Planning and Purpose
Day 1: Planning for an Unpredictable Future
“Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.”
A famous writer once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans.” We know what that author was getting at–we can try formulating a “fool-proof” plan for achieving our dreams, but even our best intentions are rarely so easy to navigate. That being said, God still wants us to be planners. After all, success and growth don’t simply appear without preparation. We study for exams in order to pass them, we read to our children in order to strengthen their imaginations, and–most importantly–we practice walking as Jesus walked in order to become more like Him. Though we cannot control the future, we can still plan now to strengthen ourselves for what’s to come.
Go ahead and make yourself five manageable goals for the day; write them down and place your list somewhere you won’t forget it. What would you like to accomplish before bed? How do you want to connect with God today? Try to accomplish as many goals as you can, but don’t feel overwhelmed if you can’t finish your list. Remember: your day is not always going to go according to plan, but planning to make the most of your day is never time wasted.