Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- April 24, 2012
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest”. Proverbs 6:6-8
Wisdom works hard now, but is wise about planning for the future. Planners have an innate discipline that prevents immediate urgent matters from distracting them as they stay focused on important issues. Their discipline determines what choices they make during the day; always keenly aware that their actions affect their future. The best planners take the time to process through assumptions and the implications of best and worst case scenarios.
Self motivated and disciplined planners do not require rigid management and control. They thrive in autonomy, but still submit to the accountability of authority. Wise planners save time and money because there is a decision making filter in place that results in more no’s than yes’s to good opportunities. The Holy Spirit works through a prayerfully crafted plan to guide you into God’s best, so stay aligned with the plan.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
Ants are small in stature but, with the unified effort of many, are large in results. A clearly defined, well-executed plan brings your team together producing outstanding outcomes. A plan creates creditability giving courage to those who carry it out. So be sensitive to your season of strategic service. If you are in the preparation phase, be patient and focused on the plan.
If you are in the execution phase, remain diligent and focused on the task at hand. As you harvest success make sure to save for the future. Abundance is not meant to be spent all at once, but to be saved for the down times. Use your church, business, or home as a platform of provision for others in need. You plan ahead so that you can be an ambassador for Almighty God.
“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” I Timothy 6:18-19
Prayer: What opportunities do I need to put on hold so that I stay focused on implementing the current strategic plan with excellence?
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