Peace upon you on this wonderful day!
Today, I want to share with you the word about the importance of planning.
Plan has a direct connection to our future. Planning is looking into our future and making assumptions of what our tomorrow will be like, and composing definite action steps in order for our life to flow according to the set course, instead of drifting.
Nobody plans yesterday, and it is too late already to plan today. We plan the next day, the next week, the next month. We plan the future.
Whoever does not want to think about the future, will be forced to live only in the past or only in the now.
Through planning, we decide what our action steps will be like and what our desired result will be, according to our action.
Planning is thinking about your future with a purpose, using all the currently available information and possibilities and using those wisely for your future.
Planning is one of the expressions of wisdom, therefore those who do not plan are openly demonstrating their foolishness and ignorance.
Planning helps us to discover for ourselves the goal of our lives and steer our efforts towards fulfilling this goal.
The Bible says,
„Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.” (Proverbs 29: 18).
Another translation of „revelation” means revelation of the redemptive purposes of God, but the phrase „cast off restraint” is translated as „destruction”. Thus, without a clear understanding of the redemptive purposes of God, the nation of God is destroyed because they cast off restraint.
A nation is destroyed when they do not have a clear understanding where they are going and how they will get there.
Many people are destroyed because they do not have a vision or understanding about the goal of life. Where there is no revelation about godly destiny, there will be no direction, no planning, and no strategies.
Without vision or the understanding of purpose, all of our efforts will only lead to disappointment.
Without the revelation about purpose, all of our efforts will be directed at nothing. Planning helps us to discover our purpose in life and steer our efforts towards the fulfilment of this purpose. It helps us to clearly understand our purpose and the direction toward which we are heading. A person cannot start planning unless he first understands where he is going or what he really wants. Planning forces us to address and settle such issues.
Planning demands that a person have a definite and clear goal.
Sometimes our understanding of our purpose or goal in life is too blurry, non-specific and general. Therefore it is sometimes hard to move forward to reach the goal. But planning helps us to be definite in relation to what we really want in life and how we are going to reach it.
Have you defined what you want in your life? Toward what are you directing your efforts at present? Does that correspond to the goals or mission of your life?
Before you cram up your planner with various programmes and activities, ask yourself: What do I want to achieve in my life and how will these activities help me to reach my goal?
Remember: He who does not plan is openly showing his foolishness and ignorance.
We will continue this topic tomorrow.
May the Lord bless you!
Pastor Rufus Ajiboye