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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Invest in your future

by Pam Roth
In the past few weeks, I’ve been following the “future plans” of some of my friends and family.  Some are dealing with health issues, others are traveling for one reason or another; and for several couples that we know, they are moving either to another state or to another country.  

Everyone that I am referring to, had developed a plan for their future; and for some, the plan did not turn out the way they thought it would.  
So, what happens when we find disappointment or struggles in the midst of future plans? How can we properly invest in our future so we can reach preferred outcomes?

This morning, I was reminded of the verses in James 4:13 - 15 (ESV) - “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’”

Well, that pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? The way things appear to be, may not necessarily be the way they are.  The plans that we create may not turn out just like we thought they would; and sometimes the unexpected turns up when we are in the midst of the transition.    

When you are making plans to invest in your future, consider the following five steps:
  1. Include God in your plans - take time to seek godly counsel and to pray about your plans
  2. Be careful about presumptions - presumptions can become a barrier to fully reaching our preferred future
  3. Take a perspective “reality check” - ask for clarification and others perspective on a matter
  4. Avoid procrastination - discover the real reason behind putting off what needs to be done
  5. Be prepared to adjust - things don’t always turn out exactly the  way we plan, be willing to be flexible and sometimes forgiving of yourself and others

What are some of your future plans?  

How are you investing in your plans?  

Where do you need to make some adjustments in order to reach your desired future?

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