I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 BSB
We live in a society where preparing for the future includes an organizational process known as strategic planning:
To set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment.
Individuals who are self-starters, highly motivated, and who think “outside of the box” are at the top of the list for desirable employees. They are the people who can make things happen and who build successful businesses. Our focus on planning and strategically placing ourselves to rise above and eliminate the competition has been engrained in our minds since childhood.
Were you the first or the last child to be chosen for the sports teams in elementary school? The team captains demonstrated their strategy to win, as they called the names of those who possessed the highest level of skills first on their lists. As a result, it is a natural inclination to gravitate toward the concept of choosing only the best in order to achieve success.
Consider the sports industry:
Over the past year, Americans spent a whopping $100 billion on sports — and over half of it on sporting events. Marketwatch.com
We love to win and demonstrate our desire to achieve and maintain victory by spending astronomical amounts of money to purchase the best players for our teams.
Be thankful that God’s strategic planning included the Plan of Salvation which includes all of us regardless of our skills in life. We were bought with a price that no amount of money can buy–the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ–His life and His death was for our Redemption.
Unlike an organization’s constant task to evaluate and re-evaluate their strategic plan to make ongoing modifications according to the changing environment; God says,
“Heaven and earth may disappear. But I promise you not even a period or a comma will ever disappear from the Law. Everything written in it must happen.” Matthew 5:18 CEV
The Bible contains God’s Strategic Plan for our lives…we have been chosen and our success relies on our obedience and adherence to the only Plan that never needs an update to accommodate the changing environment.
Challenge for today: Learn God’s Strategic Plan through daily study of the Bible. Our future is described in the Book of Revelation, chapters 21 and 22.
Verse for today: So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for your Plan of Salvation and your great sacrifice that I may be successful in my Christian walk with you. I know that the gift of your life is priceless; and you gave it, so that I may be the recipient of Eternal Life, if I choose to serve you. Thank you for accepting me, just as I am. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz