Summary: There is not many things that hurt my heart more than watching dreams and goals die in the life of a friend. The gap between those goals and their success is an opperational plan. Rekindle the fire of dream in your audience and let God’s purpose for the
I wonder what it is about New Years Day that brings on a mad onslaught of goal setting and life planning? You probably have been a part of this phenomenon on one or more occasions. You decide on a certain New Years resolution and you plan to change your life for the better in some small way.
By January 31 most of us have given up on our goals if we still remember what they were leaving good ideas and positive change for another time.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery said that “A goal without a plan is just a wish” and I agree with him.
It is one thing to have a goal or a resolution, it is quite another to achieve that milestone in life. The space in between the dream and its accomplishment is what we are talking about today, it’s called the plan.
The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
I don’t have to do very much convincing to persuade you that plans are an important part of life. They are how things get accomplished; they are how we can mark our progress. Plans give us focus and make our time and actions more effective.
The irony is that so many of us live with dreams and goals for our lives that never get accomplished when all that we need is the right plan. We know that we need a plan, we know the benefits of a plan, but many of us still don’t have an operational plan for our lives.
Here is a quick test to take.
What goals did you accomplish last year?
What goals did you accomplish last week?
What are your goals for this week and how will you know if you have achieved them?
If you are like me, then the honest answers to those questions will leave you feeling like you need to do a better job planning for your life.
One of the most famous passages on plans is found in Jeremiah 29:11. This message from God, delivered to the people through the prophet Jeremiah comes at a time when Israel was in captivity. They had been taken from their homes and moved to the nation of Babylon. Their homes and cities had been burned and they were left aliens in a new country, no where near the original plan that God had for their nation.
It is in this context that we read these comforting words.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.
13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NLT)
The truth of the word of God is this. God has a plan for your life. He has a purpose that he created you special to accomplish. No matter where you find yourself in life today, know that before you were even born, God planned you and made a plan for your life.