16
Mar
10

have a plan

Years ago I was reading a book on time management and the author made a statement that has stayed with me long past my recollection of the book’s title or the author’s name. He said that most of us are slaves to “the tyranny of the urgent”. In other words, we live our lives, not based on a strategic plan moving us towards a set of specified goals, but, if we have a plan at all, it is simply crisis management – running from crisis to crisis trying to put out whatever “fire” is out of control. (Situations that are “out of control” usually fall into one of two categories: someone else’s opinion of what is out of control, or our lack of attention to the situation before it became a wildfire.)

To get to the point, I do not think that this approach to life is biblically sound or a proper demonstration of what it means to be a good manager of the resource of time that God has entrusted us with.

It is clear in Scripture that God is strategic and systematic in everything he does. In other words, God has a plan; that includes a plan for your life. In Jeremiah 29:11 He declares, “I know the plans I have for you”, and in Ephesians 2:10 the Scripture tells us, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

You might be naively thinking, “If God has a plan for my life, why do I need one?”The issue for a Christ follower is not to develop their own plan but rather to be diligent in discovering the plan of God for their life and preparing their self for the fulfillment of that plan. Paul instructs Titus, in Titus 3:14, “For our people should not have unproductive lives.” The writer of Hebrews puts the responsibility on us to be creative, as well as strategic, when he writes, “Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds” (10:24).

If God is creative, and thereby strategic, shouldn’t we as “image bearers” (Genesis 1:27) demonstrate the same behavior?

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