Looking Back to Prepare for the Future

preparing for the future

One of the questions that has been a challenge to process while doing my 2019 Powersheets prep work is “What do you want your life to look like when you are 80?” This may surprise some of you, but when you’ve lived for two decades trying not to plan too far ahead in life, thinking several decades away isn’t an easy switch to flip.

There are so many ways to answer this question, which I suppose is the point, but when your life has consisted of moving places you’ve never heard of and making up jobs and ministries as you go, it feels impossible to imagine what life will look like in 40 years.

Jill Brisco says “You got where you’re sent, you stay where you’re put, and you give what you’ve got until you’re done.” This mantra has served us well, but it doesn’t really create space for planning. So, how do you prepare for the future when you barely know what the present holds? You reflect on the past.

Looking Back

I have no idea where I will reside at age 80. The beach? The mountains? The Plains of the Midwest? Will we live near family or will our sons move as often in their adulthood as they have in their childhood? The short answer is that I have no idea. Further, regardless of what I hope or dream for, none of these details are things non-negotiable items.

The future, in many ways, is a blank slate. But the longer I journey with Jesus the more life experiences I have that reveal God’s character is consistent.

Here’s What I Know:

  • Every place we’ve moved God has gone before us
  • Every place we’ve lived we’ve had amazing community surround us
  • Every move our ministry has looked different but has always been present
  • God has always provided a financially
  • Nothing has ever fit into any plan or assumption we’ve attempted

Preparation for the Future

While there is practical preparation for the future such as fiscal responsibility and continued strengthening of family relationships, I’m coming to understand that the rest of life at 80 is going to stay fuzzy looking, and that’s okay.

Still, there are things I can do every day to prepare for the future. I can

  • Grow in my understanding of the Bible
  • Continue to serve those God places in my path
  • Continue to learn to discern God’s voice
  • Continue to learn to identify God’s character

Regardless of what life will look like at 80, these are things that I know I won’t regret having in my toolbelt.

My Powersheets prep work is complete and the more I’ve worked through goals the more focused I am on putting one foot in front of the next seeking to follow God’s path for my life.

What do you want your life to look like when you are 80? Exactly where God places me, doing exactly what he’s directing me to do. How about you?

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