New future
For the last several years I have used the last week of the year and
the first week of the new year to evaluate who I am; who does God want
me to be and how I am doing.  The process has continued to evolve over
the years, but much of it revolves around prayerfully working through
six questions. These six questions help me discern the God-given possibilities for my life.

There is just something powerful about writing down (or typing on
your computer) your goals and having an intention about who you want to
become!  I can now look back and remember writing down that I wanted to
plant a church; write a book and start a church planting network.
Would those things have happened if I had not written them down?  I
don’t know for sure.  I do know that writing these down and
reviewing them periodically keeps me moving in the direction that I
feel God is calling me. I personally think everyone should do it.  So,
I would encourage you to get some time alone and prayerfully work
through these six questions:

  1. What is my PURPOSE?  It starts with a purpose
    statement.  Just write something down.  Don’t let this question
    intimidate you.  You can always edit your answer later.  Here is how I
    answer that question now: “To be a Spirit-led leader at home, church,
    and in new ventures resulting in a movement of people finding their way
    back to God.”
      It has taken me a few years of revisions to get that
    down.  It’s a little long, but it includes everything that it is
    important to me.  So take a shot and write down a purpose statement for
    your life.
  2. What is my PASSION?  Next you should list the things about
    which you are passionate.  There are four things about which I’m
    passionate:  Jesus, family, church and new ventures.  So, what are you
    passionate about?  List them.
  3. What are the POSITIONS I hold?  Next I list all the
    positions I hold in relationship to the things about which I’m
    passionate.  For example, in relationship to my family I have two
    positions:  husband and father.  Another example, in relationship to to
    my church I have at least four positions:  visionary, Lead Pastor,
    teacher/motivator and intercessor.  List all the positions you hold in
    relationship to the things about which you are passionate.  You get the
    idea.
  4. What are the POSSIBILITIES for my future?  This is my
    favorite part – dreaming with God about who He wants me to be in the
    positions He has put me in.  This is where I begin to dream about all
    the possibilities for my life.  This is the long view and it answers
    the question of who I will have been after I have lived on this planet
    for 75 years. (I’m planning on living to 75 and if I get more time that
    will be bonus!)
  5. What is the PATH for making that future possible?  Now that
    you have a list of all the possibilities for your life you need to
    figure out the path to get you there.  I have a path that I break into
    5 years chunks of time.  There are markers that I need to meet every
    five years if I am going to see those possibilities for my life ever
    happen.  So take a look at your list of God-given possibilities and
    create a path with markers along the way that show you are progressing
    towards those possibilities.
  6. What is my PLAN for this coming year?  The last question you
    will want to answer has to do with 2009.  This year is the next step on
    the path to your future.  So, write down your plan for this year and
    make sure that it is taking you towards the next markers on your path
    to your God-given possibilities.

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