I mention General Marshall simply to point that even a plan with flaws is better than no plan, and to share an insightful statement from him that guided his thinking and life. Here’s the gem.
“When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective." General George C. Marshall
Time spent remonstrating over “things that are done,” is largely a waste of time and energy. Bewailing flaws and could haves, takes as much or more energy than to create new goals and craft new plans to progress toward the stated goals.
I am thankful for men like General George C. Marshall else we would be speaking German or Japanese, if speaking at all!
I am even more thankful to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
The person of Jesus is without even one character flaw. Pontius Pilate stated, “I find no fault in this man.” Pilate would have loved to find a flaw, and non-believing clergy and others are still attempting to find something Pilate may have missed.
No sane, biblically knowledgeable person thinks that Jesus spends His days in heaven remonstrating over any flaws in His plan for His people and for the world. The only flaw in His plan is the human element He has delegated to implement the plan.
We fail when do not follow His plan to the letter. This failure may manifest in some gigantic crash, or a more subtle apparent success that over time proves to be a serious misstep or outright willful sin. One of the great sins of Christendom as a whole has been our reliance on our own ability instead of trusting the Lord to energize and lead us through the filling and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We tend to forget or ignore the biblical truth found in Psalms 127:1
“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
You see in this verse the truth; from building a house to the vastness of military operations people really do need the Lord.
I hope this brief blurb will help you to get over “yesterday” and look ahead.
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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