No doubt you’ve glanced once or twice at an astrologer’s predictions in the newspaper. Even if you felt guilty or silly for doing it, you’d hardly fault yourself for wanting every possible advantage in planning your future. Planning for the future, after all, is a major industry. Hundreds of billions of dollars ride on the forecasts of economists, investment counselors, analysts of every sort, and even astrologers! Legions of advisors will sell you opinions on what will happen in the near term and long term; whether or not you take their advice, someone else will. And that person’s actions may in turn affect your prosperity, health and happiness.

For all their focus on the here and now, the proverbs keep a canny eye on the future. Many proverbs, offer wisdom on goal setting and making plans, why to make them, and what we can expect of the best plans we make.

Proverbs 2:11 Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.

Proverbs 4:21 My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them,
22 for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect.

Proverbs 21:5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

As you look ahead to 2015. What plans do you need to be praying about? Thinking about?

Life without purpose is barren indeed, 
There can’t be a harvest unless you plant a seed. 
There can’t be attainment unless there is a goal,  
And man’s but a robot unless there’s a soul.
If we send no ships out, no ships will come in, 
And unless there’s a contest, nobody can win. 
For games can’t be won unless they are played, 
And prayers can’t be answered unless they are prayed. 
So whatever is wrong with your life today, 
You’ll find a solution if you kneel down and pray. 
Not just for pleasure, enjoyment, and health,
Not just for honors and prestige and wealth. 
But pray for a purpose to make life worth living,
And pray for the joy of unselfish giving.
For great is your gladness and rich your reward,
When you make your life’s purpose based upon His word.
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PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.

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