Today Stephanie and I were able to take some time to do a little life planning. I posted this on twitter and got back a “What is life planning?” comment. I thought it could be helpful to put together a quick post of what a “life planning” time looks like for us.
Where are we now
This should be a pretty easy one. We try to at least know what our lives currently look like. It is helpful to do a quick fly-by and make sure we are both on the same page. I am always surprised by the little current events that seem to slip through the communication gaps (like the mens family kayaking trip or current work events).
What is God calling us to
This is a good one to hit first because it will greatly (or should greatly) dictate the Where do we want to be questions that come next.
Where do we want to be
In light of what God is calling us to next, we align that calling with where we would like to be in the next six months to a year.
– Where are we going to live
— Stay where we are?
— Move locally?
— Move to a different community/state/country?
– What does our health look like?
– What does our family look like?
—- Birth one?
—- Adopt one?
—- Foster care?
– What does work look like?
— Stay or Go?
– What do our finances look like?
— What debts do we have?
— What are we saving for?
— Who are we giving to?
– What does ministry look like?
— Are we serving where God wants us to serve?
— Are there areas we should be serving that we are not?
— Are there areas we should not be serving where we are?
— What would transitioning out of current ministries look like?
— Who are we dicipling?
— Who should we be dicipling?
— Who do we need to follow up with?
— How many?
— Time off?
— Local or distant?
— How did this one get back on the list…
Pray over the discussion and the plans. Know that they are not chiseled in rock. Pray not that your plans would be fulfilled but that God’s would be.
Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Do it again
Where you think you will be in six months and where you find yourself in six months will be different. Regroup and plan again. You and your spouse are called to be one. It helps if you are both heading the same direction.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Do you have some close friends to be accountable with? It may be helpful to discus your plan with them. Ask them for input.
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisors they succeed.
NOTE: This should prefferably not be your parents unless you live at home AND they are still supporting you. In that case they should know you have a plan to grow up.