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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Power of Purpose....The Limitation of Plans

If you were God, would you choose "you" to be part of your plan for the universe?...(Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1577).  I prefer "part of your purpose" rather than "plan."

Obey what you sense in your heart that you are to do, and when He is ready He will show you the next thing. (Joyce Meyer in Power Thoughts Devotional, page 253).

Your Sage moves you into action not out of feeling bad, but out of empathy, inspiration, the joy of exploration, a longing to create, and an urge to find meaning in the midst of even the greatest crises. (Shirzad Chamine in Positive Intelligence, page 75).

There has been an effort to make God a "left-brain automaton" who obsesses over logic and planning at the expense of creativity, openness, and exploration.  This greatly delimits God.  Consider a marriage. While a couple getting married may have some plans for the future, clearly the most important thing is not to have rigid, detailed plans but to have allegiance to an over-arching purpose.  Plans may have to be changed overnight, but mutual encouragement, love, and support until death does not.

President Obama was roundly criticized for stating that a strategy was not developed to meet a foreign policy challenge.  Certainly a strategy will come, but even then I trust it will not be a plan set in concrete--oblivious to new developments and realities.  Two thousand years after Christ, one would think mankind would have relinquished at least a tad of its myopic legalistic obsessions.

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