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Trust God’s Plan: What Works For Them May Not Work For You

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God’s Plan is a Fail-Proof Plan

god's planI put on mascara. Something I do from time to time, but rarely. According to one of my closest friends, who happens to be a makeup artist (MUA), the more coats the better. She suggests six so, of course, I went for 6. I got to the fourth coat and my lashes basically said, “I wish you would…”, so I stopped lol. So, it looks like 4 coats of mascara are my limit.

My lesson for the day was – though I’ve learned this many times before – just because something works for someone else doesn’t mean it works for you.

Just like those YouTubers and their natural hair product reviews. Not one product suggested has worked for me yet. Of course, I’ve gotten discouraged and frustrated because it costs money to “trial and error”, but my hair is different than theirs.

God’s Plan for Your Life Fits You Perfectly

writingNope, this isn’t about mascara or hair products, but rather about how what was meant to work for someone else just may not work for you. And no, I’m not telling you not to try whatever from YouTube, but I am saying that another’s “fail-proof” method wasn’t exactly thought out with your success in mind.

But God’s plan was.

See, we spend so much time patterning our lives based on the latest craze, social media influencer post, and product review that we often miss the exit ramp for our own plans. I have, in the past, found myself comparing my progress to that of folks that I followed on Instagram and people that I’d graduated with who seemed to be further along than I was.

What I failed to acknowledge was that my life was not set up to turn out like theirs. I forgot to factor in that, when God formed me in the belly of my mother, He’d also developed an individual plan for my life – a great plan for my life. And you know what else I learned? His definition of great is far different and better than mine!

I even found that with all the “suggestions” of how to live life going around, I was neglecting to live out the commands that God had set forth for me. Only He knows my actual limits, and yours. In fact, He knew I could only handle 4 coats of mascara at a time LOL!

So, What’s the Play Call?

Often, it may seem that the path someone else has laid or the suggestions they give may be easier to follow because the research is already done. Don’t be fooled, the path set for your life, specifically, will always work out better for you. Here are a few things to remember when someone else’s fail-proof plan doesn’t work out so fail-proof for you:

  1. Check with God. When you look to God for what will work for you, there is no need to envy what others are doing. Let Him direct you. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6
  2. Try to please God. I say try because we all fall short at one time or another, just wanting to get it right. When you live your life to please Him, things will work out the way they should. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23
  3. Follow the Lord’s leading, not your heart. We get a lot of “feelings” in this here heart of ours, especially once we get a glimpse of what and how others are doing. Just follow Him. “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
  4. Life’s temptations are not God’s will. Nope, they’re not. He wouldn’t put you in a position to fall or fail. When you feel tempted into comparison via social media or any other channel, you are free to unfollow or walk away. God will give a way out. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Many of you reading may not wear mascara, but all I’m saying is let God show you your limits. Six coats will do you no good if you can only handle 4.

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