“Plan your work, then work your plan.”
If I have been told that once, I have been told that a thousand times. And for a thousand times I tended to kick against that plan. After all, plans were made to be broken. Right?
The basketball coach wants to run a play/plan, but would often applaud spontaneous action.
Financial plan? All well and good until life got in the way and spending for now became the modus operandi. Worry about consequences later.
After all, “the best laid plans of mice and men are all for naught.” My translation of that is “The best laid plans of mice and men go down the tubes.”
We saw a good example of the first quote “Plan your work and work your plan” this past week. After the horrendous moment at Monday’s Boston Marathon, a plan was put in place to find out and capture the cowards. An almost methodical approach was taken that included viewing footage, pictures, and then implementing the plan to capture them. I have to admit the old man in me has one regret: the older brother died way too quickly.
But I must admit I was impressed by the working of the plan by all involved. It would have been easy to have been rattled beyond rational thinking and action. It would have been easy to go off half-cocked with eyes afire and guns a-blazin’. There was a unity that was necessary for all departments to work together. Unlike the scene in The Fugitive where the Chicago police are working their own agenda that was against the agenda of the US Marshals. Not in this scenario. They worked together. In tandem. The plan ended in the death and the arrest of the cowards, oops I mean, perpetrators.
Reminds me of another Plan that was hatched in ages past. From the dawn of creation. The Plan for redemption, the rescue of man from his sin. “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb.12:2) And let’s not forget the verse in Phil.2:8: “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.”
The Plan for man’s salvation was hatched from the beginning. But I, for one, also believe Jesus had the free will given to all and could have chosen not to die. I once heard it put: “The Plan was predestined, not the man.” I believe that. But I am sooooo thankful for Jesus’ willingness to be obedient and to carry out the plan for salvation-to die on a cross.
This is one plan for which I am glad the person involved did not go His own way. Any thoughts? Disagreement allowed. Just be kind.