Counter Cultural Planning
So, what worked this past year?
What needs to change?
As regular readers will know, I love working with a group called, iBloom. They are a group of women dedicated to living out a life of faith, in the belief that life was meant to be packed down and over-flowing with God given priorities. These priorities come from the teaching of Jesus. It's not one denomination or set of rules but a journey where, due to what Jesus has done we can be all Father God intends for us to be. Not more. Not less.
We're on a journey, and it is a priviledge to do life as women who know we are truly loved and on a mission to build strong families and communities. But it's a little counter-cultural.
In a world where pressure is "just how life is," and many feel the need to work 24/7, iBloom encourages a rhythm of life where we work from rest and our priorities come from who we are, not someone else's game plan.
So, one of the things that worked for me this past year was to take time to have a Monday Morning Business Meeting with Father God. iBloom calls it "Motivation Monday". This is where we take a few minutes to look at the week ahead. I open the page of my iBloom Planner, praying the verse of the week, and then pop on the headphones to listen to worship music. Then I ask Father God, "so what are your plans for me this week?"
As plans develop, I ask the question, "So what is my motivation for all I think I need to do this week?"
Could my motivation be people pleasing?
Am I just doing something from guilt?
Are my goals truly God's priorities for my life or simply a pressure coming from an anxiety deep within?
Who says I "gotta do this?"
I am looking forward to my 2018 iBloom Planner arriving soon. You may already have purchased a planner and looking forward to setting goals. Let me just challenge you to take a moment to check your motivation for all you think you want to do in the year ahead. Perhaps a retreat would be a good way to start the year. iBloom's retreat is this week on Thursday and Friday, and I am setting aside time to hide away in my home and join in (virtually) with others who choose to not just rush into the year with goals set by a world of pressure. A counter cultural plan, is one that recognises the goals for 2018 are all about God's plans - and they are always for my good. No pressure!