Depending on your personality style, you are either drawn to the idea of life planning, or it makes you feel restricted. We are all wired differently so I like to think of the process in a more creative light, like designing your life instead of planning. Planning sounds like it is set in stone, whereas designing is more organic and allows you to be creative as you go.
Consider what Jesus says about planning in Luke 14:28: Counting the cost is the same as creating a plan. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?”
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells a parable of a landowner who gave one man approximately $5,000, another $2,000, and another guy he gave $1,000. The ones who received $2,000 and $5,000 were able to double their money by taking some steps to put it to work. But the man who was given $1,000 buried it in the ground and did nothing to increase his money. The owner was not happy with the man who did nothing. That parable was given to us to show that we are all given gifts and talents from God “according to our abilities,” and He really wants us to use them.
Unfortunately, some people don’t see the value of improving themselves because they don’t see the direct link between their life condition and God’s gifts and destiny in life. You are God’s divine creation. What you do daily will build into your life’s foundation. Like the parable of the landowner, you can take what God has given you and invest it into yourself and others. Most people don’t do anything at all and that results in building a life of avoidance, uncertainty and fear.
Imagine the possibilities if Christians began using the God-given biblical principles we have been discussing. Many people would find their destiny and improve their lives through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Churches would find creative ways to fund ministry projects, families would be strengthened, our children would step into their destinies at a young age, and we could all become, once again, the greatest example of God’s power on earth.
You can design your life today. It is a matter of choice in your everyday decisions and being purposeful, partnering with God. What can you do today to invest in others and yourself?
– Doug Addison
Doug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages which he has shared on television, radio and the internet for over a decade. Doug brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.