Posts Tagged ‘planning’

Car Trouble

January 6, 2010

I drive old vehicles.

I don’t mean classic, restored, or vintage…just old, with pretty high mileage.  Our van is a 1995 with 173,000 miles.  I hope to get at least another 50,000. 

This past weekend, I was returning from dropping off the deer at the processors when I lost power steering, and an assortment of lights came on, on the dash.  The van was still running so I pulled off to the shoulder and called a friend who is far more mechanically inclined than I, and he suspected that I had broken my serpentine belt.  It was very cold outside and I was not far from home so I prayed, and drove home and into the garage. 

I was supposed bring my son and his fiance back to Minnesota the next day.  A couple of men from my church offered to repair the van during the second service so that we could still leave on schedule.

It turned out that the water pump had also failed, but they were able to make the repairs and we were on our way on schedule.

About an hour into the journey we stopped for gas…and the van would not start.   This time, the starter was the problem.  We called AAA to get the van, and a friend to come get us, and we went back home.  A local shop replaced the starter and we were back on the road before noon.  This time the trip was without mishap.

I drive old cars.  I anticipate problems by having a AAA membership, and by having money set aside in the budget for repairs.  Even more important, I trust that God will watch over us.   Christian friends helped in time of need, and when problems occurred, we either made it home, or had a warm place to wait. 

Even in times of trouble, God is good.

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In God We Trust

August 4, 2009

I am thankful that my faith allows me to face the future without anxiety.  I do not often worry about what might happen.

I trust in God.

That being said, I do try to make good decisions.  I try to look ahead and plan for the future.  I try to make good use of my resources.   In fact, my wife sometimes complains about THE PLAN.  Or perhaps, more accurately, the way that I react when things don’t go according to my plans.

The really, really good thing is that I don’t have to understand everything.  I don’t have to have everything planned out.  Life does not have to go according to my plan.

God has already done that.  God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. He knows exactly what is going to happen and He has promised us that He will be with us always.

As our country is making some big decisions about the future.  I believe that we should do our part, that we should address problems, make plans, take action…. and trust that God will help us.

The Plan

March 24, 2009

I like to have a plan.  I like to figure out where I am going and how I am going to get there.  Choose an objective.  Make a plan on how to achieve the objective.  Follow the plan.  Work the plan.  Don’t quit.  Don’t give up.  Do not deviate from the plan.  This comes from my military days where “Accomplish the mission.”  was the number one rule.

This does not always work so well in the civilian world.

Plans are subject to change. 

Goals may need to be reevaluated.

There are other people involved, who may have their own goals and plans.  It is not simply a matter of whom outranks who. 

Sigh… In some ways, military life was easier than civilian life.

Today for example, I have a list of activities that I am supposed to get done, or events to attend.  It is going to be a full day, even by my crazy standard.  Things were going well until I got to the part on my list labeled “update blog”.  Now, what that means on a Tuesday, is that I am supposed to write something.  That doesn’t necessarily take that long if I have an idea of what to write about. 

Today, however, I sat here and thought …. and thought.

I have nothing to write, and sitting here thinking about what to write is wasting precious time. There is a lot on my list.

Then, I got to thinking that I hadn’t written on Saturday because I had a wedding to perform.  I really should write something.  That is the plan. 

Don’t deviate from the plan. 

Then it hit me. 

The plan.  

Most of the time it is a good thing, but I need to remember to be flexible, to allow myself the freedom to deviate from the plan, to change goals, or even just to disengage once in a while. 

Life is not always planned.

Nor should it be.

Planned or Impulsive?

August 20, 2008

“Those who fail to plan, should plan to fail.”

“Prior planning prevents poor performance.”

There are two ways to express the importance of planning ahead.  Whether we are talking about time, money, or objectives, it is very helpful to think about what we want to accomplish and then make plans about how to achieve our goals.  Very little will be accomplished by accident.  We do not have enough time or money to do everything and so, choices must be made and goals set; and plans laid out and followed.

I can sometimes get carried away with this sort of thinking.  In the Marine Corps,  “Accomplish the Mission.” was the number one objective and I still easily lapse into that mentality.  I can focus my eyes on the goal to the point that I am oblivious to the moment, or current circumstances.  This is not a good thing.  We live in the moment and it is not all about the goal.

There is a place for the impulsive.  The times when you should adjust your plans, or set them aside momentarily.  Having everything planned out in advance makes for a rigid and inflexible lifestyle in which one may feel trapped or suffocated.  There should be some flexibility in our lives. 

As in most things, the key is to find the balance.  Good planning is important.  Flexibility and spontaneity are also important.  Incorporating both into our lives will make them more enjoyable and rewarding.