The Impatiens Principle
My apologies to those of you reading this who live in the frozen north. I'm going to be straight up with you. It's beautiful in Boca Raton, Florida. Most of us here are hard-pressed to walk into the office. We would just as soon work outdoors. This is Chamber of Commerce weather on steroids. As you can see, the Impatiens around our church property are in their glory -- but it won't last. Just a short time from now these flowering annuals will begin to lose their vitality, wither, and get ... well ... UGLY! Even now it is time to start planning for what's next.
Our Impatiens remind me that unless I am planing for the future it's going to get ugly down the road. I must think ahead.
God teaches me this in Proverbs.
Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war. (Proverbs 20:8 ESV)
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5 ESV).
For most who read this, today is the end of your work week. Don't let it be the end of your work. Tomorrow's beauty rests on today's planning. Whether it is improving your garden, your education, your leadership, your business, your sport, your marriage, or your parenting. Planning is a part of your walk with God.
Plan ahead. That's The Impatiens Principle. Where do you need to practice this principle today? Mark Driscoll, provides a helpful teaching on planning. Click here for the video.