The Art of Planning

I gave myself the challenge a few weeks back to sit down and write out a ten year plan. I’m not usually one for new years resolutions, but seeing how much my life has changed in the past few years, I thought it’d be worth setting some goals and where I think I’d like to be 10 years from now.

I have no doubt that some of the things I wrote down will happen. I’m curious to see the things I can’t now see coming, or to see how God’s going to open and close doors – meaning that I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the things I wrote don’t happen. Regardless, it was a great challenge and accomplishment to just sit down and do it. I’m not going to share it publicly, but it’s got me thinking about how the plans and goals I have define how I work and largely who I am. There’s a fine line between over-planning – where I’ve seen people struggle with God’s call on their life if it didn’t fit into the plan that they already came up with – and under-planning – where people just wait around and make decisions completely on the fly with no real ends in mind.

I want to be more conscious of and intentional with my plans – not only long term ones, but things as simple as what my day’s work looks like or how I’m planning a worship service. And in 10 years, I’ll probably look back and be amazed at where I am and what I got right and wrong in my plans.