In Others’ Words: Make No Little Plans

Make No Little Plans 2015

I can either plan for more or plan for less. 

I want magic to stir my blood, so I’m aiming high in both my hopes and my work. I’m releasing the little plans that clutter my life and I’m opening my hands … my mind and my heart … to the big plans.

Daniel H. Burnham got it right when he said planning big involves both our hopes and our work. Plans are a combination of our so-poweful-even-though-you-can’t-touch-them dreams, which are fueled by hope, and the hard work required to pursue our big plans. Life is never hope or work. It’s yes-and, not either-or.

Maybe today’s quote whispered to my heart because my restless heart is responding to God’s soul-deep command of “Come follow me into the ‘more’ I have waiting for you, child.” 

These past few months I’ve waited and waited, asking “Where are we going, God?” Yesterday I took my first steps in following Him, knowing I was moving into the BIG, even though I don’t quite know what it is yet.

I’m calm … excited … hope-filled … and ready for the work ahead.

In Your Words: What big plans are you pursuing that stir your blood with magic

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  1. November 19, 2015, 7:17 am   /  Reply

    I love the tone of this and applaud you going after the BIG. Without putting a lot of thought into it to me BIG instantly computes as Based in Grace equals GOOD things ahead!

    • November 19, 2015, 9:38 am   /  Reply

      Oh, Dee: I love BIG = Based In Grace. Love, Love, Love!!!!

  2. November 19, 2015, 9:19 am   /  Reply

    Beth, I love the thought of going after the BIG plans, the unpredictable, risky ones. It requires a lot of faith, and work. My BIG? Working toward publication. 🙂

    • November 19, 2015, 9:39 am   /  Reply

      Yes, going after the BIG plans require lots of faith and lots of work … and I am finding the faith component is the BIGger challenge.

  3. November 20, 2015, 6:55 am   /  Reply

    Sorry I missed this yesterday, but I had Big Plans…*Version*=1&*entries*=0

    • November 20, 2015, 8:09 am   /  Reply

      Oh, Andrew!
      I read your reply … and I laughed … and then I clicked into comments and saw the link and realized you were serious. And then I clicked on the link and I bought your book! Big Plans, indeed! Good on you, friend!

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