Four D’s of Daily Planning

 John 4:34
“My food,” said Jesus, “is
to do the will of him who
sent me and to finish his work.”
NIV

 

Two things that will kill your opportunity for having a good life:  One is not being anchored to the right purpose.  Two, is poor planning. 

The life of Jesus shows us how to feast on life, even being faced with death.  His first foundation was to feed on doing the will of his Father God.  The same holds true for us.  To be tethered to any other foundation would leave us empty and unsatisfied.

So how did Jesus go about his daily planning?

I don’t know who penned them, but I know Jesus naturally practiced the four “D’s” in daily planning.  The first “D” is, “Do I do it?”  Many people expend more energy in thinking about what they are supposed to do than in doing what they are supposed to do.  Jesus never let the procrastination-parasite eat his feast of life.

“Do I defer it?”  In Luke five, Jesus has people who want to hear him preach and want to be healed, but we find that sometimes Jesus would intentionally go off by himself to be with Father.  For Jesus to accomplish his mission, he knew when to defer the important to engage and accomplish the critical.

“Do I delegate it?”  Jesus gave authority to his disciples to do the Father’s work. He told them to go heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons.  To delegate effectively, you must give authority in that area.

“Do I drop it?”  Jesus was told that Herod wanted him dead, but he would not let that stress him out and keep him from living life.  Jesus said, “Go tell that fox, `I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’”  And that’s exactly what Jesus did.

By Aaron F. Jeffers
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