Am I a Compulsive Planner?

Woman writing out her plans on paper

I have a couple questions for you today. Do you find yourself stressing out if you don’t have a plan or if your plan gets messed up? Am I the only one that could be considered a compulsive planner?

Many times in ministry we get so caught up in the planning that we lose sight of communing with God. There is nothing wrong with planning, unless it controls our lives. It is good to have a plan, otherwise things get chaotic, but when we become so obsessed with the planning that it diverts our attention from God it is not a good thing.

My daily devotion was on this topic recently and I believe it is something we all need to be reminded of.

Listen to Me continually. I have much to communicate to you, so many people and situations in need of prayer. I am training you to set your mind on Me more and more, tuning out distractions through the help of My Spirit.

Walk with me in holy trust, responding to My initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans. I died to set you free, and that included freedom from compulsive planning. When your mind spins with a multitude of thoughts, you cannot hear My voice. A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control. Turn from this idolatry back to Me. Listen to Me and live abundantly!

As I stated earlier there certainly isn’t anything wrong with planning and we should, but when we get upset because maybe God’s plan doesn’t fit in ours, it’s time we make sure our planning is in tune with Him. Also make sure we aren’t getting ahead of Him but asking Him to help us with our planning. Things will go much smoother when we do this!


About Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

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