by: Cris Corzine-McCloskey
I have been doing training for the past week. I am learning how to write a better Treatment Plan. A treatment plan is a blueprint created by a healthcare provider outlining what a client’s problems and goals are, and what the provider is going to do to get the client to their goals. The key to a good treatment plan is to tailor fit it to the individual. For that reason, I am convinced God has treatment plans with each of our names on it!
When I see a client for the first time, our initial meeting is spent doing an assessment. This is a tool I use to ascertain what a person’s problem areas are, and what changes are needed to help them thrive. Don’t you think God works the same way?
Face it, none of us come to Jesus because we have it all together. I was spending time with friends the other night, and we began telling our salvation stories. Not one of us had a story of a cushy life, but we all share a radical love for Christ. We have all been on very different journeys, headed to the same destination. Individual treatment plans, but the same goal for all of us. God wants to make us each look more like His Son, so we can shine light into this dark world.
I used to look at other believers and wish I was more like them. I love Joyce Meyer’s fearlessness. I admire Beth Moore’s ability to make the Bible come alive. Bill Johnson is my radical faith hero, and my Pastor, Jason Forby, has a healing an incredible healing gift. I would watch these people and feel a little jealous. I would want God to talk to me the way He does them. But I am not them, and the way God works with them is not part of my treatment plan.
I have come to understand and embrace the way He leads me. He talks to me plenty. It is rarely an audible voice, but more a gentle knowing when I read His word. He is also growing me in ways that He may not be doing in my faith heroes. He sees what the finished model of Cris is supposed to look like, and He promises it will be good. He knows how much I can handle before I get discouraged, and He knows when to push me for more. In other words, my treatment plan is perfect, because it is tailor-fit for me.
How do I know this is true? Because He said so! In Jeremiah 29:11, He says, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” It also says in Philippians 1:6, “God, who began a good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished.”
In my business, the success of the treatment plan requires active collaboration between my client and me. If I am working harder than they are, it is time for me to have a conversation with them about client resistance. Sometimes, people have been stuck for so long they are afraid to be healthy. I think the same is true with God’s relationship with us. And just like I have had to abandon my treatment plans for clients and accept their unwillingness to work toward their goals, I believe God allows us to do the same thing.
I don’t think you are one of those people, though, or you wouldn’t have read this far. But maybe you don’t know how to start cooperating with His treatment plan. A great place to start is by asking God to show you His plans. Then open Psalms and start reading until you find a verse that speaks to you. That’s Him, showing you a goal on His treatment plan! Then wash, rinse, and repeat, and you are on the road to change!