How Long Range Planning is Biblical and Necessary for Purpose

What’s your long-range plan? Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 5 years? Sometimes, these questions seem trite because of overuse; but they are important questions because planning is necessary for fulfilling purpose. I recently looked back over what we achieved in 2015 and I am grateful; but I also realize that better planning could have helped us achieve more.

Mid-life Crisis?

At my age, I’m beginning to understand how valuable time is and how short even 70 years of life can be. But I remember being 20 and thinking that I had all the time in the world to achieve my goals and figure out what God wanted me to do. Three kids later, that seems so laughable. Each day, I’m tempted to feel overwhelmed because there is so much to do, not only for my kids but also for the dreams and vision God has given me to empower others.

Sometimes we examine our lives and in despair, we realize we have not achieved our goals, still lack a sense of purpose or have not been the parents or spouses we should have been. Focusing on these things only halts progress. They bring crisis, a state of frustration that paralyzes you from moving forward.

Change your Focus

Rather than focus on the past, embrace the future. Make plans for the long range. I once heard a life coach guru talk about having a plan for every day of the year tied back to your goals and purpose for the year. It sounds intense; but it’s actually a Biblical principle. Are you surprised? Consider the following scripture:

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. (Psalm 90:12, Living Bible)

There’s no way to number your days without making a plan. Likewise, there’s no way to spend them as you should without making a plan. Literally, God had a plan from the beginning of creation. Those 7 days were intentional and each focused on a subset of creation. He had action items for each day. He even planned His rest on the seventh day. I think there’s something to learn from this.

Practical Application

So what can you do?

  1. If you don’t already set 3 major goals for the year.
  2. Then, break those goals down into monthly milestones.
  3. Finally break those monthly milestones into smaller weekly action items.
  4. And if you want to get really detailed, break the weekly action items into daily steps. You’ll have numbered your days for the year!
  5. Now add all of those things into an online calendar or cell phone that will send you reminders of what you planned to do.

This is not a new coaching technique; it’s a Biblical approach to fulfilling purpose and I hope it helps you in your journey.

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