My wife and I got into a conversation about some choices we had made in the past and how the lack of having an informed plan really affected the overall outcome of the choice we made.
We had embarked on some projects that we were passionate about, stepped out in faith but failed at the initial stages of the projects to come up with an informed plan or strategy for accomplishing our projects. Boy!!! were we in for a huge surprise.
Not quite long after we started, we began to realize how unprepared we were. We had a plan alright, but it was not what I call an “Informed Plan.” An “Informed Plan” is a plan that is in line with God’s will for your life but also one that involves some practical research/knowledge on the goals or projects you are embarking on.
God is a planner and an informed one at that, He planned the world before creating it, has planned the new heaven and earth before even manifesting it. That is why the systems God creates never fails. Jesus said, ” In my Father’s house, there are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
He also said in Luke 14:28-33, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.”
Everyday, we encounter choices, options and opportunities that can influence the outcomes of our goals. Our lives are a constant web of interactions that prompt us to respond hastily especially when our are under pressure. The wish for accomplishments is God-given but most times, our drive to get things done quickly can cause problems to us if we don’t settle down and come up with a God-given plan of action.
Planning is essential for effective and efficient advancement of goals. When we take our time to prayerfully plan, we give ourselves some room to expect or foresee issues that might arise.
Although, not all “fire” are foreseeable, however, having an informed plan can help you reduce your risks. Your life will be more organized and you will know what to do, when to do and how. So do some research on the project, the relationship, the goal before you jump in and make sure to include God in the mix. God bless.
So how has planning helped you? Please do tell.