When Ed was 12 he landed his first job. He talked the newspaper route manager, in Walnut Creek, California, into hiring him. They never hired kids under the age of 14. But they took a chance on him. He worked hard, and was soon told by his manager, that had increased his sales, from 60 to 186 customers. This made his route the largest one on the paper. He built those accounts, by knocking on doors and asking people to buy the newspaper from him. Ed had one speech memorized, and he gave the same speech to everyone. One day he knocked on a door, and a woman who looked like she was a hundred years old answered. He was a little flustered about what he should do, because he was used to kids answering the door. He went right into the only speech he had prepared.
He said, “Is your mother home?” She answered, “No my mother is dead.” They both laughed, and the woman thought he was so cute, she bought the paper from him. Ed said, “You know, sometimes it pays to have a Plan B!”
There comes a season in life, where we look back across the years we have lived, and we reflect. It is bitter-sweet, as we realize that our time is considerably shorter, than when we first started on life’s journey. Men normally go through some type of “Mid-Life Crises.” And women go through something similar. We think about all of the things that we originally planned, to have accomplished by this time. Most of us feel regret, about the goals that haven’t been achieved. This is the time when we determine that things should be different, and we start to make some changes. Men feel a loss of their youth and strength. Women’s roles, with the people in their lives change, and they feel a need to re-establish boundaries.
Those who have been in marriages, that are a bottomless pit of torment, may finally call it quits. The individual who has hated their job, may resign and search for a more fulfilling enterprize. A woman may draw a line in the sand about how others have treated her. And a man, may make a list of his most important wishes, and stir up the will to make them come true. We all started our quest, by mapping out a plan. When that plan doesn’t bring us to our destination, it is the perfect time, for a Plan B.
“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. Jeremiah 29:11
HOW TO MAKE YOUR PLAN B
- SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS OR IN A SPECIAL PLACE, AND COMMUNE WITH GOD ABOUT WHAT YOUR DREAMS ARE
WRITE DOWN A FEW FUN THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO, THAT MAY INCLUDE A VEHICLE, A VOCATION, OR GOING TO A PLACE
BUY SOME CLOTHES THAT YOU LOVE, FOR THE TIME YOU AREN’T WORKING
OUTLINE YOUR MOST BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES
DECIDE WHAT PEOPLE YOU WANT TO BE WITH YOU ON THE ADVENTURES IN YOUR LIFE
- DECIDE WHAT BOUNDARIES YOU ARE GOING TO SET, AND DON’T LET PEOPLE CROSS THEM
KEEP A FEW SCRIPTURES THAT INSPIRE YOU NEARBY
Time has a way of changing us, and God will often change our goals and dreams. Sometimes life isn’t fair. But God is fair. If we put our trust in God, he can help us make a plan, that will take us where we are supposed to be. Even though our enemy, may have disrupted our lives, intending to bring destruction, God can take what the enemy has meant for bad, and turn it to good.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Ask God to help you make your plans for the future. You can take that adventure, write that symphony, climb that mountain, and forge those new relationships. God is cheering you on and leading the way. He may even take you beyond your wildest dreams.