Anita's Devotions


God’s Dreams Are Bigger Than A Business Plan

Written by Anita Carman

Dear Faithful One,

“Have you ever hit a dead end or entered a season of turbulence where you’ve lost your compass? Have you ever grown weary of losing one more friend along the journey? How do you sustain the passion and momentum to accomplish a dream, regardless of how many times you must reshape it, recreate it, or redefine it?” The above sentences were in the introduction pages of my new book, “Making Sense of Your Life”, scheduled to be released on November 4, 2011.

In wrestling with these questions God reminded me of the disciple John who was described in John 13:23, 20:2, 21:7 and 21:20 as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This same disciple who described himself as being more attached to Jesus than anyone else kept going in God’s mission even after Jesus ascended to heaven. I desired to learn how to keep going, especially from the disciple who doted on Jesus.

In the next weeks’ devotions I will share insights from my new book. This week’s insight is this: God’s plan for life is in the person of Jesus.  John 1:3 reads: Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In the midst of God’s own dream unraveling after the fall of Adam and Eve, God’s plan to rescue His dream was in His son. If Jesus is God’s solution to repair His dreams, surely Jesus is sufficient for any dream God designs for you or me!

Next time, your dreams unravel, instead of looking for a business plan, try looking for a Jesus plan.  I invite you to pick up the dismantled pieces of your life to re-assemble life to showcase God’s character and purpose.  Is there an activity you must get rid of to pursue holiness? Is there something you must give up to evidence priority to God’s mission to save the world?  Have you made someone or something else an idol instead of being in love with Jesus? Then make sense of your life by making Jesus your answer.  God’s dreams are not accomplished by a business plan, they can only be fulfilled by a Jesus plan!

I pray this devotion encourages you in a special way. When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita