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How do you feel about deadlines?  I found myself in a place the other day that I would rather not be.

I was putting time limits on God.  I was telling Him that in my perfect world (remember If I Ran The Zoo?) things would be so perfect if only this and so happened by such a date and time.

Well guess what?  God gently reminded me that HE is in charge, not me.   The things that “I” was trying to orchestrate are totally out of my control so why was I trying?  Why was I putting undue stress and emotion into trying to create the perfect scenario?  All I know is that it took just  a few moments of clarity to reevaluate my “situation” and come full circle back to the realization that deadlines that I impose on God are ridiculous.

I have always operated better when I know what is expected and what is ahead. I do not think that I am alone in that.  It isn’t that I have a problem with change or adjustment—–I just want to know what is ahead so I can prepare.  Kind of like snakes.  I don’t mind them but I like it much better when I know that they are there and not surprised by one in the middle of a dark path in a rainforest.

So what about you?  How do you view deadlines?  Do you love them?  Do you operate well within the structure of knowing what is expected of you when?  Or do you rail at the thought of time constraints?  I know one thing is true for me—–God has a plan and my attempts to manipulate it may not be the smartest thing to do.

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  1. Isn’t it wonderful when we reminded that He’s in charge??? Being retired, I don’t have many deadlines, but I must admit that busy days can be a bit hectic, trying to get everything done!

  2. I am the opposite of a procrastinator… I have a love / hate relationship with deadlines…

  3. Virginia says:

    As a writer, I live a life of deadlines. And I can procrastinate with the best of them (and at least two of my children have received that gene from me). I know exactly how long I can procrastinate before I’ve got to get to serious work – and I always pray for the Lord to give me the time that I need.

  4. Wow, what a post! I can be a procrastinator … so deadlines help! I, too, just wish God would clue me in on His plans! Wouldn’t that make decision-making easier?

  5. To allow is sometimes hard to do but after enduring cancer, I know that there is little I can control. Seeing the big picture is hard to do when we concentrate on the deadlines of single events, I am still learning this lesson myself. 🙂

  6. I like deadlines for keeping on track at work. But in life, I like to know what’s coming around the bend and know it doesn’t work like that:)

  7. I am a PROcrastinator and I am not fond of change. I need a back-up plan for big changes, like moving which is on our radar screen. Deadlines freak me out. I like to be on top of all that can happen but how crazeee is that? I would love to just “let go”.

  8. Did you write this post for me? I think maybe. It certainly applies. Thanks for the reminder that God is in control and will work things out in His time, not mine.

    I’d just kind of like that big dark snake out of my path, though. He’s been lingering far too long…

  9. People make plans, God laughs! I know this is a quote from somewhere but I don’t have a clue from where. I do like to know what is expected of me so I can plan, but I used to be much more impulsive in my youth. Do you think this is an aging thing or have you always been this way?

  10. Guess it depends on the deadline. If I’ve promised to do something by a certain date or accepted a promise from someone else I feel very strongly the commitment should be kept or the deadline should be re-negotiated.
    If something is not within my control I like to set goal-lines and work towards them while being open to change. I think the universe appreciates the effort and it shows I’m serious about what I want. Flexibility, being open to surprises of all kinds can be a challenge for me but I, too, have watched God laugh at my plans many times.
    Balance. How I love that word.

  11. I do not like deadlines but without them I’d be in trouble. I usually wait until the last minute and get it done. Sometimes I like to think I’m in control but it doesnt take much when things go wrong (in my mind) to remember who is the director of my life….Jeremiah 29:11 … ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

  12. I’m usually ahead of deadlines. The perfectionist in me 🙂

  13. I don’t really like them…. I mean, who does really? But I am fairly certain that I am the type of personality that absolutely needs them though. And not the most patient person either; so that’s fun. not.

  14. I learned to appreciate the structure of deadlines as a journalist. Presses wait for NO ONE!! Sometimes it seems easier, really, for me to labor under a deadline — that way, I get off my lazy bottom and get the job done, rather than procrastinating! (Funny how the Good Lord lets us know He’s in charge, huh?!)

  15. I agree. What’s the other saying, “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.” I so agree that a big part of a happy life is learning to let go and surrender to the “isness.” While some deadlines can be a motivator, making them inflexible is usually a problem.

    • Kathy, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Inflexibility is the issue, isn’t it? I think you really hit the nail on the head with that statement! Thanks!

  16. pattisj says:

    Yes, I like to know what’s coming and try to prepare, but these past few months I’m trying to hear God in the moment and not concern myself with what “may” be. Instead of working from an all-inclusive to-do list, fun opportunities pop up at unexpected times. I’m becoming more spontaneous.

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