He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Author Unknown
A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there. H Stanley Judd
There are four steps to accomplishment: Plan Purposefully, Prepare Prayerfully, Proceed Positively, Pursue Persistently. William A Ward
A map aids us in getting where we want to go. Adding a compass is better, it adds a degree of certainty by knowing in which direction to go. Adding detailed steps and decision points to the map and compass, we have all the makings for a full-fledged well-planned trip. Putting this quality time and effort into planning for a journey helps insure the likelihood of a successful journey.
We do not usually build buildings, roads, or bridges without very detailed and comprehensive plans. The more complex the task, the more elaborate the planning needed in preparing. Millions of dollars and thousands of man hours are at stake if a plan falls apart or goes wrong. Lawyers and lawsuits are always waiting in the background for plans that do go wrong. The point is that anything worth doing is worth planning for in such a way that the likelihood of success is greater and the likelihood of failure is minimized.
If we are going to take a road trip from Washington, D.C. to Portland, Oregon, most of us would not foolishly undertake the trip without a map and some planning before we started. It would be a long trip. It would require servicing the car, preparing a route, planning stops along the way, and other necessary details to help insure a successful trip. It would require a significant amount of time and effort to properly prepare.
Each of us begins a major journey at birth that does not end until death. Initially, our parents planned for our needs. At adulthood, we became responsible for managing the remainder of our journey. Do we spend more time in planning vacations that in planning our lives? Are we wanderers and hitchhikers, not really knowing our destination, just haplessly going wherever the wind or circumstances take us?
Those having a plan and working their plan, get more out of life than those who do not. It is not rocket-science. Plans give our lives meaning, purpose, and focus. We function better when knowing what needs to be done and having a process for getting it done. Planning family needs, career goals, future desires, and life in general increases the probability our goals and dreams will be realized. We greatly benefit by putting time and effort into planning our lives and working our plan. We will more likely get where we want to go.
Challenge: Without a plan you really do not know what you want or where you wish to go. You are at the mercy of circumstances. Having a plan makes you the captain and navigator. It is your choice whether or not you are a passenger or captain of your own ship. Hoist the sails, use the winds and navigate your life to your chosen destination. Have a plan and diligently pursue your plan. You will likely be pleased with the fruits of your labor.
Wisdom: Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. Denis Waitley
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. II Timothy 1:7
I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous. Proverbs 13:21
God’s planning is perfect. He tells us He knew us before we were in our mother’s wombs. We are told that He has a plan for our lives. God wants good and wonderful things for us. There is always the concept of free will. We are free to choose and can go the way of the world or can choose to allow God to point us in the right direction. Which direction of the compass should we follow? God’s way leads to our success. It is a no-brainer?
Prayer: Help me to follow my compass, your Holy Spirit. Please lead me in the right direction.