“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” (Proverbs 15:22, NLT)
The Lord has been speaking to me a lot lately about dreams and destiny. He has been speaking about listening to direction and taking steps towards the future. Over the next few weeks I want to write on the Spiritual Building Process.
As many of you know, my full time job is working in the construction industry for a company that builds homes all over the U.S. Most of my career has been in the building industry so I’m very familiar with the steps and processes involved in building a home. What I’ve found is that these steps and processes can be related very easily to our spiritual walk and to our journey towards fulfilling our purpose and destiny.
In the process of building a home it must start out with a dream to build a house, and with that dream, you develop a plan. As that plan is developed there are certain factors that help determine what is in the plan. Local building codes, area standards, engineering, material requirements, and guidelines that help a person develop a plan. You can’t also do exactly what you want due to some of these restrictions.
Throughout the building process there are also people involved that help you by giving you advice based upon their experience. They can tell you what has worked great and what has not worked so great. These people build houses everyday so their advice is very valuable to you building a home that turns into your dream home.
You’re probably already catching where I am going with this but let me explain anyway. As you look at the dream you have for your future, the purpose and destiny God has for you, it’s important that we make a plan. A plan gives us a guideline to go by so that we don’t get distracted. It’s important that as we make our plans, we allow the Lord to determine our steps. Just like in building a house, there are things that determine how it will be built. Make your plan, but be willing to have that planned changed and adjusted according to the Lord’s leading.
It’s also important that we be open to council and advice from those who have been where we are at. “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a building project, whether new construction or remodeling, go wrong because people wouldn’t listen to the advice of those who have been through the process. It’s vital as you move forward in your journey that you surround yourself with people who have been where you are at right now, people that can give you advice and speak into your life. It doesn’t mean that you have to do things exactly like they did, but you can pull from them and apply it to yourself as it fits. It also means you may be able to avoid mistakes that they may have made by listening to their advice. I’ve seen building projects go bad because of not listening to advice but I’ve also seen them go great because people heeded to the advice of the experts.
I’ve never been involved in building a home or any other project where something in the plan didn’t change, even part way through the project or at the end, it’s not uncommon. So, begin to make your plan if you haven’t already. Be open to the Lord directing your steps. Surround yourself with those who’ve been where you are. Most importantly, don’t be so stuck to the design that you won’t change. Be willing to make adjustments to your plan at the beginning, part way through, and even towards the end.
I pray this has blessed you, next week I will write about “Building the Foundation.”