You know the motto, “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Look at what the Bible says in Proverbs 14:8, “Wise people have enough sense to find their way, but stupid fools get lost.” You may say, “I don’t know if I like the Bible calling me stupid.” Well, sometimes the truth hurts.

People who are wise have a plan, have a path, have a direction! And when you don’t, you can find yourself suffering a setback. You have a setback because you didn’t know where you were going, and then you wonder, “Why am I here?” You have got to face that your lack of planning has now created a setback in your life.

Without a plan, you are adrift, and then you open yourself up to continual setbacks in your life. When Henry Ford built the first automobile, he forgot to include a reverse gear. It was an incredible invention that has changed our world forever, but you can’t always drive forward. But Henry bounced back; he added a reverse gear, and then things went very well for him and his car company.

Like Henry Ford, you too can bounce back from your lack of planning. But it is absolutely crucial to understand the importance of direction and planning. And that is what makes following Christ so valuable.

To have a comeback without God’s help is much more difficult. If you follow Him, you have a built-in plan for your life, which makes life so much easier and simpler. You are then able to understand His purpose and plan for your life. As a matter of fact, following Jesus is a continuous unfolding of God’s plan for your life.

God has a plan unique for you; it is not like anyone else’s in the world. In order to discover it, you must follow Him. He will then take you places, both expected and unexpected—a marvelous ride that wards off setbacks. There are enough unexpected things that happen in life, so we don’t need to make it any harder. We no longer need to cooperate with the challenges of life. If we plan and follow God’s plan, we will find ourselves far ahead of the game.

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