Loosen your grip on your plans

By Dave Henning / July 10, 2020

“When you loosen your grip on your plans and let the One who gave you your blue flame tell you what you’re supposed to do next, it will be scary at first.  Eventually. . . .  you’ll get better at recognizing the intangible elements of the decision-making process: your gut instinct will become more honed, the voice of God will get a little clearer.”- Jennifer Fulwiler

In Chapter 5 “(You Can Be Crazy”) of Your Blue Flame, Jennifer Fulwiler presents one of the ways she’s certain that someone has found their blue flame.  That way?- their decisions seem crazy to outsiders!  And perhaps even feel crazy to them!

However, Jennifer counsels, one thing’s essential to tap into your blue flame fully.  You must possess at least a degree of sense that God’s in charge here, not you.  Furthermore, you must show a willingness to let God lead you down paths that feel right.  Even when they fail to make perfect sense on paper.

Certainly, this doesn’t serve as a sign to behave recklessly.  Yet, we need to understand that our limited perspective cannot grasp God’s bigger plan.  Therefore, to make decisions based solely on your own reasoning cause you to miss key opportunities to impact the world.  Things beyond your imagination.

Above all, it’s sometimes scary to run your life this way – even if you possess a deep faith.  Thus, it’s easier to stick to the safe path, to opt for choices that look safe on paper.  But when you hone your gut instinct and the voice of God gets a little clearer, you look back at your seemingly outlandish choices and see them as part of God’s greater plan.

In conclusion, Jennifer encourages, when you let your blue flame connect you to God, outsiders will find this crazy.  But, you’ll:

  • have more peace than plans and spreadsheets provide
  • stumble into opportunities you never could have arranged on your own
  • make sacrifices that others find impossible
  • make decisions that surprise even you

Today’s question: What Bible verses help you to loosen your grip on your plans?  Please share.

Coming Monday: the July Short Meditation, “Terrior – only your Vinedresser knows for sure”

Tomorrow’s blog: “Make fail your word of the year”

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