What are your plans?
Any adult at one point has had this question come up. It could be something simple, like “What are your plans for lunch?”, to something more complicated like “What are your plans for the year?” One of the most disheartening moments in planning is when things start looking bleak and your plans start falling apart.
We can easily start feeling discouraged and maybe even stop planning in advance all together. As a parent, it seems that plans fall through the cracks more often than people who do not have children.
Vacation coming up? Someone is bound to get sick.
Needing to leave in by a certain time? Someone is bound to lose their shoes.
Parenting is stressful, chaotic, and many things need to be flexible, but that doesn’t mean we should never plan for the future.
Every parent knows that even the best-developed plans are hard to execute. Inevitably, life’s unknown and unexpected events and influences muscle their way into your experience and wreaks havoc with those carefully conceived plans. But the potential for failure is no excuse not to prepare for success. Every respectable military strategist, educator, business manager, political leader, and effective parent will agree that achieving positive outcomes rarely happens by chance. It is almost always the result of good planning and diligent implementation. 1
One of the things that need to be planned that sometimes is overlooked is growing in spirituality. As we plan for spiritual growth, we should also be planning for our children’s spiritual growth. If we value spirituality, than we need to have a plan or expectations for growing in the future. Will they succeed? Sometimes yes and sometimes no, but that doesn’t mean we should never make a plan for our future, but also the future of our children. As a mature adult Christian, I plan on growing in my spirituality. Also as mature Christian parent, I plan on helping my children grow in their spirituality too.
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 681-684). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