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June 9, 2016

The all important Master Plan.  Whether we're planning a family vacation, backpacking trip, or bikepacking adventure we come up with a plan.  We work tirelessly on it.  Working out every last detail to a tenth of a mile.  

I've been there, done that, and still do it.  But what always happens to our Master Plan... we throw it out the window come mile 1 and adapt to change.  Take things as they come at us.  I can't think back on a trip and say: "that worked out just as I planned it."  


Sure, some parts of the plan workout and the trip goes smoothly but why do we try to control the things we can't control?  Why do we spend countless hours pouring over maps?


There's a saying: "who's in the drivers seat?"  Are you driving or are you allowing God to drive?  In his book, Theological Foundations of Counseling, Thomas Edgington hits on the topic of the one thing we can control:


"The one goal we can control is godliness.  Others cannot block that goal.  Others can yell and scream at us.  They can throw things at us.  They can hate us.  Our boss can fire us.  Others can do all kinds of things to us.  But you know what?  We can choose to respond in a godly manner to them, no matter how nasty they are.  We can be in control of our own godliness!  It is not dependent on what others do."


1 Corinthians 10:31 -- "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."  Who's in the driver seat... you or God?  Are you eating, drinking, and doing it all for the glory of God?


This weeks challenge is to put your week before God.  Work, family, hobbies, chores, etc.  Put it all before the Lord and ask him for His master plan in all that you do.  Let the Lord drive!  I know you can do it and I know you won't regret it!


Thanks and God Bless!


David Wildman


10 years ago, if you'd asked me what my Master Plan was I would not have said: "racing through central america."  6 years ago I stopped driving.  I stopped planning.  I got in the passenger seat and let the Lord lead.  Now, I will admit there are times I muck it up, but I always have to stop and give it back to the Lord.  


This picture was taken in Honduras.  We were on leg 1 of a 3 stage race through Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  The Lord brought Matt Allen and I together and this is what happened.  The Lord showed me parts of these countries I would have never seen, experienced things that I would have never experienced, and made friendships I would have never had.  I will admit, this would have never happened had I controlled my plans!



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