#1 daughter is reading The Purpose Driven Life, so we were talking about the idea that God has plans for us. I wrote about this a couple of years ago, when I was unemployed and people were telling me this.

It was intended to be comforting, but I wondered, what if God’s plan for me was that I should fail miserably and die in a gutter, as a bad example to frivolous people everywhere? Or what if God’s plan for me was to be collateral damage in someone else’s much grander plan?

I also had trouble figuring out what to do about it. After all, if God had a plan for me I would need to discern it and cooperate with it. If God didn’t have a plan for me, then what should I do? Something completely different? How could I tell? I couldn’t seem to come up with anything. “If God has a plan for me,” I though, “I should work hard and do my best. If God doesn’t have a plan for me…” I never could finish that.The whole question sort of lost steam.

#1 daughter had more possible viewpoints.

If God has a plan for us, she suggests, then it doesn’t matter what we do. It’ll all work out the way God intends anyway.

I can’t see this. I mean, we have free will, so presumably we can screw up God’s plan or at least slow it down and interfere with it a whole lot. And it seems clear that, while we may or may not be able to determine just what God has planned for us, we can be confident that God doesn’t plan for us to hang out in our pjs drinking gin all day. It must matter what we do.

And then, if God doesn’t have a plan for us, then #1 daughter suggests that we should do whatever is more comfortable and least scary. It’s one thing, she says, to be bold and step out in faith if God has our back. If not, we probably had better sit pat. Unless you stand pat, which sounds too firm and definite. Maybe we should sit tight.

It’s probably a good thing that these options didn’t occur to me at the time. Now, I feel that it’s too late.

It is not too late to begin or continue the Holiday Grand Plan. It is week 3, the week to clean your entrance way and foyer. I think that means I have to clear out the coat closet. we should also do the following list of holiday preparations:

  • Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
  • Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
  • Buy two canned food items from Menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
  • Keep 2 boxes in a pantry area or storage place to put these in so that they are not used in everyday cooking – make sure to label them so that when food drives start your holiday supply stays intact and the food drive gets the food purchased for it.
  • Buy all supplies for homemade gifts. Package each project with directions and other information in zipper food storage bag and place in a basket or box in craft/sewing area.
  • Buy film, camera batteries, blank videotapes. Hide them; write yourself a note.

Note all the things we can cross off right away! Some of us don’t have entryways or foyers, so we don’t have to clean them. People who aren’t planning to make homemade gifts can skip that part. Hardly anyone buys film or videotapes, so we can all feel virtuous as we cross that off.

Enjoy that. Also enjoy Square Numbers, a mesmerizing math thing. And X-entertainment’s Hallowe’en Countdown. If you go there, you’ll notice that the author uses the term “Hallowe’enosity.” I think this shows that he (it is a guy, and seems in fact to be a grown man who has a job and yet does things like taste test Hallowe’en Pop-Tarts) has read Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas and other books by our beloved Louise Rennison, or that her style has spread even unto men who make Pop-Tart crafts.