God has a Plan For You
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future. “
The Lord doesn’t want us to fail. In fact, he wants nothing but the opposite. He wants us to succeed every time. Nevertheless, he does understand that sometimes we need to fail in order to truly succeed. He uses those hard times to help us grow if we allow him to.
You can ask my parents, I was tough child to raise. I was stubborn, loud, knew it all, couldn’t be told anything, lost my temper, got in trouble for everything, and took chances I shouldn’t have taken. My parents had their hands full, to say the least. God had plans for me though and they knew that. (That’s probably why they didn’t give up on me.) God never gave up on me either. He knew that eventually I would turn around and truly accept him into my life. He knew that I start writing devotionals to help others endure the same things I have in my past. He knew that I would prosper.
You see God gives us every situation we are in for a reason. I didn’t understand most of the time why things happened the way they did. I used to not accept that God has a plan as a reason either. Now I know that God has a plan. I know that he is helping me to grow. I know that he truly wants us to prosper because he has plans for our future. Plans that we know nothing about, yet.
Until I was about 31, I said that I would never want to work for myself. I wanted the comfort of getting a paycheck and not having to worry about the other parts of the business. God had blinded me to the fact that I was supposed to be an entrepreneur. He made it to where I could not see that that was part of my role in his world.
I could look back and think, God why didn’t you allow me to see this earlier? On the other hand, I can look back and think, I am so grateful that you put me each and every situation that you did so that I could learn have hope for the future. I’m grateful that you gave me opportunity to learn and meet a TON of people that I will be able to help now and in the future. I know that God’s plans are bigger than mine, and I accept that. I know that he never has intentions to cause me harm. He loves me, just as my parents love me. He wants nothing but to the best for all of us.
Things to think about
Is there something that happened to you that you didn’t understand at first, but later knew that God protected you? Have you ever “failed” only to find out that you learned so much more through that process than you ever could have otherwise?
Do you trust that God is there for you every day in every way?
Lord we come to you today with a humble heart. We know that you love us and we are thankful for that. Love is what keeps us moving every day. We would than you for giving us opportunities to grow. Even if we don’t see those opportunities right now, we know that you are here for us. God you give us hope every day and encouragement. We pray that you help us to give that same hope to others. Help us to never give up on anyone just as you never give up on us. We pray that you open our eyes to see you working in, not only our lives but also those around us. Help us to stay strong and be the encourages you NEED us to be. Lord, we thank you for your guidance, wisdom, and patience. Thank you.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!