Raise your hand if you have a job. Ok, put them down. That’s likely a good 90+ percent of you. Now raise your hand if there is a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) or someone equivalent who knows all of the details of the finances of the organization. Please put them down again. Thank you for playing.
On Friday I had a meeting with my personal CFO, that evening we went to an AWESOME concert together (shout out to the Michael Maher Band) and almost every morning I woke up by her side. For those of you who are having trouble keeping up, my lovely bride is our CFO.
Last weekend we were on a Personal Focus Retreat and the Lord revealed some of the plans for the next season of our lives. Those plans from God require effort on our part. As Mark Batterson says, “We have to do the natural and God will do the supernatural.”
But our next season of life is not the reason for this post. It’s the meeting with the CFO.
In our over 23 years of marriage we’ve held various jobs and owned three small businesses. Of the businesses one was a complete flop, one was a little successful and the third did quite well for a period of time. We learned a lot through all of these experiences, but they were very fly by the seat of your pants. What I mean is, we learned something, immediately implemented it (which is VERY good) but we didn’t have a true plan.
I don’t mean a 93 page business plan. I mean a plan for the future of our lives. We were moving along, taking things as they came, but we had no framework with a clear path. Don’t get me wrong. We had goals and milestones, but we never really sat down together and said, “This is the plan we feel is from God and we will follow it until He changes either the circumstances or our hearts.”
That was the point of Friday’s meeting. To cover very concrete plans…AFTER having prayed for many days before that meeting. I have to say it was AWESOME! Researching, discussing, reaching out to an expert and taking action TOGETHER like we had never done before was powerful. We will be doing so regularly.
We thought we had been accomplishing things before, but what we really did was let people and events pull us along in a slow drift. NOW we have a defined path. Thanks to the Lord!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5
We took action Friday and again yesterday on this path. Five years. We have a specific 5 year path. Not a plan for every single step, but a path to follow and the first few steps are known.
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5
Let’s wrap this up. What is your path for the next season of your life? Have you met with your CFO (or perhaps you are the CFO and she’s the CIO :-))? When is the last time the two of you sat down to plan the next season of your life? When is the last time you spent focused time with God, separately and together, to seek His specific will for the next few months or years?
Maybe it’s time.
Love you all!