Week 1 Verse – Jeremiah 29:11

As part of my “Goals For 2014” I decided to choose a different Bible verse for each week.  Something to think about and pray on.  This week I went with Jeremiah 29:11.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This verse is an obvious choice.  At the beginning of the year we take stock of the previous one and prepare and plan for the new one.  It’s good to be reminded that God’s on our side and wants us to do well.

Here’s the same verse out of The Message, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”.

God has it all planned out!  I like that.  The control freak in me does better with a plan.  The thing I need to remember is that God has the plan but I am the one that has to implement that plan.  I need an open mind and heart to hear what he wants me to do and then the discipline to follow through.

Another thing I like about The Message version of this verse is the “not abandon” you part.  When God’s plan pushes me out of my comfort zone I need to stay strong in the belief that God is right there with me.  If he brings me to it, he’ll bring me through it.

The final reason I like The Message version is because it sounds like something I would say to my daughters.  Just like our Heavenly Father uses a verse like this to comfort us… as parents we’ve all said something similar to comfort our own children.  “It’s OK, sweetheart.  Daddy knows what he’s doing.  It’ll all work out.  You’ll see.”

I believe God’s plan for me in 2014 is to grow both personally and professionally.  His plan is underway and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

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