When my husband and and I went into church planting we knew God's purpose for the church was a "movement of love" to God, to people, and to the city. We started dreaming, and praying about what the future held, and among that started making plans. Plans for what we wanted it to look like, and where we wanted it to go. What I didn't realize was, our plans aren't necessarily God's purpose. That isn't to say, God couldn't use our plans for His purpose. But sometimes our plans in life, God is looking at saying this isn't your purpose.
Pastors' wives, your plan and your purpose are two different things. Your plan is a decision or intention you make for what you are going to do or achieve. Your purpose is the reason God created you, and you exist. We can't confuse them. A lot of times, we plan before we see the purpose. You can't prepare for a trip before you know there is a trip. There are times in church planting we get so caught up in doing the "church thing" that we are constantly planning events, services, and so on before we seek God's purpose.
If we plan without a purpose our plans will fail. Unless God is in it, and we seek His purpose, will our plans align with it. Psalm 127: 1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
People love to make plans! We feel our time clocks ticking here on earth and we make all these grand plans. When we want to get married, how much money we want to have before kids, where we want our kids to go to college, what our marriage will look like, places we want to travel, and the plans continuously go on. I hear stories all the time about major ceos, or business owners quitting it all to become church planters. While their testimonies are amazing, and God turned their plans into His purpose. Could you have imagined how much sooner God could have used them for His purpose had they sought out His purpose before their plans.
Church planters, pastors, and pastors' wives seek God's purpose. What trip, or church are you planning for that God is wanting to build? Stop trying so hard to make your plans happen, and make things fall into place. If God is in it, and it is His purpose then your plans and dreams in it will not fail but flourish. Listen up, don't get confused. Because it is God's purpose and your plans are aligned with it doesn't mean it will be an easy fairy tale. We live in a fallen world and God's purpose for you, and the plans for it will have hard seasons. There will be a whole lot of learning and growth along the way. Sometimes you will get carried away with "your" plans, and sometimes the enemy will attack.
Cover your house, your ministry, and everyone you come in contact with in prayer. And, never lose sight of His purpose for you.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor