Monday, July 02, 2012

Going Plan-less

Watching the sunset
I missed this place last week. My family went on vacation to the beach and did some "chillaxin'" as my kids say. My intentions were to blog at least once while I was there. But God obviously had different plans, because I could not ever get a safe enduring connection to the internet. I could have been like Michael Hyatt and planned ahead and posted all of my top favorite blogs of the year. But, I didn't. I could have gone across the street from our condo to a yogurt shop and spent a few hours away from my family posting a blog. But, I didn't. 

What I did do was enjoy some wonderful time with the Lord, my husband and my kiddos. ( And for a few days, my parents who are in remission from lymphoma and prostate cancers.) 

The term vacation actually comes from the Latin word, vacare, which means... (brace yourself), "to be unoccupied." For seven days, I tried to be "unoccupied" by the things that don't really matter. And be occupied by the things that do. After my family continued to ask me,"What's the plan?" on the first day of our so-called vacation, I declared myself, "PLAN-LESS." Let's just sleep until we wake up, eat when we get hungry, go inside when we get hot, and go to bed when we get tired. 
The unforced rhythms of grace.

For those of you that fear going plan-less is as exposing as going top-less, you may want to try it. It is freeing, refreshing, and rejuvenating. 

This is what going plan-less did for me:

  • Helped me to focus on people (little and big), not my to-do list, my laundry, or even my blog.
  • Sparked a sense of creativity that resulted in the kind of writing where you put a pen to paper and it flows out of you like a waterfall.
  • Clarified my purpose. What am I doing and why am I doing it?
  • Exaggerated my blessings. I became overwhelmed by the goodness and the greatness of the Lord.
  • Renewed a right spirit within me. We get tired. We grow weary. God provides rest and restoration. 
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Mt 11: 28 - 30 MSG
It's a good thing I got some rest. Because I am getting ready to pack up and move! Not from my home, but from this little corner of cyberspace. We'll be having a move-in day party soon... so be sure to watch out for the invitation! 

Until then, take some time this holiday week to go plan-less. And see what kind of plan God has...


Cailey Dumler said...

This post is amazing! Thank you for the encouragement & the reminder that I need on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. As always, you inspire me!

Kelli Williams Wommack said...

Thanks, Cailey. I obviously need the reminder, too, even though I am not a constant highlighter carrier. :)

Jennifer K. Hale said...

Love this post, Kel. Great job. I need a little more plan-less in my life. :)

Diane Bailey said...

Great plan to go plan-less! Welcome back!

Dawn Aldrich said...

So, so timely! Thanks Kelli.

Amy Sullivan said...

Love the idea of going plan-less, which by the way, when I first typed said, "pantless"!

Janice C Johnson said...

This post really encourages me, Kelli. You learned something important even on vacation! I guess, however hard we try, we are never completely "unoccupied."
Thank you for sharing!
Jan (from SDG)

AmyAlves said...

What wonderful words of encouragement for me as I get ready to say "goodnight" to my day! I'm welcoming God in to my rest and dreams, and inviting Him to continue to teach me how to follow His Spirit's lead... "planless" sounds pretty good right now! ~ Thanks sister, Amy

Anne said...

I am such a "planner" and this advice is so terrifying yet really encouraging. Maybe I should try it some time.

Thanks also for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog. Hope we can follow each other.

Shelly said...

I love this, Kelli. Plan-less. A great idea. And one I've been following this summer without even knowing what I was doing :)

So glad you enjoyed your vacation. Continued prayers for your parents.