The Agony of Planning Too Far Ahead

I do it every time. I over plan, over prepare, and work myself to exhaustion with the false idea it will give me some control over the future. Then, the circumstances change, rendering all my work useless. What did I gain? Nothing, except precious moments I can never reclaim.

The story of the rich man in the Bible is a good example of wasting one’s life, and sadly, I am far too much like him. He figured once he had built enough barns to store several years of harvest, he could relax and enjoy life. He was foolish, wasting his life working toward a goal he would not live to see completed. He thought he was wise. I thought the same of my foolish shenanigans, until things changed and all my work proved useless.

Jesus said, “Be not solicitous for tomorrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.”  Matthew 6:34

I wish I had listened and enjoyed more of the good things God provided in the present. It is far better to make tentative plans for the future — without over planning or over preparing. As someone once told me, “If you don’t like what is happening today, wait six months. It will all change.” In my experience, things can change much sooner than that, and right when I least expect the change.  

The final reprimand came from, 1 Corinthians 3:19. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written: ‘I will catch the wise in their own craftiness.’”

Caught, all I could do was shake my head and laugh. Maybe I finally learned my lesson about the endless To-Do-List, the one extending months in advance. Perhaps I should model myself a bit more like Aesop’s grasshopper, with only a tiny bit of ant mixed in….


  1. Plan your work and work your plan ... but it's always if the Lord wills! Good post, Marie. Thanks!

  2. This is especially fitting for me right now. Still suffering the effects of jumping the gun and planning for something that isn't going to happen. Sigh.

  3. You are right, Sheila. I need to rely more on God and not so much on myself.

  4. We all seem to be guilty of this, Linda. Maybe one day we'll get tired of working so hard and let some of it go? Well, there's always hope....


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