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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Margin Will Help Me Plan for Unanticipated Problems

In review of Proverbs 22:3 it says, “A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences”

Bottom Line:
When you see trouble coming, don’t be stupid and walk right into it, plan for it.

What this means to me:
It would be prudent for me to look ahead and foresee difficulties ahead and prepare for them, otherwise I can be caught off guard and suffer the consequences.

Planning margin into my schedule will always pay dividends, as it’s inevitable that I will experience some kind of problem or delay.

Putting together a plan is always wise and prudent. God’s Word even tells me that I ought to plan. Planning ahead helps lead me in the right direction. It helps me think through some potential roadblocks or issues.  And we all know that nothing ever goes as perfectly as we’d want. So without margin and a good plan, I’d be setting myself up for big disappointment, as there will always be bumps in the road.

In fact scripture tells me that thinking ahead is the mark of wisdom. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (TLB).

So putting in margin helps in two ways.  First, with proper margin, I can think more clearly without the pressure of a time crunch on a commitment. Secondly, margin helps if some comes up I didn’t plan, I have some extra time to work on or solve it.

Today’s verse is a great reminder for me to build margin into my projects, schedules, plans and life in general.

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