Tuesday, August 2, 2011


In Donald Miller's book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life, he talks about a teenage girl who's life is on the wrong track. She was settling for living the best story she could create on her own. To rescue her, and really the whole family, her dad creates a more exciting story that draws her in. How better to keep your family on track then to make sure you have given them a good story to participate in. A story more exciting and rich than the counterfeits Satan has to offer.
One way we make sure we are ushering them into an incredible God-centered adventure is to have an intentional plan. Everyone in our house over 16 is expected to have a life plan. A plan that they evaluate every few months and adjust according to how God has wired them and how their story has played out.

We have helped them create this plan using several tools.  We read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and discussed what a good story would look like.  When they turn 16 they take StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Your Unique Design .   Using these tools along with an amended form of Michael Hyatt's Creating Your Personal Life Plan we work together to map out a five year plan. You can't imagine what a sense of excitement, purpose and power that gives them.

Everyone should have a life plan. Take the time to write it out. Take it seriously. Don't leave them to wander aimlessly, without clear purpose and direction. It is an incredibly exciting way to equip our youth.

Checkout what Michael Hyatt says are the 7 Reasons Why You Need a Written Life Plan