What’s Your Plan of Action?
Some say plan of action, others use the more business friendly form, POA. Some of y’all are thinking, “What the what?” A plan of action is an organized course that guides you to achieve your goals. It’s like a cliff notes version of a business plan.
When I was 18 and in my first week of college, aka, Freshman Orientation, I planned out my next 4 years of college. I had every class laid out, four years in advance. I stacked my course loads with a mixture of 101 classes and 400 level classes. Most of my friends followed the (horrible) advice of their advisors and took all their 100 & 200 level classes first, then the last two years of their collegiate career they were stacked with 300 & 400 classes.
When I was 18, I thought, “Heck no! Are you kidding me, I don’t want to have three 400 level classes in one semester!” So I scheduled, like I said, 4 years in advanced, my 110 English class the same semester that I was taking 435 Sports Finance. Many of my friends were envious.
My plan of action (POA), was set in motion for 4 years and I was able to follow it with about 95% accuracy.
I’ve taken this route many times in my life, planning stuff out and following the path accordingly. Then about 10 years ago, God told me to let go of my plans and let him lead. So I did.
And God’s plan of action took me places I could have never imagined. Mission trips to South America, the Caribbean, SE Asia, Europe and here in the States. The people I met and the experiences He blessed me with, are, for the most part, unimaginable.
And now, the Holy Spirit is leading me back to the planning stages and this time I have a unique perspective and truly seek to follow the advices of Jesus’ half brother, James, who wrote,
…You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your proud intentions. All such boasting is evil.… (Click here to read more at Bible Hub).
One of the best ways to prepare your plan of action, is to consistently pray in the Spirit to make sure you’re truly following His purpose for your life. Sometimes an idea or a path may appear to be a good thing, but just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s for you.
The Holy Spirit will give you wisdom. The Apostle Paul wanted to go to Asia. The Holy Spirit said no. Is going to Asia to spread the Gospel of Jesus a good thing? Of course!
Unless the Holy Spirit doesn’t want you too, then you shouldn’t do it. Make sure your POA is guided by God, so that you can truly obey the Lord’s desire for you.
This is harder than it sounds.
I know this by experience and I’ve been rebuked by the Lord once or twice.
Remember to run the race the Lord Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, has given you.
Don’t turn back to look at your former life, because, as Jesus said,
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Click here for more from Bible Hub.)