A Man A Plan A Canal Panama

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Cartoon image of Theodore Roosevelt, wearing raincoat, at helm of "Ship of state" 1902.
Cartoon image of Theodore Roosevelt, wearing raincoat, at helm of “Ship of state” 1902.
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives.
Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:1-3

Teddy Roosevelt’s proud accomplishment was the Panama canal. It was a bold undertaking that involved worldwide cooperation, a coup, formation of a new country, dealing with death and disease, and engineering marvels. Whenever we make plans, we should involve God. Our church likes to pray, then plan. That’s a good way to start. Notice that God gives the answer ultimately, and He cares about our motives. We joke on mission trips saying “man plans, God laughs”. But, really, He is willing to be involved and to bless our God-honoring plans.

What are my plans? Have I prayed first?

Lord, I have plans. You know them. Lead and guide me and help me always make my plans subservient to Yours. I know the plans You have for me are for good and to prosper. Jeremiah 29:11

A little palindrome fun… spell the title of this post backward and see what it says!

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