Contingency Planning


During my last semester at Kent State University, I was enrolled in a class for my minor in sports management. The class was called “Event Planning.” One of the biggest parts to our grade in the class was to plan some kind of event and hold the event before the end of the semester.

We were divided into groups and left to select the kind of event to plan. I don’t remember how it all came about, but my group chose to organize the first Kent State Sports Awards. We made some group decisions and also divided up some of the responsibilities.

But, I remember that part of what the class instructor stressed is to make sure to have the proper contingency plans for the event. These are a set of backup plans (“Plan B”) in case the desired plans don’t happen. For instance, in case of rain, we needed a backup for our location. In case something happened to the emcee so that he could not make it, we needed a backup. Although we did not have to use these backup plans, they were crucial to a successful event, peace of mind, and a good grade!

Now, I say all of this just to get us thinking about proper planning. Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.” First, we have to make sure that we carefully select the proper things as “Plan A.” Then, we also must have a “Plan B.”

Yet, it is common for people to get their planning all wrong. Sometimes, less important things are put ahead of more important things. Sometimes, there is no backup plan. Sometimes we fail to make the “main thing” the “main thing.” So, I want to use this lesson to challenge your thinking about how you plan your life – recognizing that you have a soul that will live either in Heaven or Hell for all eternity.

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