Why I Don’t Have a 5-Year Plan

I’m a classic Type-A control freak. I love lists. And checking things off lists. And making lists for tomorrow, and having a calendar, and planning, and routines, and…I think you get it. So I eat it up when bloggers and other influencers ask me to write my goals for the year…and even the next five years. It’s an extra step of planning my life that I enjoy. They all say to have a great year, a great life, we must plan, make goals, and take control of our future.

Because wouldn’t it be nice if life were predictable? Like, if an item were on my to-do list it was sure to get done? Okay, wouldn’t it be wonderful if I were in control…all the time?

Yeah, now I sound like a crazy person. But that’s what we try to do isn’t it? We try to stuff our future in a box that makes sense to us today. We try to leave as little room for variability as possible.


Because the unknown is scary. And we’ve been taught that not having a plan is irresponsible.

I’ve learned that God laughs at my plans. Not because He hates me, but because He loves me. You see, I have such narrow vision. I leave no room for miracles or for Grace. I see through my own eyes and my perception is limited. So my plans are limited.

God doesn’t have small plans for me, or for you.

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 10:10b

Not a predictable life. Not a boring life. Not a life up to you.

God exists outside of time and sees the whole picture, from creation to eternity. And He looks at each of us with eyes of love; a heart that desires the best for us.

I know He smiles when I try to make plans. Because my Father likes to surprise me. He likes to show me how big He is. And He wants me to trust He is faithful. All the time. In every circumstance.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Psalm 119:105

One step. That’s it. One step at a time. The Lord may give us a vision for our future but He rarely gives a timeline.

Do the work. Show up. Go after God. And trust He will get you where you’re going…in His time.

I’m so grateful God doesn’t always give us our own way. I wouldn’t trade anything for where I am today. Yes, it’s been hard. And a lot of work. Oh, and no, I’m not immune to disappointment when things don’t turn out the way I want them to. But I see God everywhere in my life.

And that, my friends, is worth more than anything. To be able to feel God’s Presence surrounding me, to hear Him in music, teachings, and the voices of friends. To witness His hands working in and through the people around me.

No, no 5-year plan I could ever write would compare to the way God writes the story. He is infinitely more creative and good than I could ever hope to be.

And He takes me with Him.

If I’ll just humble myself to trust Him, He’ll bring me along.

And that is all I could ever hope for.

The direction I thought my life was going is nothing compared to where I am now.

By holding on too tight, we risk squeezing the adventure out of life.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

So instead of making goals about what I want to do, maybe I’ll try focusing on who God wants me to be.

Now when people ask, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

I can answer, “Wherever God takes me.”

Make plans. But leave room for God to work in marvelous, unforeseen ways this year.

God, grant us vision for who you want us to be. Give us patience to wait. And help us to trust that you are good. All the time. Amen.

When you look back at your goals and plans, do you see where God’s hand took you in a different direction in order to bring you closer to Him?

How do you see God working in your story right now?

P.S. Launching this blog was my goal for 2017

About megstoike

I'm a wife, mom of two, and lover of Jesus. I believe through Him we are transformed and receive new life, giving us unique purpose.

6 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Have a 5-Year Plan

  1. Meg,
    Love your posts. If I’m a devoted follower of Jesus, God truly is in charge of my life and plans. I still plan, but I consult HIM beforehand and leave room for HIM to change them as He sees fit. Only He really knows what’s around the corner, let alone down the road!


  2. I surely have lived through this! It’s always been my thought that it is a good thing that God in His mercy doesn’t show us what’s ahead – we’d freak out! Best He peacefully assures is there will be just enough light for the next step – in Him <3

    1. Oh for sure! So many times I’ve thought that I wouldn’t have the courage or maybe the faith to step forward if God had shown us the entire path. Thanks Dawn!

  3. I am afraid I am not a planner. I could use a lot of help, but, most times when I make a plan it doesn’t work out. Just working with ideas and walking God’s path for me. Love His surprises!

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