Saturday, November 12, 2016

Make No Little Plans

by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

I can either plan for more or plan for less. 
I want magic to stir my blood, so I’m aiming high in both my hopes and my work. I’m releasing the little plans that clutter my life and I’m opening my hands … my mind and my heart … to the big plans.

Daniel H. Burnham got it right when he said planning big involves both our hopes and our work. Plans are a combination of our so-powerful-even-though-you-can’t-touch-them dreams, which are fueled by hope, and the hard work required to pursue our big plans. Life is never hope or work. It’s yes-and, not either-or.

Maybe today’s quote whispered to my heart because my restless heart is responding to God’s soul-deep command of “Come follow me into the ‘more’ I have waiting for you, child.” 

These past few months I’ve waited and waited, asking “Where are we going, God?” Yesterday I took my first steps in following Him, knowing I was moving into the BIG, even though I don’t quite know what it is yet.

I’m calm … excited … hope-filled … and ready for the work ahead.

In Your Words: What big plans are you pursuing that stir your blood with magic


Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” 

A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Connect with Beth on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or check out her blog on quotes, In Others’ Words.


  1. Beth, I'm there with you. I took a little time off from my treadmill going nowhere projects the past two monts especially, to pray through this election season. Now on the other side of the big day, I'm seeing clearer the doors opening and the word God gave me at the beginning of the year makes sense: Go Forth. I'm looking forward, with more hope than ever, to "big" things glazed in "magic."

    1. Kathy,
      Oh, those words "Go Forth," have such power in them, don't they? Especially when God speaks those two words to our hearts! Celebrating with you those doors opening!

  2. Go for it! God has big plans for YOU!