March 3, 2003
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for evil, to giv you a future and a hope.'” (Jeremiah 29: 11 TLB)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
God is a planner. Before He even created us, He had our lives all planned out. He intended for us to have lives of meaning and purpose, lives filled with service toward others.
Look at what God Himself says about us in Ephesians 2: 10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
God has not forgotten His plans for your life. Have you? Maybe you’ve never even thought about them. One thing is sure, however. God thinks about His plans for you constantly. You’re always on His mind!
Why? Because He loves you! As your Father, He wants only the best for you. And what is the best for you? The best for you is following your Father’s plans for your life, not your own plans.
Who knows better than the watchmaker how the watch works? Who knows better than the computer engineer how the computer works?
Who knows better than the man-maker how the man works?
As you spend time with your Heavenly Father this week, ask Him to show you His plans for your life. Then ask Him for the courage to follow those plans. As you do, you’ll begin to understand what God means when He says that His plans for you are “for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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