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Plans Built on Jell-O

With New Years just around the corner, I’ve been working on my goals and plans for 2013. I recently opened my Life Plan document, originally started in October 2011. I had put together the plan at the inspiration of Michael Hyatt and had finished my first draft just after the launch of kidsenRoute.com. I’ve spent a lot of time these last few weeks of December thinking about upcoming work schedules, possible projects, new markets, and ways to improve my products. As I began perusing my Life Plan, revisiting some of those old goals, I came to my first Life Account. Hyatt suggests organizing life by the objects or relationships that are most valuable to you. He calls these “Life Accounts.” My first account is God.

When I don't make God my foundation in all that I do, I live on a foundation of jello.

When I don’t make God my foundation in all that I do, I live on a foundation of jello.

I read through the bullet points of my envisioned future in my God account and remembered that my first, foremost, foundational purpose for and desire of my life is to, “Have a consistent, vital and thriving relationship with God…” As I read that, I felt like the church John talks about in Revelation, the one that has lost its first love. God, the One who wove me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139); the One who has given me every good gift that I have ever received (James 1); the One who sent His own son as a baby to live a perfect life and die in my place, He is my first love. He alone should be the foundation of my plans.

Yet, as I looked back over the past few weeks of planning, I realized that I had almost forgotten God completely. I had gotten so wrapped up in producing products, building platforms, polishing projects and procuring new skills that I had completely forgotten the motivating factor behind all of it. I write, I tell stories, I capture life via video and photos because I have an awesome God who has put in me the desire to share Life with others. Life, in all its beauty and grime, pleasure and pain, enlightenment and unanswerable, is nothing without God as my first love.

So yes, I’m planning for 2013 to be packed full of storytelling, motherhood surviving, product creating, blog building, video making, travel loving glory. My deepest prayer is that these will never be an end in themselves. God is my first love. He is the reason that I have hope. Loving Him, and loving other people because He loved me first, is my number one goal and the driving force behind every other goal. In 2013 and every year beyond, I want that to shine through all that I do.

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” ~Peter, disciple of Jesus (1 Peter 3:15)

About the author

Kate Elwell I’m Kate Elwell ~ Writer. Wife. Mom. Christian. Videographer. Photographer. Traveler with kids in tow. (Not necessarily in that order.) I tell stories, mine and yours, via video, photos and writing.