Principles of Planning-2

Luke 14:28 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it?” (MSG)
Acts 2:23 “God had already planned and decided that Jesus would be handed over to you…” (CEV)
In Luke 14:28, we saw how planning comes in handy during the construction of a building. No structure is ever built without a blueprint. Even a thatched roof or mud house has a plan. In the same vein, if you want to go on a journey you must plan. Planning helps you determine what is relevant, important and needed on your journey in order to arrive well at your destination in record time.
You’ll recall in our last piece on Stock Taking, we compared going through a year to going on a journey or doing a marathon race not a sprint. So, in preparing for 2015, you must meticulously plan ahead so that you can achieve all your goals and arrive well come December 2015.
Planning involves first sitting down to count the cost of the journey. What is needed, what should be taken along and in what quantity. Who you should travel with, where and when to take a rest and of course the road map.
A good plan should include the following:
1. The Goal:  Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray…”
Every plan must start with a desire, that is a goal or purpose. What exactly do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be come December 2015? If there is no destination, why embark on the journey? Without a clearly defined purpose you won’t even know when you have arrived or where you are going.
Mark said before you even pray, have a desire! What are you going to pray about? Solomon said, “The simple believes everything, but the prudent looks where he is going.” (Prov. 14:15). A wise man looks or plan for where he is going.
So, the starting point for the journey is a sense of purpose…to be continued
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