Worry Versus Planning…Understanding The Difference Is Important

Worry and Planning…Two Different Things

Worry and fear regarding the future and planning for the future are two different things. Not understanding the difference brings major problems in life. To avoid worry, many make the mistake of failing to plan. Alan Lakein, an author who wrote on the subject of time management once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Planning is nothing more than creating definable goals to bring into reality a desired result.

The Biblical View of Worry

Worry is always associated with fear, doubt, and uncertainty. In the Bible, Jesus taught his disciples to avoid worry. In The Gospel of Matthew chapter 6 Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”  (Matthew 6:25-30)

Nobody should engage in worry.  God does not want you to live in fear. God wants you to place your trust in him, knowing He will take care of you now and in the future. Worry will keep you from becoming the person God wants you to be.

Living Life With a Plan

The fact you shouldn’t worry about the future doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for the future. Planning is using wisdom and acting in a methodical manner.  Planning is creating goals. Success in life demands that you set goals. Someone once said, “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” You will never succeed without a plan and a goal.

Just as Jesus cautioned against worry, he also cautioned against living life without a plan.  In Luke chapter 14 Jesus said, Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,  saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’  “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?” (Luke 14:28-31)

The Case for Planning

The teaching of Jesus from this passage in Luke makes the case for planning. Nothing great is ever accomplished by “flying by the seat of your pants.” No home builder would ever build a home without first creating a blueprint. No military general has ever won a battle without first developing a plan of attack.  Planning is crucial to success. Why would we approach life any differently?

I believe we should trust God to provide our daily needs and live one day at a time. We should also live life with definable goals and a plan for the future. It’s been said we should live as if Jesus is returning tomorrow and plan as if he isn’t returning for a hundred years. How can you leave a great legacy to those you love if you fail to plan? Never fall into worry but never fail to plan. Your legacy depends on faith and planning.

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