If you asked, I would say, 'I'm a planner.' Surely, hopes and dreams need good plans and lists: logical steps toward their fulfillment. I try to consider contingencies, what-if's and various circumstances.
I reach out to trusted associates, because 'The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise' (Proverbs 12:15, NKJV), 'Plans fail for a lack of counsel' (Proverbs 15:22, NIV), and 'Victory is won through many advisers' (Proverbs 11:14, NIV). But where is God in all my planning?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I'm not the smartest lady in town, but I'm smart enough to see lots of smart people trip on their intellects.
With grades, awards and fancy degrees, achievers grow fond of being right. They enjoy the prestige of titles and bask in the respect of others... Like the scribes, lawyers and Pharisees.*
They condemned the Chosen One of God, since He wasn't similarly schooled. Nor did He seek their counsel or help.
Where was God in all of Christ's planning? Front and center, as well He must be, because sometimes smart people are wrong.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're smart and you know it. But look up:
1. Too easily, smart people get proud. When that monster grabs hold of someone, even wise church leaders will tumble. Sadly, Scriptures can be edited or taken out of context. Beware.
2. Good counselors will listen closely, prayerfully consider your plans, and ask God for His confirmation. They will be known by humility and acts of service toward the poor.
3. Still, the wisest Counselor is God. Make a practice of your submission. Don't try to plot the map of your life. Because hiding within man's best plans... is failure... because God wasn't asked.
## Proverbs For Performers: Making Plans? Ask God (Part 83)
* Matthew 23: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+23&version=NKJV
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.