Monday, May 4, 2009

What's Your Four Year Plan?

They say for any business to succeed they have to have a business model, and even then few will survive five years--actually almost all will fail in their first year.

As I read the Bible a few days ago, I started thinking about this--about planning--and about how as Christians we really have no model. Most people get up every day and they just live by the moment; whatever happens, happens. Those who are organized might be of calendar mindset, and regularly plan their weeks out, but for the most part we have no idea where we will be by this time next year.

Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow--he didn't say not to plan for it.

 God had a strategic plan when he sent Jesus, and it worked--in just four years he changed the entire course of history as we know it. It doesn't matter what philosophy you subscribe to...you could be an atheist or Buddhist--whatever you are, your life was changed by Christ, because the day he died a religion was born that changed everything. Believe in that religion or don't--it doesn't matter--belief in the existence in God doesn't change the fact that history changed because some people did.

Four years. That's the timeframe between the start of Christ's ministry to his death. Four years to change the world. If those four years wouldn't have happened life as we know it would have been altered.

God has a plan for each of us, but we don’t always have a plan for ourselves; I can’t help but wonder what the world would look like if every Christian sat down and wrote out a four year plan of what they wanted to accomplish and how they intended to do it. The trouble is too often we have a list of things we’d like to accomplish, but no timeframe or model to do so.

What's your four year plan?

1 comment:

  1. Year 1--Write and publish a cliche-ridden semi-Christian self-help book.

    Years 2 and 3--Promote the heck out of it. Maybe even go on Oprah!

    Year 4--Laugh all my way to the bank.

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