Make No Little Plans
Written by Julie Stroud
Each year we get a blank 365-page book to write a good story. It is too easy to fill our days with mindless errands and minutia, but no one really wants a dull book. A life story that reads like an against-all-odds success is more like it! As you set out to fill in your book, take heart. Know that God is a God of dreams and second chances. He is the Fulfiller of promises and Giver of good gifts.
God is a God of dreams. The Bible is full of examples where God used dreams and visions to accomplish big things. One story involved young King Solomon at the beginning of his reign. The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked him what he wanted. Solomon wisely asked for discernment to govern well. From this simple prayer, God infused Solomon. In case you didn’t know, Solomon is the author of the book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs.
Psalm 37:4 promises that if we delight in the Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart. What a promise!
God is a God of Second Chances. The famed architect Daniel Burnham rose to the occasion and rebuilt much of the city of Chicago after the Great Fire. Burnham designed some of the tallest skyscrapers of his day such as the Chicago Masonic Temple at 21 stories (the building was torn down in the late 1930s, since then his work is preserved and protected as historic landmarks). He was the chief urban designer of Chicago, casting a vision for Lake Michigan with a series of parks, gardens, marinas, and beaches accessible for the public to enjoy.
Burnham said, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work…”. The Chicago of his day was humble, yet he envisioned a bustling city. Today’s city skyline is a tribute to his vision of a second chance Chicago.
Even if your dreams are dashed, you can rebuild. Begin again. God will honor your commitment and effort. It is never too late to dream or too early to take action.
God is a Fulfiller of promises. Under King Solomon’s reign, the Israelites first temple was constructed. Hundreds of years later, it was destroyed by the Babylonians. Then 50 years later, Zerubbabel took up the charge to rebuild the temple, as noted in the minor prophet books of Haggai and Zechariah. This was the place temple where the Holy of Holies resided, where temple priests performed sacrifices, where prayers, rites, and festivals took place. This was the center of Jewish life. This was also the place where the veil was torn when Jesus died, signifying that Jesus was the atoning sacrifice.
The temple is historically significant and plays a part in prophetic end times. Therefore, the words in Zechariah 4:10 are loaded with meaning, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin…” (New International Version).
God has a vision over your life. Keep at it, continue doing your part to make His will complete in you. Your contributions to the world and for His name will make a difference for eternity. Do not be frustrated by your steps, no matter how small they may seem. The Lord rejoices to see your 2018 work begin!
God is a Giver of good gifts. Proverbs is the book of wisdom and advice. King Solomon wrote this about giving gifts, “Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!“ (Proverbs 18:16, New Living Translation).
Giving a gift is like bolding and italycizing relationship. A gift says, “I thought of you” and, “You are important to me.” Gifts carry the message of love and care. God’s gifts to us don’t usually come in wrapped boxes. God gives us gifts is by giving us the desires of our heart. He also gives us a sense of satisfaction as He works out His plan in our lives and works all things together for our good. He is the Giver of good gifts!
What will your 365-page story be? Dare to dream big dreams for 2018. Then get busy doing the work knowing your reward is coming!
Written By Julie Stroud
Julie Stroud is the Founder and President of Fervent Coaching. With two decades’ experience as a work at home mom and solopreneur, Julie brings experience, wisdom, and education to the clients she serves. Through coaching and training, Fervent Coaching equips and inspires Christian entrepreneurial women to be God’s best in the marketplace.
Are you a Christian woman entrepreneur with a story of personal and/or professional overcoming? Or does your ministry or business have a strong give-back component that is making a difference locally and/or globally? If you would like your story considered for this blog and upcoming book, contact Julie Stroud at firstname.lastname@example.org.