Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's your plan?

Most of us don't develop strategies for living until we've messed things up and have to have them. Such as ...

... a strategy for losing weight, usually put off until we get a diagnosis from the doctor demanding we lose weight in order to be able to regain our health ...

... a strategy for saving, forced on us after we're so in debt real savings won't happen until after years of digging out of debt ...

... a strategy for managing our relationships, which often don't come until we're on the verge of losing the most important people in our lives ...

We hurtle through this life with such a carefree attitude (thinking that's "cool"), expecting everything to constantly fall into place --- in our favor, every time --- and never consider we actually do need to make time on a regular basis to think, make smart decisions, and even put in place some specific strategies for living.

The one strategy most of us never put into place in our lives is a strategy for being a disciple of Christ. A real strategy that ...

... makes sure we get the discipleship we need so we can grow up in Christ ...

... a strategy that includes our being equipped for ministry, including knowing how to share the Gospel so we can do so when we have opportunity ...

... a strategy that creates opportunities to make disciples ...

... a strategy that lines out how we can invest our lives fully --- our time, talent, and resources --- in living our lives as ambassadors for Christ.

Most Christians look at serving Christ as occasionally responding to one of the myriad opportunities they stumble across each day, or expect the church to make an announcement about something they can make a small contribution to in some way.

That's not a strategy for living for Christ, that's a strategy for living for self.

Do you have any kind of plan for making your life count for the cause of Christ? Or are you just winging it? How much more could your life make a difference if you had a simple strategy and executed it?

Scotty

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