Encouragement for your daily walk with God
My Father was in the construction field for many years. One thing I noticed while growing up was that he never built anything without a blueprint, sketch, or plan. For him, it was absolute. His rationale was any time a problem or question would arise, he could turn to the blueprint or plan for the answer. For every question or perplexity, the answer was always there.
I did not follow in my Father’s footsteps. You can’t get me far enough away from construction! But his principle of a plan, a blueprint, has stuck with me since I was a kid. It fits perfectly in life:
If you want to build a sound, financial future, you must have a plan.
If you want a life of married bliss, you must have plan
If you want a growing faith, you must have a plan.
No profession builder I know starts building something without a plan. He doesn’t just reach out for any scrap of wood and begin to cut it randomly. He doesn’t haphazardly nail things together. And yet, I’ve seen many people go through life cut, cut; nail, nail; cut cut glue, glue, and even when things seem to crumble all around them, they don’t go back to a plan … because they never had one!
Sadly, some Christ followers fall prey to that concept. They don’t grasp the importance of a plan, a blueprint, upon which to build their lives. Consequently, when problems arise, they have no place to turn for reproof, correction, or instruction in righteousness [see 2 Timothy 3.16].
We have a blueprint, God’s blueprint, so readily available to us. It’s called the Bible. I often refer to it as The Human Repair Manual. The Bible is God’s blueprint for success, happiness, fulfillment, complete and unspeakable joy! When something is not right, we should immediately consult the blueprint, trust its integrity, and build on it. Apply its truth to any error clouding your thinking. It will change your life forever.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. . . . and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6.11, 17