Every one of us has planned something that didn’t turn out quite like we planned. Maybe it was a conversation over lunch or dinner with a friend. Maybe it was something bigger, like a career, a relationship, or a marriage…but whatever it was, you look back and see that somehow you missed it. Maybe you realize the way you chose might not have been the best way.

That’s why it is so important to know God’s plans for you. If your plan is not God’s purpose for you, nothing is going to turn out right. And the only way to know God’s purpose and way for you is to have a relationship with Him – the kind of relationship you have with a close friend, a family member or your spouse. The kind of relationship in which you can hardly let a day go by without having a conversation with your loved one. 

To have a conversation with anyone, we listen, and we talk. With God, it’s the same - listening to Him (reading the Bible) and talking to Him (praying).  Daily. The more you’re with Him, the better you know Him, and the better you know Him, the more you’re convinced of His love for you. The more you’re convinced of His love, the better you listen.

The truth is that there is not another person on earth who loves you like God, and there is not a person on earth who has a better plan for you than God. When you make your own plans without listening to God, you probably have learned the hard way that His way would have been best. But just because you may have missed it in the past, doesn’t mean you need to miss the next opportunity. The beautiful thing about your relationship with God is that He is compassionate and always wants to give you a new start.  

With God’s help, your failures do not determine your future. What determines your future is how well you’re tuned into God’s voice and listening to what He says to you. 

You’ll find the more time you spend with God, the more confident you become of hearing His plan for you. The more you hear Him, the more confident you will become that His thoughts are not your thoughts, and His ways are not your ways. 

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

Today, tell God you want His way in your life and that you are listening.