Today we consider another critical choice that hovers beneath your money moments.

CHOICE #3 – Whose plan?

Early in my financial career I learned something pivotal. “You will either have a plan, or you will be part of someone else’s plan.” Click To Tweet At the time, that comment was made to help me focus on my business goals. But since then, I understand that it affects everything in my life.

There are many plans that surround you every day and each plan reflects its planner. The answer to our question today will reflect the alignment of you to the plan’s respective designer, or, planner. So, two options exist for any plan you are in: 1) your desires are in alignment with the planner, or, 2) you are being fooled.

Let’s take a look at the four common plans in your path to from which to choose:

  • WORLD’S plan – comes from the world around you. The world’s plan is obvious because it always drives you to be bigger, better, faster, and wanting more. The world’s plan can feel like striving.
  • YOUR plan – comes from you but is influenced by others. I find that many people’s plans are by default, not from design. They attach to whatever plan(s) are most present and dominant. Your plans can feel like being pulled between priorities.
  • INFLUENCER’S plan – comes from a friend, a parent, or a boss. This is always based on what THEY think is best for you. Input from others is wise. Control from others can be devastating. This plan feels like you are living someone else’s life.
  • GOD’s plan – comes from faith, love, mercy and hope. Mathew says it better than anyone ever has: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-38 ESV This plan feels like truth, peace and rest.

Plans are all around you and you are currently in at least one of the plans above, if not multiple plans. As you know, there is always conflict between multiple plans and that results in stress, busyness, striving, relational tensions, a lack of peace and overall unrest. This is not what God intended. Not even close. So consider todays question, Whose plan are you in? God has a plan for you, your life, your family and your money that reflects His character and His love. It’s always true and it never changes – just like the planner.

John’s CHANGE FOR YOUR DOLLAR – Think about the plans you are part of right now and the direction you are headed – list the plans and consider their planner, their designer. Do you believe what they believe? Is your plan taking you closer to God, or are your drifting further from Him?

Here is a tool to help you live your potential with wise money choices. Enjoy!