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God's word strongly recommends that we plan carefully and commit to completing what we choose to do, so that it will be a job well done.
In Luke 14: 28-31, Jesus says: "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, 'This person began to build and wasn't able to finish.' Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won't he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?"
You can see in this passage that Jesus urges us not only to plan but also to plan for a total commitment to a good outcome.
The Bible advocates getting some good advice so that your plans can succeed. Proverbs 16:20 notes, "Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord." Or consider Proverbs 15:22, "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."
With a plan in place, ask God what He thinks and whether our plans are in line with his. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans."
This should be our greatest prayer, that we are following His lead, not our own. This will greatly reduce your stress and move you from the “Worrier” to the “Planner” in response to your future.
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