Monday, March 13, 2017

Where Do You See Yourself 5 Years From Now?

Every year since 2013, my husband and I intentionally go away just the two of us to talk about and pray about what the Lord has for us for that year. Sometimes, it's far away; sometimes, only an hour away. But we have come to realize the importance of getting together, away from other influences, to talk about and plan our goals and vision for the new year.

This year, we discussed many things from our ministries to getting our physical house in order to planning for 5 years from now. We wrote those plans down. Detailed ways of accomplishing those goals, and prayed over them. Today, we start on one of those plans: Cleaning out the garage! Now to you, that might now seem like a big deal or a real vision. It is the start of the plan to get my husband back to his woodworking, and without a clean, functioning garage, he just can't do that. So you see, what you plan for today, will directly affect an area tomorrow.

If we don't plan to start or don't start at all, that other goal, creating a Celtic cross for an upcoming art show, won't be realized either. If you don't start setting money aside for that family vacation, you won't go on it. If you don't start walking, buy the gym membership, or invest in a workout DVD, you're not going to get moving. If you don't sit down at the computer and start writing that book, you're not going to get it published. If you don't look into creating, renting, or buying that office space, you won't start your business. Do you see how what you do today affects what happens tomorrow?

If you're like me, you don't want to be in the same spot, doing the same thing 5 years from now as you are today, right? Have you ever taken the time to write down where you see yourself in 5 years or where you'd like to see yourself? Matthew McConaughey said once that his hero is himself 10 years from now. Let me share some statistics with you about some well known companies. 

Did you know:

  • Whole Foods grew by 1000% in just over 6 years?
  • Qualcomm (cell phone maker) grew by 1000% in 6 years.
  • Staples, the office supply store, grew by 1000% in less than 5 years.
  • Coffee giant, Starbucks grew by 1000% in 3 years!
  • Yahoo! grew by 1000% in 2 years.
  • grew by 1000% in just ONE YEAR! 
  • Auction powerhouse, eBay, grew by 1000% in just 6 short months!!

If these companies can grow, flourish, and become thriving entities in around 5 years, what more can your Father in Heaven do for you and your vision? Psalms 37:25 says, "I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed out begging bread." Read Deuteronomy 28:3-14 and see what the Lord will do for you! See that He will make you FLOURISH this year!

I want to encourage you, if you haven't yet this year, to sit down and get with the Lord and, if you're married, your husband. Talk about the things you want to do, write down plans for doing them, and pray about accomplishing them. Don't talk yourself out of it or you won't do it at all! You don't have to figure it all out right now. But you do have to start with a plan and you DO have to start!

Have a blessed week!


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