Robin and I love planning our camping trips. A couple of weeks ago we traveled north a few miles with our camper to enjoy the extended Labor Day weekend and to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary! It was a wonderful trip with no cell service and a nice camping site at Barren River Lake State Park.
You know how vacation trips usually end up with you forgetting something? Well, it happens to the best of us, but not to us if Robin can help it! I am so blessed to have a wife who knows how to plan. Ever since that first camping trip many years ago, she has created and used a checklist. Before we leave the house she will make me sit down and ask me if I have loaded each item on her checklist. It is very thorough and you might think we were getting ready to fly a 747 passenger jet! When we sit down there is no joking around…she is serious about getting this checklist “checked off!” I’m glad she does this for it keeps away many a headache! Oh, and you should see her holiday meal list, and Christmas gift list, and grocery list, and , well, you get the picture. She loves to plan and does it well.
A few months ago I posted about my father’s love for his calling in life. My father was a planner. He purchased a life insurance policy in the 1970’s after he had purchased an adjoining farm. When he passed away in 2002 he still owed on a loan that began with that purchase. The balance was paid off from the life insurance benefit! He was 71 years old when he died. That sure was a blessing to my mother! In the 1980’s, he and mama each purchased a Long Term Care insurance policy. He never used his as he died suddenly in 2002, but mama is now using the full benefit from that policy and her farm is safe from having to be sold to fund her care at the nursing home! We three boys would be in trouble now if it wasn’t for our father’s planning many years ago. Daddy and Mama would always put some cash back in case of an emergency. They had to used it many times when I was still in the home. His planning taught me a lot and I have tried to be faithful to implement this concept into my life.
I love to plan, but acting on that plan is when I get the real benefit from the work I do in planning. Planning for today, tomorrow, next week, next year, retirement, …and yes, death is important. Even the Bible states that King David planned before his death that his kingdom would remain.
I would like to encourage you to do the same. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and I am here to help you plan for the unexpected. Just as my wife does and my father did, acting on your planning (not just thinking about planning but actually implementing your plans) will give you much peace of mind.
So, what are you planning to do tomorrow?