On this beautiful Monday after Easter, I was struck by the following quote which I am not sure where I got it and it was some years ago but has stuck with me.
"Most people don't plan to mess up their lives, but they don't plan not to."
I have always liked this. It speaks to living with intentionality. In the absence of any type of plan, our lives inevitably will fall apart. This is true at work, at home, with friends, decisions, and faith. No one ever sets out with a deliberate plan to put their lives in a bad place. No one wants to end up divorced, or in debt, or lonely, or addicted, or . . . The problem is that so many people end there because they did not have any plan in place to end up where they DID want to go.
I wonder how many of the struggles you and I face are simply because we allowed life to happen to us, instead of being the ones who dictate how we live and respond to life. I think there is a significant question that we can ask to help us with this, but you'll have to wait until next week for me to share that quote. For now, I encourage you to ask this question in any area of your life that you feel is messed up. "How did I get here and what decisions would I need to make if I wanted my life to take a different trajectory?"
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