5 Things to Consider About God’s Plans for Your Life

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When I go on a trip, I like to know where I’m staying. There ya go.I said it. I’m one of those people.  I search for my hotel online, try to get the best deal and make sure the GPS on my phone knows how to get me there. For better or for worse, I want to know there is room at the inn when I get tired.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a compulsive planner, but I do like a little structure in my day-to-days.

Currently, in our Sunday morning children’s services we are teaching through the life of Moses. (Thank you Brian Dollar and High Voltage Kids!)

The series begins with an important reminder that God has a plan for us. Ultimately, His plan is for our salvation, and a life filled with worship and faithfulness, walking with Him in love and obedience.

But, we want “the big picture.” We want to know the “big”thing God wants us to do (or that we want to do for God). In focusing on that big thing, we can unknowingly walk out of the boundaries of His plan for us. It’s like trying to put together a puzzle without all the pieces.

Here are 5 truths that have helped me see the big picture:

  1. God’s plan is for us to be reconciled to Him. Is there anything keeping you from Jesus?
  2. God’s plan is for us to know Him. How can you use your time to get to know God more deeply?
  3. God’s plan is for us to share His plan with others. Who can you tell about Jesus?
  4. God’s plan is for us to love, forgive and show others the grace we have been shown. Who do you need to love? Who do you need to forgive?
  5. God’s plan is for us to serve others. How can you use your resources, gifts, talents and heart to help someone else?

This year let’s plan to know God, follow Him, share Jesus, love and serve others as part of God’s plan for us all. As we focus on the little pieces, I can’t wait to see the big picture emerge!

 

 

That’s the Goal–Setting Goals That Keep Us Moving Forward

GOAL!

I didn’t used to be a goal setter, and I have to admit that I don’t always love the process, but I do love the results. I love the forward motion, seeing progress happen, and knowing that a difference is being made.

Today I am finishing up some staff and children’s ministry goals and it brought my mind back to this post I wrote a couple of years ago when the whole goal setting process was much newer for me.

https://whosthefarris.com/2012/01/19/1st-and-goal/

If you are new to the whole goal setting thing, let me be the first or second or third to encourage you to stick with it, find some one to hold you accountable and don’t be afraid to be a little specific and put a completion time on whatever it is you are working towards.

Thank you Karl Bastian and Kidology. Thanks, Todd McKeever for encouraging me through coaching to stick with it. Thanks husband dear for letting me glean from your expertise and thank you, Jesus, for guiding to me the goals that You would have me accomplish for your Kingdom.

1st and Goal

It was just a few years ago that I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what the term “1st and goal” even meant.  However, as our youngest son began his peewee football, then his jr high football, and finally his high school football career, I began to figure it out. Yeah, it took me that long. (I seriously think it took me four years to understand the concept of a first down).   Through the years we saw some great coaching and some not so great coaching and truly began to understand how much good coaching can mean to successful teams.

At the California CPC (Children’s Pastor’s Conference) last year, I met some of the wonderful people of Kidology. We hit if off immediately and next thing I knew the Lord had drawn me to the wonderful world of children’s ministry coaching.  Not as a coach, but as a “player”!!!  After twelve years in Kidmin, I am beginning to take my game to a whole new level.  And although at times I hate to admit it, I love it–really, really love it.  For you see, I’m being stretched, held accountable, and being called to set goals.  Ugggghhhhhh!! I mean Yeeeeeeeaaaaaa!!!!!

No doubt, my coach, a great guy name Todd McKeever (check him out at www.toddmckeever.com) has encouraged me, yes even forced me, (okay, well, only because I signed on for it) to set and keep goals. Ministry goals, spiritual goals, family goals, financial goals, fitness goals and now, praytell, one year  and life goals. Lord knows, (and so does Todd) that this is not something that I have enjoyed or that I was especially receptive to . .at first.  BUT, and this is a big but, goals are changing my life, and as a result, the lives of those around me. The focus, purpose and accomplishment of these goals makes me stronger, makes those on my team stronger, and makes my witness for Christ stronger.  I’m having opportunities to share the process with others, and together through the directed approach of goal setting we are “moving those chains” down the field towards the goal–surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on from the heavenly realms. At least that’s how I see it in my head.

I’ve finally learned that goals really can be SMART– Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely not just Suffering, Migrain Inducing, Annoying, Reminders of Time Wasted. I’ve learned that in accepting their worth, I’m changing outwardly and inwardly at the same time, and I’ve learned that this unschooled, ordinary woman can shine a little more brightly because she has spent time with Jesus allowing Him to be the ultimate coach and goal setter of her life.

I think Paul said it best when he said in Philippians 3:10-14″I want to know Christ, yes to know the power of His resurrection and the participation in his suffering and becoming like Him in His death, and somehow, attaining to the resurrection of the dead.  Not that I have already attained all this or have arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . .I don’t consider myself to have yet taken ahold of it, but one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

And that’s my ultimate 1st and Goal until He returns to take me across the line into the neverENDing ZONE.