“Plan for a good day and you’ll have a good day. That’s taking dominion.”
Hoping and Planning Are Not The Same
When I use the word hope here, it’s not actually the biblical definition. That would be “confident anticipation.” In this post, I’m using the term much the same way that we use it in our communication today.
From the perspective of scripture, planning would come before hoping (using hope as confident anticipation).
Hoping (as we usually say it today) is “wishful thinking.” In this way a person can hope until (as my dad used to say) the cows come home. Unless that hope is strong enough to motivate you to plan, it’s pretty much useless.
On the other hand…
Planning is a mental and physical activity that has the potential of getting you somewhere. Let’s say I want to go visit my Dad in Des Moines. And, I want to get there the quickest way. Since I’ve gone to my Dad’s place many times, I already know the best way. But, let’s say it was the first time.
I wouldn’t just get in my car, start the engine, back out of my drive, and start down the road. I only do that when I want to go get something to eat. 🙂
(ummm…not a good example on the going to eat thing. Sorry, honey!)
But, let’s say my Dad lives in the same city but has changed addresses. What do I do? (a) Hope to get there quickly? – or – (b) Plan by using a map, etc?
B wins!! It did win…didn’t it??
Genesis 1:28 holds the principle that guarantees a good day:
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
In the original thought of God, dominion has the idea of designing, setting in order, and guiding to completion. It does not have the meaning of being a dictator.
A Word About Good
You may ask, “But what if bad things happen during the day you’ve planned to be good?” Guess what? We live in a real world that is broken and bad things happen to good people. The thought wasn’t …and you’ll have a perfect day.
Things don’t have to be without flaw to be good.
For too long too many people let “life happen to them” instead of them “happening to life.” Happening to life is as simple as beginning to take dominion. Set out a plan. It would be surprising if everything fell into place perfectly. However, if you don’t know what the pieces are and are only floating along on a wish and a prayer (a prayer that is more of a verbalized wish), then you’ll never really know if you accomplished a good day or not.
You may be a person who judges the quality of their day primarily on an emotional response to it as to whether it was “good” or not. But, there’s a better way. Give yourself the opportunity to accurately judge the quality of your day by specifics that were accomplished. When you approach your day that way, the emotions will fall in line.
Here’s to good Kingdom Days by taking dominion over them.
Have a good day 🙂