Good Plans

Eight years ago, I started blogging and writing to encourage other people through my first blog called OneMoreStepRevolution, which I created to inspire people (and myself) to give, love, serve, and make magic for people.  

It felt like the right thing to do.  

But if I’m being honest, I really started writing because I found myself living alone in Las Vegas, starting a new job at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, single, and really scared.  I had to start doing something to focus on other people because focusing on myself was proving to be a never-ending demoralizing downward spiral.

 I was scared because at the time, living in Las Vegas wasn’t what I had in my mind.  After a few false starts and failed attempts at romantic relationships, I really wondered if I’d ever find someone to date, let alone marry.

I remember thinking to myself at the time, it just wasn’t my plan.  

Here it is, eight years later.  I now live in Las Vegas once again.  This time, with my wife Jenna, whom I met in that very season eight years ago when I worked at The Cosmopolitan, which turned out to be my favorite job of my career. It was as challenging as it was inspiring; and I grew in ways I never knew I needed to grow.

Suffice it to say, God had a plan all along.  It was never up to me in the first place.  

Here’s a quick story and blog post from that season eight years ago.

It was a cool April morning in Vegas on Good Friday, 2012:

A few days ago, someone saw the OneMoreStepRevolution logo as the background wallpaper on my phone.  She asked me what it was.   

I told her about this blog, and I pulled up the site on my phone to show her. She caught a quick glimpse of a Bible verse I have in the header – Proverbs 11:25.

As soon as she saw Proverbs 11:25 displayed across the top, she backed away and said, “I don’t know, T. Scott, looks like too much God to me.”

I thought:

God loves…

He loves all of us, despite our consistent imperfection.  That’s good.

God cares…

He cares so much that he’ll take on our worries for us.  That’s good.

God is faithful…

He is unchanging, enduring, and never leaves us.  That’s good.

God gives us hope…

He has plans for all of us…a future that is good.

I collected myself and tried to end the conversation on a good note.

I turned to her and said, “Proverbs 11:25 says ‘A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

She looked back at me, her face lit up with a big smile, and she said, “…Oh, ok. Now that IS good.”  

I felt better.  I felt good.

 No matter what your holiday…God is good.  

Happy Easter. Happy Passover

Looking up.

Back to present day…

This current season is crazy.  It’s sad. We’re all nervous.  Things aren’t going as we planned.  

But it’s not up to us.  It’s up to God.

We have a choice this Easter and Passover season.  

We can try to control every little thing.  Or, we can surrender every little thing to God.  

We can let fear consume us.  Or, we can let our faith carry us through every day of this season so we can roll into the next stronger, changed for sure, but changed for the better (and in many ways, for good).  

Our families and friends don’t want nor need explanations right now.  They need empathy.

So, give love and have empathy right now instead of trying to explain the why’s, how to’s, and what’s for which only God knows and holds the answers.

Control what you can control.  Let go and let God do the rest.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all, and to all, remember there’s a plan.  

And that plan is a good one.  God said so.  He keeps His promises.