A positive path for spiritual living

3-28-21 Talk Notes: The Best Laid Plans (Rev. Mark Schindler)


  • The Last Week: A Day by Day Account of Jesus’ Last Week in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
  •  The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday


Palm Sunday; The Engagement Begins: Mark 11:2-6:

2“Go into that village over there,” he told them, “and as soon as you enter it, you will see a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘the Lord needs it and will return it soon. 4The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside a house. 5As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it.


Palm Sunday; The Prophetic Voice: Zechariah 9:9-10:

9Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—even on a donkey’s colt. 10I will remove the battle chariots from Israel and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and I will destroy all the weapons used in battle. Your king will bring peace to the nations.


Palm Sunday; Its Meaning Today: The Week pgs 2 and 30:

Two processions entered Jerusalem on a spring day in the year 30… Jesus’ procession proclaimed the Kingdom of God, Pilate’s procession proclaimed the power of empire.

Dealing With Failure:


  • “Persist and resist.” Persist in your efforts. Resist giving in to distraction, discouragement, or disorder. Epictetus


Be Prepared For None Of It To Work:

  • “In the meantime, cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases.” Seneca
  • We do our best and there times when that just isn’t good enough.
  • Expect the unexpected means that we need to be realistic.
  • Things can happen that we are unable to predict or prepare for.
  • It didn’t work… this time. We can always try again or move on to what is next.
  • Cultivate resilience and flexibility.