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The Curse Of The Schedule

By Don Loftis | 04.02.14

As I sit looking at my Day Planner for the coming months, I become just a bit overwhelmed.  There are deadlines for our Summer Series and the Families’ newsletter.  There are preaching appointments in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Indiana.  Squeezed into all of this are the regular weekly activities and a couple of personal family trips.  Trying to find open dates for a doctor’s appointment or lunch with a friend is challenging.

I recall the Lord’s brother, James, writing, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:13-14).

I don’t think that James’ warning means that we are not to schedule events or plan for the future.  He is not condemning travel itineraries or retirement funds. Certainly he is not opposing working at a regular job or being self employed.

Since no one can control the future, we are called to live in the present and trust God for the future.  There is a vast difference in constructive planning and constant worry.  Let’s learn to fill each hour with sixty minutes of faithful service to God and others, confident that the Lord will protect and provide for us.


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