After over 8 hours of planning, scheduling, regrouping, and finalizing our upcoming semester with Cru, I breathed a satisfying sigh of relief. I was overjoyed at the progress and production we had just made. I could have said, at that time, that I was thoroughly excited for all the events and future meetings our 9 student leaders had agreed upon.

The first 4 hours consisted of simply the 9 of us brainstorming, familiarizing with the schedule, and assisting each other in any ways we could. The second 4 hours included over 20 more student leaders interested and willing to serve with Cru adding input and executing more ideas. 

Needless to say, that sigh of relief was well worth it. Before we dispersed from our meeting place to enter back into reality, I carelessly mentioned, “I’m excited for our plans to happen this semester!”

I was then slapped in the face.

Not quite…but it sure felt like it.

A friend involved in the fellowship around me highly corrected me. “I mean I do like our plans, but can you even imagine what God’s plan are for this semester?”


Who am I to even THINK my plans could be more exciting than God’s? Don’t get me wrong, our leadership prayed hard about our plans and events to come; then I trick myself into thinking they are my plans. Wrong. I know this isn’t in just ministry either. My major. My friends. My living arrangements. My classes. Everything. I convince myself this is all I have. My, My, My.

God has better, Al.

Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.” (ESV)

I can’t even begin to ask or think better than what his plans include. Yes, his power is at work in me, but He will be glorified – not me.

I’m looking forward to this semester, now, and GOD’S plans.

[originally posted 1.16.2012]

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