This year I have received several wedding invitations. One thing true about all of them is that every invitation came well ahead of the actual wedding date. No one sent an invitation a few days before saying, “If you can make it, we’re getting married in two days.” They are all really early. The reason is that they are planning that day ahead of time. Each one is putting together decorations, cakes, catering, dresses, tuxes, chapels or churches, reception halls, registering at various stores (none being Cabella’s or Jays, which I don’t understand) and preparing for the beautiful ceremony of their dreams. When you go to such a service, things aren’t just thrown together; they are planned down to every detail.
When planning activities for youth group, I do much of the same. When planning my dad’s surprise 70th birthday party, my brother and I, with some family assistance, planned that out ahead as well. Though the specifics may be different, each even required looking ahead, seeing what we wanted to do and doing what was required to meet that goal. This is similar to Daniel’s story.