When Planning is Futile

Productivity experts tell us to set goals and plan for the future.  Good advice – but there are times when life throws you a curve ball and all your plans and goals are suddenly irrelevant…

starbucksLast Friday, I traveled to Indianapolis for the day.  It is a short three hour drive that I have made many times over the past year.  Traditionally, I stop at Starbucks in Kokomo for a short coffee break.  This time, however, my plans were different because a tornado hit that Starbucks store just around a month ago.  This picture was taken just after the tornado hit; now, the only remnants of the store are the pole and sign in front of an empty lot.

As I drove by, I thought about all the people who were there when the tornado hit.  According to news reports, there were around 20 people inside the building.  The shift supervisor has been credited with saving their lives as he took precautions and moved everyone into the bathrooms prior to the tornado striking.  Those two bathrooms were the only areas still standing afterward.

I am sure that none of the workers or customers expected to be in a life threatening situation when they left home that morning.  I don’t know what any of them had planned for their day, but I am confident that the tornado was not part of their plans.

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.”  James 4:13-16 (NIV)

The reality is that, regardless of our plans or goals, we are not in charge of our future.  This is why living intentionally is so important; we never know when our last day on earth may be.  I am not trying to be morbid, but we need to think about that more often than we do.  If this was your last day, would your family know for certain that you loved them?  Would they know that they truly were more important than your career?  Would you be happy with how you spent the last week?  Would you be ready to meet Jesus?

Here is a thought that I have on the wall in my living room to remind me of these things:

Live each day like it’s your last.  Sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching.  Love like you’ve never been hurt before.  Live like Heaven on earth.

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Let’s make sure that we are living with our priorities in mind and making each day count!  Would you please share some stories that have helped  you keep your priorities straight?  Also, please share this with your friends or on social media!

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