I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE making lists. (Cool, right?)
I take great pleasure in getting out my trusty notebook to make a plan of what I’m going to do, how I’m going to do it, when I’m going to do it, who I’ll need help from, what finance will be required… the list goes on and on (pardon the pun!)
At this time of year, as I sit down to plan for the weeks and months ahead, I’ve found it helpful to reflect on what the Bible has to say on the subject. Proverbs 16:9 tells us ‘We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps’.
God has given us each a brain in our head and he absolutely wants us to carefully think, organise and strategise for the future. But ultimately we need to submit our plans to him and let him lead us where his plan directs.
Please pray that I’d have wisdom as I plan for the year to come, but also that I’d be willing to give God some ‘elbow room’ and be led where he wants to go (even if it’s not on my list!) It’s of great encouragement to me to know that you are praying, and that God is ultimately in control with a bigger, better plan for SU’s work in Glasgow than I could ever come up with. Phew!
‘If mean make God’s glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace.’ Matthew Henry
So with all that in mind, what do I hope to be doing over the coming weeks and months?
- Thanking you (right now!) for your support of the Glasgow ministry. It is highly valued!
- Visiting, resourcing and supporting SU Groups around Glasgow
- Advertising our Holidays programme to schools and churches
- Co-leading a Motiv8 Holiday (2nd–9thApril)
- Planning for the Glasgow East End Primary Weekend (13th–15thMay)
- Planning for summer activities: Basecamp (20th–26th June), KX3 Holiday (16th–23rd July), holiday club (dates TBC)
- Setting up a new Glasgow residential weekend to run in November
- Running the Bible Alive programme in a Glasgow primary school
- Recruiting new volunteers and setting up new SU Groups
- Avoiding getting sprayed in the face with shaving foam at any point in 2016
Mary-Louise ('ML') Stone is the Regional Worker for Glasgow. ML is originally from Caithness but has lived in Glasgow for 8 years now and almost managed to master the city centre's one way system! She is a member of The Gathering Church and likes to spend her free time riding her motorbike, playing sports and spending time with friends (but not all at the same time).