Set Your Compass and Go (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 219)
Proverbs 13:16 (NLT)
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.
If you want to reach your goals in life, you need to devise a plan to get there. You need a plan to move from the place you are in now to the place you want to go. A plan for your life’s goals is like a map needed to travel from one part of the country to another. Without a plan, all your desired dreams will never turn into reality.
Planning is compatible with God’s character. The Bible is filled with evidence of leaders who planned and succeed and those who didn’t plan and failed. One of the clearest pictures of planning is God’s creation of the world. Each day for six days, he created some part of the world or something in the world until he completed it. His plan led to a finished product.
Other evidences of planning include Nehemiah employing people to rebuild Jerusalem, Solomon building the temple, Moses leading the people out of Israel and sending the ten spies into Canaan to scout out the new land, Eleazar obtaining a wife for Isaac, Jesus developing his team of ministry assistants, and Paul taking the gospel to the then known world. Planning is a strategic part of life.
Good planning requires that you develop steps to get from this end here to that end over there. It’s not enough to just say you want to go somewhere, you must have a plan in place to actually get there. Put a time and date by every milestone you create. Putting a timeframe by ever step says that you believe you should and will accomplish these goals. Keep your goals in front of you. What you plan to do, you will eventually do.
Research finds that less than ten percent of people have established goals for themselves. Similarly, it is some of these same people who are the most productive and successful. If you want to do something or get somewhere you must set your compass and then go in that direction. Unsuccessful people let life happen to them because they have no goals to happen to life. Don’t let life run from you like this. Create a plan to reach your goals.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
— Yogi Berra