I have a maintenance plan for the car, a bug spray plan for the parsonage, a worship plan for work, a retirement plan for later years, a fitness plan for my health, a continuing education plan for my mind, a grocery list for our meals and a thousand other plans that don’t get written down. Now wait…what’s missing? A spiritual needs maybe?
Nurturing our faith in Christ needs a plan. Stop for a moment! Shouldn’t our connection with God get as much attention as the pest control of our homes?
This post comes as we begin the season of advent, a Perfect time to pause and ask God for direction as we push back the panic of Christmas for a moment and seek the Christ. Here are my goals as an example and a way of being held accountable to them.
My goals for this season: 1-To be and become a stronger disciple of Jesus Christ. 2- To have fewer activities with more impact and Christ centeredness. I will accomplish these through this year through study, service, retreating, journaling and worship. I have an accountability partner and a coach…and a majestic savior, Jesus, to walk with me.
Here is the plan for planning…..
- Planning begins with and is undergirded byprayer-this can’t just be my good ideas.
- Don’t over-plan and do allow for God’s surprises! There is a rigid flexibility and simplicity to a plan.
- A plan is balanced with nurture of mind, body and soul-including relationships, family, church, work and rest
- There is a focus. Here, the books above reflect diversity of topics but focus on learning how to adapt to change without losing my Christian integrity. What is your focus?
- Scripture and prayer engaged in many different ways are essential.
- Finally, life-planning begins and ends with our relationship with Christ. That needs Our needs and keep us a sensitive witness for the needs of others.
What’s your plan. Start with a quiet prayer and a single step….now. God will meet you there.
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