To plan ahead is something we are taught early in life. It is a conditioned-response learning process that keeps us safe and takes us where we want or need to be. One of the first “plan in advance” decisions we make as a baby is to cry so that we can be fed. It’s the “do this so that I can have that” concept of living.
Coaches plan well in advance for their sport season. Before the season ends, most coaches have already scheduled a game or two for the next season. These are not randomly chosen…as in whoever wants to play us we’ll…but rather carefully chosen to benefit the team’s development. League game schedules are also planned in advance by a league committee. These ensure that all schools are scheduled for games that lead to a champion and ultimately a spot at the state tournaments. With the games in place, the coach plans each practice in order to REACH the goal of a win.
SUCCESS IN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PLANNING MEETS OPPORTUNITY!
A choice not to plan in advance paves the way for possible loss rather than rolling out the red carpet for the sought-after win.
“Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.” Chuck Noll, ex-Pittsburgh Steelers Coach
Planning is a part of God’s "in advance" character. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, gives an account of the orderly planning of this earth and its inhabitants. The Ten Commandments map out the plan to live by in line with God’s purpose. The sending of His Son to walk the earth as a man was God’s plan to bring us back into relationship with Him. He wants us TO REACH the goals He has PLANNED IN ADVANCE for you and me.
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. Ephesians 2:10
His plan for each of us is built into the very fabric of our being. The question is, are we taking advantage of the opportunity that God’s plan presents? Just as a coach plans and expedites team practices to reach the goal of winning a given game, God has an advanced plan for us. He has set our life schedule in place but it’s up to us to live our lives following it. As Paul the Apostle wrote…
“I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be…I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ…” Philippians 3:12 &14 NCV
Blessings…as you PLAN IN ADVANCE to REACH the goals God has designed for you.
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