July 10, 2019 –
It is important to know where you want to go will impact your current plans. Former Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sometimes sail with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
The famous dialogue from Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland sums up the goal-setting attitude of many Spiritual Paradigm II residents.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Said Alice.
“That depends on a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where…,” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
A preparatory step to planning—spiritual or secular—is envisioning the future. Planning has to do with change, and we can only change the future, not the past, not the present. It is in the future that we will spend the rest of our lives. So, we should envision a great future.
Having a goal sharpens the focus of your plan and helps to avoid wasting effort on irrelevant and conflicting side issues. But, surprising how many believers do not arrive at solutions to spiritual problems because they did not focus on the correct destination from the outset. Finding and defining the right goals are the foundation of a successful Christian life. Knowing where you should go is the first step toward Christian maturity. By defining your spiritual goals, it encourages you to focus on what you want to do.
Put Your Plan into Print
As you pray and develop the plan, you will need to capture it in print. Writing or typing your plan helps with accountability, and it provides you a real yardstick against which to measure your progress. Committing ideas to paper gives structure and realism to your plan. It also allows you to see, analyze, edit and rewrite as the need occurs. Someone said, “A short pencil is better than a long memory.”