Twenty-nineteen is almost at its end. And if we are honest, we can say that this year has gone by with a flash! Like with years past, we prepare to tackle the holiday season with knives and forks as if this will be our last indulgence before the clock strikes midnight for the last time on this side of the calendar year. For then, then we must set our goals, put on our workout gear and run ourselves to the gym with the single purpose of being beach-ready several warm months from now.
For those of us who are focused on pursuing our creative callings, our goals tend to involve a different kind of exercise with a completely different destination in mind.
“Success is not one size fits all and therefore requires a unique pattern.”
For me, the goals that I have in the crosshairs are goals that I have been striving toward for several years now. But as I set out to take hold of them this year I am doing so while letting ‘peace be my umpire‘. Thank you, Victoria Osteen for that!
Let me digress for just a moment to explain what that means for me. Allowing peace to be my umpire means I am no longer going to allow projects and methodologies of action to rob me of peace. If I feel unsettled or shackled by them I am either:
- Taking on something that is outside of its season for me
- Need to let certain things go or put them down for a time
- using a methodology of execution that is not natural for me
This has nothing to do with ‘comfort,’ for the truth is, any real growth requires a certain level of discomfort. But what I learned in my ‘doing’ this past year and the years prior, is that I subconsciously began to do things how other successful people had done them thinking that their way was the only way to gain the desired level of success I was aiming for.
“Let peace be your umpire.”~Victoria Osteen
That idea for me is no more! Success is not one size fits all and therefore requires a unique pattern.
But in conjunction with this truth, the reality that this new year is different from others is also a big gamechanger. We are not just on the brink of a new calendar year but we are stepping into an entirely new decade.
Which requires a whole new game plan for vision casting.
WHAT ARE YOU ENVISIONING FOR 2020 AND THE NEW DECADE?
Planning for what we would like the next year to look like is an adventure already, but have you considered setting markers and milestones for the next decade?
Here are some questions to prayerfully consider as you make your plans for the new year as well as the next ten years:
- Whose report are you going to believe? (ISA. 53:1) Often times we find that we have lost our battles for the future and even the present just because we have chosen to believe the lies of the enemy over the truth of our Heavenly Father and Savior. No matter the odds that may seem stacked against you, in Christ, you are still an overcomer. You just have to determine to believe that as you take your steps in faith for your future. (See Choose Your Own Adventure for more encouragement.)
- What are you seeking from the Lord?: Knowing or having an idea of what we want for our future is the second step in planning for our future. We have to first believe that we have the right to plan but also know what it is that we want to plan for. (PSALM 21:2)
- If there were no limits what would you do?: Our Heavenly Father is the God of the impossible, and He is on our side. Have you ever considered that He has purposed for you to be the conduit for His glorious power to be at work for others to see? Don’t let limits keep you from giving voice to the impossible dreams that are within you! (EPHESIANS 3:20-21)
- Write the Vision: Take the time to seriously image what it is that you would like to see happen in your life and through your life next year and the decade ahead. Put your childlike faith to action and WRITE IT DOWN. Vision boards or journals are such powerful faith tools. In Habakkuk 2:2-4 we are instructed to, “write the vision.” After you have prayed and imagined, write down what it is that you have in your heart and allow the Lord to lead you to it and through it with faith and expectation!
So that is it in a nutshell. Let’s all get to road-mapping our adventures with 20/20 for 2020 and beyond!. I hope you will journey along with me, continue to lend your advice and share your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:12, NIV) “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…”
Stay creative and keep your peace along the way!
SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT
*Revised from January 16, 2017
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!