“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NIV)
Do you plan for the unforeseen to occur? The Bible states that trouble in life is a sure thing. It doesn’t speak about if trouble will occur but more or less when it occurs. Planning for the unforeseen does not mean that we need to go through life with a dark cloud hanging over our heads; we simply need to be wise with managing our time and money. By utilizing wisdom, we have the opportunity to create our own “life preserver”.
It could prove to be beneficial to actually leave blocks of time open in our schedule so that when the unforeseen happens, we are not totally thrown off course. On the other hand, for those of us who are chronic procrastinators, we must refrain from putting off everything until the last minute. If we have a tendency to wait to get thing done at the absolute last minute and trouble arises during the crunch period, it creates a snowball affect and makes it extremely hard to recover.
It is also important to manage our money in a way that we plan for the unforeseen. Even though the price tag on everything seems to be so high and your pay scale may not be rising at a comparable rate, it is important to refrain from living paycheck to paycheck. When we are truly diligent about analyzing the difference between an absolute need and a want we can probably find room to create a rainy day fund.
Lord, help me to be a wise steward with the time and money You have entrusted to me. Help me to create a “life preserver” with both my time and money so that when the unforeseen occurs I will be able to stay afloat.