September 13, 2016

The Value of a Godly Life Plan

Do you know anyone who is overwhelmed, stressed out, and has things falling off their plate?

Could that even be you?

We all get 24 hours – 1, 440 minutes – per day. The key is how you use those minutes. Are you using them to honor your core values, your core priorities, and to follow the calling that God has placed on your life?

If you’re like most people, you fall into one of two sets of people. The first set haven’t consciously considered their values, priorities, and calling; so they haven’t  planned out how they’re going to use the minutes they are given to achieve their best result.

The second, smaller set are the Super-Type-A set that have their lives so structured and so planned that there is no room for the unexpected or for anything to go wrong. Have you noticed that while this set gets a lot done, they are in general just as overwhelmed and stressed as everyone else?

As someone who has been in both sets, and as a matter of fact would often bounce between the two on a regular basis, let me tell you, there is a better way.

Earlier this year, a book was released and became a bestseller. The title is Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want," written by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. In this book, they walk you through the process of establishing your Life Plan. A Life Plan is the key to making the minutes you get every day purposeful and productive.

I created my first life plan in 2004, more than a decade ago. It wasn’t perfect, but it helped me become a better person. The process described in Living Forward is a much better process than the one I went through back in 2004. My new life plan, created earlier this year, is a better plan; and I am even more excited to have it and other tools to keep me on track for the future.

From the Living Forward perspective, the first group of people are “The Drifters” – they are drifting with the current of life. They are allowing circumstances and others to decide their destiny. They may be happy or unhappy with the results, but it is very rare that someone drifts to a result that they would have hoped for themselves.

The second group of people are “The Designers” – they are in control, they have their future planned out and heaven help you if you get in their way. Have you noticed that they have very little margin in their life? An unexpected, unanticipated problem as small as a dead car battery can put them into a tailspin for a week! Much less any major problem like aging parents with Alzheimer’s or losing a job or an unexpected death in the family.

If I had any critique of Living Forward, it would be that it does not emphasize the spiritual aspect of the life plan as much as I would like. That’s why I created the Godly Life Plan Group. As part of that group, I describe a third set of people that called the “Discerners." These are people that go before the Lord with no agenda of their own, and listen for the Godly response – sometimes that is to drift, and sometimes it’s to design – but always, it is to listen for God’s will in your life.

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