.. but here recently i have been trying my best..and a few diffrent awsome awsome things have happend to me.. and i am so thankful! He is the best
9 Nov 07
And you prove a point I've tried to make to my friends many a time. Yes, I have goals and ambitions, but I know that i have to be realistic in setting time frames. I take change as an opportunity to experience something new and to grow as a person. We do make plans, but they are always shifting and updating to meet our circumstances. Flexibility is the key when making a plan, as well as having reasonable expectations of yourself and those around you! obvioulsy, there are some plans that have to have a time limit, like giving birth! lol. Hey, they gotta come out some time!