Written by Dene Nidiffer
Lately, I’ve had the occasion to read several articles, blogs, notes about teams of people who had to make a point of taking time out to relax or take a break or refresh. I guess the fact that more than one of these has come my way means I should pay attention, huh?
One blogger noted she had recently read Chuch Pagano’s new book called Sidelined and Chuck embraces what he calls “Plan B” when necessary. A recent decision to take a break and refresh caused this blogger’s staff to discuss having a “Plan B” on something as simple as a day “retreat”. They had planned a lake house get-a-way for a day to enjoy camaraderie – with no work, no emails and just fun! It all came to a halt when the day of rain forced a different path. They embraced their day of “Plan B”: bowling, laser tag, eating and friendly arguments over how they would divide up teams – all inside out of the rain! After a great gathering of fun, their day turned to a celebration of anniversaries and special awards. It wasn’t often that they took a break together or even celebrated their accomplishments. Luckily, in this case either “A” or “B” would have worked well for this team and I surmise that is why we even have the term of “Plan B”.
Embracing “Plan B” can make a whole lot of sense when it comes to the daily grind and decision making about some things in life, but it is never acceptable to embrace God as “Plan B”, is it? Yet I know that some of us do encounter God in that way. Her blog reminded me how easy it is to push God into a “Plan B” scenario. “After I finish all my tasks that life has to offer, which is to include God, I often have to flip to “Plan B” so that I can hang out with God for at least 10 minutes or so at the end of a day…” And the truth is we all probably just spent 500+ minutes doing everything else and are still not done with what we feel we must do. And that is all before we make time for Him!
I want God to be MY “Plan A”!
As I write this paragraph, I wish that I could roll out the right words and instruction manual on how to make God your “Plan A”. If I had it all figured out I wouldn’t need to write this blog post, would I? I do know that taking a time to unwind and relax every day with God does wonders for all of our souls and on the days I actually do this, it makes all the difference to how I experience life and relationships!
Some scripture to keep us focused with God in our “Plan A”…
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13
After thinking about this for quite a while, I enjoy writing about it to bring this aspect of life into focus. I urge you to make God your “Plan A” every single day and be open to sharing how and why you do this so that others can learn from your wisdom and practice!
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