Challenge 5: Realign the Trajectory of Your Life by Writing a Christian Life Plan
Life Planning is like a stick of dynamite. It's undeniably useful if used in the right way, but horrifically dangerous if played around with hastily. For this reason books by life coaching gurus like Michael Hyatt and David Allen ought to include a warning label. Unless drained through a spiritual colander they easily lead to an achievement based, self-centered lifestyle. More than one Christian man has left the straight and narrow due to having some life coach affirm the favorite lie of Satan - that the center of the universe is me.
But the good news is that we get to keep the baby even if we discard the bathwater. Personally, I would label any Christian as reckless who does not have something akin to a life plan filed away near his Bible. After all, how can I avoid conforming to the world if I do not have a sense of the shape God wants me to attain? How can I anchor myself against the current of culture if I do not know where God wants me to be? How can I invest my life in the mission of God if I do not know what my basic job description is? How can I be ready to stand before the judgment seat of Christ if I do not know what Christ wants from me right now?
I feel strongly enough on this point that I consider life planning (done properly) a spiritual discipline closely connected with prayer and Bible reading. The more I learn about God, and the more I relate personally with Him, the clearer my sense ought to be of having a particular calling in this world. Life planning, for Christians, is nothing other than this: figuring out my vocation within the grand mission of God.
But HOw do I do This?
We are going to break the process down into four assignments over four weeks. If you are faithful to complete each assignment, a month from now you will have a clearer sense of how God wants to use you for his kingdom.
Week 1: we will look at the view of your life from 20,000 ft. At this level you will be thinking about the overall purpose and mission of your life.
Week 2: we will drop down to the 5,000 ft. level. You will think about the non-negotiable roles and responsibilities already present in your life. You will ask the question, what would it look like for me to steward faithfully each area of life?
Week 3: we will drop down to 500 ft. The goal here will be realignment. You will ask the question, what needs to change right now so that in 6 months I am moving toward, not away from, where God wants me.
Week 4: we will stand at ground level. To achieve long term goals nothing is more vital than good, daily habits. The assignment will be write out a 'rule of life', a simple but achievable daily/weekly routine that makes time for what is most important.