“The Six P’s…”

Posted: September 5, 2011 in "Around the Table" Discussion Topic/Marketplace Devo

September 5, 2011

Relevant:

“The 6 P’s…”

Proverbs 16:9

Whether you believe it or not, God is always at work in our lives. God’s word says, “In his heart a man plans
 his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Prov 16:9 (NIV). Think about how many steps we take every  day to get from here to there. Think about the plans, or routes, we make for our lives.  As many of us know all  too well, a plan’s first brush with reality usually ends in horrible failure. Failure according to our perspective,  that is. For a road trip, we check the weather, consider traffic patterns, etc… However, there is no way to plan  for the unexpected occurrences that will inevitably happen along the way. I have hundreds of examples of  things that have happened to me while “on the road”. I have no doubt you do as well. And since we cannot  foresee everything that will happen to us during our trip, we have to get as ready as possible. The key is not simply to plan. The key is to plan properly.

Being properly prepared allows us to experience fully and recognize God’s providence in all of the things that will happen while on the road. Rain, while difficult to drive in, fosters a rainbow when it’s done. And detours, while usually inconvenient and annoying, often reveal a much preferable route with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable experiences. Besides, how boring would it be if all our travels were filled with blue skies, warm winds, open roads, and no speed traps?

Challenge: There is a concept of The 6 P’s: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. For our trip, the destination, conditions, and duration will determine the appropriate gear needed…appropriate being the operative term. Having the right gear will keep us from being forced to create some crazy, but no doubt colorful, story about why we packed what we did or didn’t pack what we should’ve. Been there…done that…got the t-shirt. We must be as prepared as possible in order to be able to handle whatever comes our way, both good and bad.

Prayer: Lord, I know that I don’t know what tomorrow brings. However, I do know Your plan is perfect and that You are never surprised. You tell me in Your word that I look to You in all I do, You will make my paths straight. I trust in that because Your promises are always true. Thank you for Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.   

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