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Why It’s SO Important to NOT Have It All Figured Out

Our church made a decisive shift from a traditional church to a house of prayer. The change did not happen overnight but it did put us in waters that we were (and still are) unfamiliar with.

Discovering what this will look like in the end is a bit challenging. Yet a valuable lesson is being birthed through the process.

Some things the Lord asks us to do are only revealed as we walk it out. It’s not clear yet just how things will be done or what it will all look like in the end. That’s OK. Be confident in the fact that it’s God leading you whether you have all of the plans or just know the first step.

You Don’t Have to Have it all Figured Out

I recently taught a workshop on “Shifting a Church Culture into a House of Prayer Reality” at our Convergence Conference. I simply shared with the leaders our current journey and how we are humbly figuring things out as we go.

Great questions were coming from these leaders on just how we can help them make the same transition in their own environments. I knew I was stumped.

I spent the next hour trying to hammer out some amazing transferable principles but only came up with one. That’s right, one. How’s that for equipping leaders with an amazing strategy?

I failed to give them information they were looking for because I did not have it yet to give (but they all loved the workshop).

Thank God for Abraham

What if someone asked Abram about his strategy to build a nation from, well, nothing. What specific plan did the All Knowing, All Powerful God tell him?

Ready, here it is.

Genesis 12:1 “…go to the land I will show you”.

That’s it!

How’s that for a breathtaking, earth-shattering strategic plan?

What did Abraham do?

Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

He goes not knowing where he’s really going! All he has is a direction.

Abraham builds from a place of faith and obedience. His identity and purpose become clear in the course of the journey not on the front-end of it.

As he is being with God he is becoming what God intends. God is more focused on building Abraham then building a nation. The journey makes this possible!

The tension of not knowing things keeps us in relationship and makes us dependent

This is why it’s so important to NOT have it all figure out.

Be What You’re Becoming

Sometimes vision is simply the call to something and then setting out in obedience to do it.

How are you going to build it? What is it going to look like?

What’s your 2 year strategy? 5 years? 10 years?

I don’t know!

Sometimes you just won’t have one. You’re not being lazy but learning dependence. This creates the tension that keeps you extra close with the Lord. A good thing! As I do this I be what I am becoming. Just like Abraham.

9 Practical Things To Do

Here is what I am learning. This can apply across the board. Whether it is your church, ministry, business or a project you’re launching. It all counts. Hope this helps.

  1. Start moving. You might not have the full plan but get going.
  2. Understand that it’s ok to have only a few things figured out. There is nothing wrong with you (especially if you are a leader). It’s how God is choosing to work this time around.
  3. Don’t feel the pressure to have all the answers. Like me, sometimes you will just have one (at least for now).
  4. Intentionally, spend more time with the Lord and never stop asking for direction regarding the next move.
  5. Submit yourself to godly counsel. There is wisdom from mature leaders who are looking from the outside in.
  6. Trust that the decisions you make are in-line with His heart.
  7. You’re going to make mistakes. Gasp. Now exhale. Lower the expectation to be perfect. 😉
  8. Learn to live in the tension. It keeps you dependent.
  9. Keep a journal. Document what you are learning.

Last Thought

Enjoy the journey. Keep in mind that Abram landed in the Hall of Faith by simply hearing, obeying and being what he was becoming. You will do the same.

Your Thoughts

 Have you ever faced this before? What has been your experience? What do you agree/disagree with? Questions? You can leave a comment below. 

Greg Simas

• Pastor | Writer | Leader | Coach • Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer in SF Bay Area. "Building people whose lives change so they can change lives."

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19 thoughts on “Why It’s SO Important to NOT Have It All Figured Out”

  1. Greg…very good word and at
    the same time hard to let go of the control of knowing what and how God
    plans to work all things, even when we know He works all things out for
    good. Trusting Him for all things is what we are called to do! I too
    want to be known as a friend of God’s!

  2. Pastor Greg that was a good word. You know what I’m dealing with. Boy, this is precisely where I am. Thank you.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this. My friend sent me this link, and it fits right in with what I’m going through right now. I am about to move to Utah to be a part of a friend’s church and basically disciple former LDS. I don’t know when I’m going or what exactly I’ll be doing when I get there; I just know I need to go…and I barely know even that! But I already withdrew from the university I attended in Arizona for the last two years, and I’m just trusting that God has everything under control. I am already facing a little opposition with this decision, but I know the opposition will be even greater in Utah. God is preparing me for something great for his kingdom, I know it. Anyway, thank you for the encouragement, and especially for reminding me that it’s okay to make mistakes! This has been my greatest fear in decision making, that I’ll make a mistake (classic first-child syndrome, I suppose), but I really don’t need to worry about that. Thanks again.

    1. Alyssa, I am confident that you will shine in Utah. What an amazing opportunity to disciple newly saved LDS people. Wow.

