I am a planner.
Maybe it is because responsibility is one of my strengths? Maybe it is because I am a control freak? Maybe it is because I want to make sure that I don’t miss out on anything?
Regardless of why, I am a planner. I plan. It is what I do.
Scarcely do I find myself plan-less.
But oddly in the grand scheme of my career to date, I have never known where I was headed. I’ve talked about this before. As a child, I didn’t envision myself as a heroic firefighter, a stay-at-home mom, an entitled princess, a corporate tycoon, or a vengeful crusader. I didn’t graduate from college thinking I want to work in publishing or in Corporate Communications. I’ve always kind of stumbled onto what was next.
But now for some strange reason I feel this great pressure to know what God’s plan is for my life, to know where I am headed, to know what my legacy will be.
And candidly it is overwhelming.
These feeling were only heightened when I spent a few days a couple of weeks ago in Chicago at the Q Conference surrounded by people with big dreams who were not only making them happen, but literally changing the world in the process.
As I packed up to leave, I filled with self-doubt. Why wasn’t I doing something more meaningful? Why didn’t I have bigger dreams? Why was I just stewing in my discontent? (Certainly not my average Friday afternoon questions.)
I made a few important goodbyes before I took off. And in the process, I had one of the most meaningful conversations of my life. My new “left coast” friend Kyle Zimmerman is a sage who filled me with some great advice that I have been stewing on for the few weeks. He said, “Lindsey, you don’t need to understand His plan. You just need to figure out your next right step.”
And here I sit prayerfully considering my next right step.
Thanks Kyle for speaking truth into my life. May your advice help others like it has helped me.
Are you looking for His plan or the next step He wants you to take?