[Five Minute Friday] Plan

I try. I try really hard.
I think and plan and think and evaluate some more.
I neglect old plans and come up with new ones.
I rethink every idea I have and I am careful to not miss anything.

And yet, nothing goes as planned.
Time is too short, material is missing, students come up with their own, unique ideas.
I have not taught a single lesson the way I had planned it.

And that is totally fine.

Working with people is never a full-proof thing.
You can’t choose to invest in people without taking a risk.
You can’t program others like you would program a computer.
You can give a certain input, but you can never be sure about the outcome.
Everyone working outside an office might be familiar with that.

We’re all little planners.
We plan our day. When to get up, when to do what, when to meet friends.
We plan our months and years. When to visit relatives, when to go on vacation.
We ultimately plan our lives. When to get married. When to have kids. Where to live and how to pay off mortgages.

We experience success, happiness, and fulfilled plans.
But I guess I’ve never met a person who hasn’t also experienced defeat, disappointment, and loss.
Plans fail. Every day, in every life.

And that is fine as well.
Because at the end of the day it’s not about the plan.
It’s about the interruptions and my attitude towards them.
They might change my plans, give them a different direction, bring something or someone to life we’d have never expected.
That’s what makes life rich and beautiful.

So how interruptible are your plans today?

On Fridays I plan to link up with Kate Motaung and a fabulous group of writers for Five Minute Friday. One prompt. Five minutes of writing. No editing. Come and join us!

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

4 thoughts on “[Five Minute Friday] Plan”

  1. Oh yes, these kind of interruptions are not fun…Especially youth ministry holds some “surprises” at night…Hope you also have lots of blessings whenever you turn yourself back on!

  2. that's a great question to end with…. “How interruptable is your plan?” How often we don't like to be interrupted but it's all in God's plan and He works it all for good! Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Ooh. Such a good way to end your post, with that question… I am often frustrated with interruptions – not so much to the plan or schedule of my day, but moreso when I am home in the evenings to “turn off” and recharge. If I have to turn myself “back on” when I didn't expect it, my mood shifts and sometimes I don't recover for a few hours. But this is the life of ministry, and even though you'd think I'd be more prepared, each time I'm interrupted, it feels like a surprise – a surprise I'm not excited about. And this is where introversion clashes with ministry. (sigh)

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