      When me and my family came down from Oregon to California to plant our church, I asked the Lord for prophetic confirmation. These confirmations were stakes in the ground that I know I would need to go back to some point to assure me that I was on the right track (I went to these often). Also, I invited a few spiritually mature people that provided godly counsel through the process. I trust you have done the same.

      I am excited for you! Tear it up in Utah 😉 And thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Ah! So perfect, and so timely. Pastor Greg, during this season of Thanksgiving, I am grateful to have found this blog and to have read this post. 3 weeks ago I had an epiphany about what my life’s work will be. Honestly, it was more than an epiphany – it was the answer to my prayers for guidance. I just “retired” from teaching (after three years…) and I’ve spent the past 6 months searching for my passion and searching for my calling. Then He told me – I’m going to change math education in our country by radically improving the quality of the curriculum used in classrooms. My initial reaction is similar to that of my friends and family,”Wait… I’m going to do WHAT?!” But despite the enormity of this task, I can just hear God saying, “Go ahead Taylor, I got your back! I will show you the way, I’ll make it all work out, so get going!” I certainly don’t know HOW I am going to realize this vision, but like you said with Abraham, I can feel God working on ME – building ME – equipping ME. I will continue to enjoy this journey of personal and spiritual development, and I know that the rest will fall into place.

    “The tension of not knowing things keeps us in relationship and makes us dependent” – Ahhhhh so true! I don’t know what my next moves should be, and because of this He has drawn me closer to Him. (And He draws me closer STILL by leading me to m1p…)

    This post was truly affirming, I agree with all of it, and your tips 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, were just the advise I needed to hear. And speaking of #5, I’ll be in touch for some of that godly counsel that a wise mature man like yourself can offer 🙂

    To conclude, “Leaving a great legacy is not skill set, it’s a mindset. The mindset of choosing to be great. When you choose to be great, you think less about why not, and you think more about the plan for how. When you truly believe you will be great, you think less about the things you don’t have and think more about what you must create. When you truly believe you should not fail, you think less about your weaknesses, and you think more about what skills you need to learn and develop. And when you choose to be great, you concern yourself less with your successes, and you think more about what you can do to help others succeed. ” – Jeremy Beard

    But the thing is, I didn’t “choose to be great” – God made me great. I just need to trust, obey, and become who I was born to be. Thank you again for this powerful, encouraging, and inspiring message.

    1. Wow Taylor, I love what you posted. I appreciate the depth of your quest in getting God’s plan for your life. I really believe that God is speaking to many Christians, assigning them these types of “huge challenges”. He is supernaturally equipping people to fulfill these assignments for His glory, which now includes you. 😉  

      I believe if you follow the steps above you will be successful in fulfilling His call on your life. I am excited to see just how things will play out. 

      So glad that the Lord used this post to minister to you. Thanks so much for sharing! 

      btw. Great quote there from Jeremy. I believe it. 😉  

  5. Ah! So perfect, and so timely. Pastor Greg, during this season of Thanksgiving, I am grateful to have found this blog and to have read this post. 3 weeks ago I had an epiphany about what my life’s work will be. Honestly, it was more than an epiphany – it was the answer to my prayers for guidance. I just “retired” from teaching (after three years…) and I’ve spent the past 6 months searching for my passion and searching for my calling. Then He told me – I’m going to change math education in our country by radically improving the quality of the curriculum used in classrooms. My initial reaction is similar to that of my friends and family,”Wait… I’m going to do WHAT?!” But despite the enormity of this task, I can just hear God saying, “Go ahead Taylor, I got your back! I will show you the way, I’ll make it all work out, so get going!” I certainly don’t know HOW I am going to realize this vision, but like you said with Abraham, I can feel God working on ME – building ME – equipping ME. I will continue to enjoy this journey of personal and spiritual development, and I know that the rest will fall into place.

    “The tension of not knowing things keeps us in relationship and makes us dependent” – Ahhhhh so true! I don’t know what my next moves should be, and because of this He has drawn me closer to Him. (And He draws me closer STILL by leading me to m1p…)

    This post was truly affirming, I agree with all of it, and your tips 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, were just the advise I needed to hear. And speaking of #5, I’ll be in touch for some of that godly counsel that a wise mature man like yourself can offer 🙂

    To conclude, “Leaving a great legacy is not skill set, it’s a mindset. The mindset of choosing to be great. When you choose to be great, you think less about why not, and you think more about the plan for how. When you truly believe you will be great, you think less about the things you don’t have and think more about what you must create. When you truly believe you should not fail, you think less about your weaknesses, and you think more about what skills you need to learn and develop. And when you choose to be great, you concern yourself less with your successes, and you think more about what you can do to help others succeed. ” – Jeremy Beard

    But the thing is, I didn’t “choose to be great” – God made me great. I just need to trust, obey, and become who I was born to be. Thank you again for this powerful, encouraging, and inspiring message.

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