Everyone Has A Plan, Until They Get Punched in the Face

Everyone Has A Plan, Until They Get Punched in the Face

Several years ago in a matter of about 24 hours my life fell apart. The details aren’t important. But, that event changed the entire trajectory of where I thought God was taking Emily and me. We had moved back from Peru to pursue a certain plan. It all seemed to make sense.

I had a great five-year strategy all mapped out in my head. And we were right on track, until everything got blown to heck. Financial security went out the door. All my plans were shattered.

The great philosopher Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

I got punched in the face and went from planning five years at a time to five days at a time.

For about a year we sat in limbo. We did our best to hold on to our integrity and not get angry with God. But it was hard. Some days were better than others. I had to work through lots of issues in my heart. I felt like I had been led off a cliff. I often wondered if we had made a mistake by leaving Peru. Maybe this was punishment…

I was thinking about that year of limbo yesterday. I laugh at the silly thoughts that went through my head. Because now I’m starting to see what God had planned on the other side of the challenge.

I’m convinced that if you want to live a courageous life you’d better be ready to face some serious challenges. They are tests to see if you are ready for promotion.

I’ve seen some people get punched in the face and they allow it to ruin the rest of their life. They get bitter and wonder how God could have allowed such a horrible thing to happen to them. Their life is forever shaped by one event.

Others take the challenges in stride, hold on to faith that God is working and pass the test God put in front of them. They move on to bigger and better things.

Start looking at every challenge as a test. Just on the other side, there’s something great waiting – if you’ll keep your perspective lifted and trust God. Great things are in store for those who persevere.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4