Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

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“Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

Trained initially as a teacher, I learned and picked up a lot of new ideas on salesmanship when I switched and took the plunge to selling life insurance on a commission basis as a career. Without the safety of the “security cheque”, I was inevitably faced with the challenge of having to plan and work my plan for my daily, weekly and monthly survival. That slogan: “Nobody plan to fail but most fail to plan” became deeply ingrained in me even till this day.

In retrospect, looking at it in perspective, the words will only ring true if you and I have the power and ability to control our life and destiny. Circumstances will change, job security vanishes, new career looms and new and alien environment requires us to adjust, adapt and adopt life unplanned for. As a new Christian then, I couldn’t really understand the significance of the wisdom in Proverbs 20:24, which says: “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?”

Life is fragile. It is one of vanity and futility. Yesterday is dead and gone. Tomorrow may never come. It’s ridiculous to dwell on past glories. Today is the time for each of us to consider where and how we are investing our time and energies. Oftentimes, at deathbed you’ll hear of regretful wishes like ”I wish I had spent more time with my family and kids.” All the worldly plan of making those million bucks is furthest from the mind of the would-be deceased. Ask the Lord to give you His priorities for your life and he will set you straight.

Everything ultimately comes to an end. Life has its beginning. Life has its end and over these two facts we have absolutely no control. I used to preach these words: “From the womb to the tomb, there is but one room. It’s either heaven or hell where we for all eternity will ‘yell.’”Yes, be prepared and plan ahead for that mansion above. “If there’s will, there’s a way” so they say. But it needs to be added “ . . . provided it’s God’s will.”

    Paul Chong

Time – The Threshold of Eternity

TIME – THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY

(Read Ecclesiastes 3)

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William Shakespeare, the great English playwright, said that everybody had twenty-four hours a day. . . it’s what you do with your time that matter. Time, after all, is an illusion. It expands

and contracts to suit one’s convenience.

Time on earth is brief and fleeting

Rapidly it passes like a ship a-sailing

Three score and ten years are but a span

The life of man does come to an end.

Time cannot be accumulated nor recalled

Every moment though precious, cannot be stored

Unlike the bank of money deposits can be made

The bank of time offers only “Take”.

Time can be spent or wasted in reality

Make your priorities with keen possibilities

Procrastinate not with rationalization

God’s calling requires no justification.

There is a time for everything

Everything demands your right thinking

No human logic can be applied however

When it comes to God’s grace and power.

Make your spiritual life count

Care not just your bank account

Send your booking ahead to heaven

Lest it’s too late towards the end.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent