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We all have things we want to accomplish and naturally we make plans for our day. And then life happens and plans change. It’s good to stay flexible and adjust to changing plans, without getting lost and distracted from the work we’re called to do.

Life happens – from sick kids and heavy traffic, to extended conversations with a coworker and random phone calls from a friend.

It’s not all bad. It’s just disruptive in that it forces us to change our plans for the day.

When we’re too rigid in our planning these changes can bring out much anger and resentment.

Staying flexible allows us to adapt while remaining engaged in our practice of love. We don’t have to takeout our frustrations on others even when we’re disappointed our plans have changed.

We can grieve our lost time and still choose to love anyway.

And, to be sure, these are often meaningful interruptions – taking us away from our plans but providing us exactly what we need.

At the same time, while our daily plans change often, our ultimate goal and destination should not.

Interruptions can quickly become a distraction and block us from the work we’re called to do when we’re not careful.

While our work might be delayed or we have to take a different path than originally planned, we must maintain a clear vision of what God has given us to do.

Life happens and plans change, but this is never an excuse to neglect our mission.

We invite unnecessary suffering when we’re too rigid in our plans. But being too easily distracted brings harm in the long run as well.

Stay flexible and focused – adjusting to changing plans without letting distractions take you off course from God’s call for your life.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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