1. I don't subscribe to the belief that God had my life planned out before the creation of the world. 2. Nor do I believe that God ever planned my life out. 3. By the same token, I believe that what we refer to as "God's will" and "God's plan" is not individualistic but rather, collective, thus meaning, God's will and God's plan is the same for all of us: To both know Him and make Him known. 4. Because I do not believe that God planned or plans everything ahead of time and I don't believe there is an individual plan for "ME" alone, I am quickly turned off by comments like: "God has a life planned for you, you just need to trust Him and it'll happen." 5. Just as well, I am annoyed by people who act as if they are more holy and loved by God because they supposedly have their life, especially the spiritual aspect, all together. They think" God has shown me what I am to do but He has not shown this or that person, so, I must be more significant." The truth is, nobody ever has it all together, they only think they do. 6. I get frustrated with people who mistake their desires for God's call but aren't willing to admit it. 7. I believe it is more often the case that our talents and passions can compliment and fulfill God's desires rather than God giving us specific talents so that He can accomplish a certain end. That's too deterministic for me. 8. I believe that Christianity has to have some kind dynamic aspect to it and that it cannot be static, planned out, cookie-cut, etc. We must constantly be giving the Spirit more and more to work with and that means change, picking up new interests, cultivating new talents, finding new interests, etc.
Finally, I offer a hearty "AMEN" to the following statement of Susan B. Anthony as it pertains, quite a bit, to the above thoughts I just offered: "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do,’ she once said, ‘because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.’ Having been somewhat of an expert on the sanctification of my own desires, I try not to pin them on God anymore. At the same time, I recognize the enormous energy in them, which strikes me as something that God might be able to use.”