By Undre Griggs, Jr
Parents often tell their children to plan ahead and they try to encourage them. You often see adults asking children what they want to be when they grow up. In business, it is understood that goals and a vision need to be written down with a plan of action. As the old saying goes, if you don’t write it down, you don’t have a goal, only a dream. What about your soul? Do you continually keep God in the front your plans? Do you plan to give the glory to God once success is achieved? Is it wrong to plan for your success? Some consider planning and goal setting as a sign of a “lack of faith”, but that is not consistent with the Bible.
The Bible encourages you to plan and set goals:
Luke 14:28-31 (NKJV): For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
It is wise to have a goal in mind:
Proverbs 13:16 (NKJV): Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to others when planning:
Proverbs 15:22 (NKJV): Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Plan your goals carefully and deliberately, not in haste:
Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV): The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Goals must include submission to God:
James 4:15-16 (NKJV): Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.