Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Developing a Plan

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.  (Proverbs 16:9)

   A future date to remember.  A savings goal,  A vacation trip.  A reservation request.  A sightseeing guide.  A brochure.  An anniversary celebration.  A walk on the beach.

    What similarities exist between all these fragment statements?  Answer: They represent a need for a plan.  Everyone needs to develop plans.

   We need a household plan.  I don't know where I'd be without a monthly budget.  I save a lot of time and money by following a designated plan.

   Businesses need to develop short and long range plans.  Calculations for future growth must be followed by plans for meeting the goal.  Inventory increases and additional machinery must be carefully calculated.  The need for a greater labor force and cash flow must be foreseen.  Most business will not survive without careful planning.

   Planning is vital in the work of the ministry.  Churches develop annual budgets based upon past performances and projected future growth.  The need for additional parking or people space must be taken into consideration.

   God is a super planner.  In eternity past, he devised a plan to rescue fallen humanity.  He sent his son to earth as a babe in a manger to execute his plan.  Man's redemption was purchased by sacrificing his perfect son on the cross of Calvary.  My advice is -- be a planner, but let God determine your steps.

Thought for the Day: God's plan of redemption can be followed from Genesis to Revelation.

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