The 3×5 Plan: Part 5: Confirmation

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Word of the Year

Each year God gives me a word for focus and direction. (I want to thank my friend John Rea for suggesting this idea to my church 15 years ago).


In November of 2012, I began praying and asking God what my word for 2013 would be. The word “trust” kept coming to my mind. This was confusing because I am trusting to a fault; surely that could not be my word.


I have found many times that God has to give me three confirmations, probably because of my lack of faith at times.


First Confirmation

In November, my wife gave me a pen and pencil set with the word “trust” engraved on it for my birthday.


Second Confirmation

On developing the 3 X 5 Plan, there are two connections to the numbers 3 & 5.

  1. You put your plan on a 3 x 5 index card.

  2. There are 5 key areas with three points under each—therefore you get 3 X 5.

Side note story: To make the plan 3D, I wanted to connect a Scripture reference. Sorry I was not spiritual enough to begin there. I needed a Scripture that was a Chapter 3, verse 5 (3:5). Surely in the entire Bible there would be the perfect verse. So what do all great theologians do? Google it, right? The first Scripture listed was Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” There is that word “trust” again.


Third Confirmation

The same week I was working on the 3 X 5 Plan, I was attending a Men’s Retreat and one of the speakers shared his testimony. He told the crowd that Proverbs 3:5 was a game changer for him and now was his life verse. This man had struggled with depression but as the Scripture became real to him, his depression had subsided.


Now, for the skeptics in the group; why was the word, “trust” on my radar? Why would my wife buy me a gift with the word “trust.” When I Googled a 3:5 verse, why would “trust” be the first word? And why of all the wonderful passages of Scripture the speaker at the Men’s Retreat could have chosen, did he share “trust” in the Lord? You may not be convinced, but I am. I am 100% convinced that the Lord gave me the 3 X 5 Plan to give away to others. I am exercising Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord…”


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