Growing up, we were told to remember that there are two sides to every story. We were told to listen first, and make our judgment second. As we grow up we realize that we fill in the gaps of what we understand with our own version of the story. This even happens in our walk with the Lord.
The past two years I have been working on a project to dramatically change the way Campus Crusade tracks and measures church planting. As an Engineer – who even comes from a family of Engineers – I categorized the elements that needed to be addressed and built into the process the ability to modify the plan as new information was learned.
What I did not do well at planning was how God would use the process and the obstacles to change the trajectory of the project. Recently my teammates and I asked the question: “Is the vision of the project still needed and will it be helpful if completed?” The answer: “Yes.” So we decided to plan time to review all our original assumptions, our stated needs and requirements. Then review how God has been directing the project through the interaction of other organizations so that we can put our plans in line with what God wants us to do.
A man’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.