God has plans for our future. Do you think He would like you to know those plans? Absolutely! He would not have plans and then not reveal them. So, if God has plans for our new year, do you think you should know them? Yes! How are you going to walk in faith if you do not know His plans? How are you going to be obedient?
“‘I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans not for your calamity but for your welfare in order that you might have a future and a hope’” (Jer. 29:11).
Some people ask me, “Wayne, what will this next season entail?” I am not a futurist but I do believe this next year holds unprecedented opportunity.
It all depends on how we look at this next season. It is the way that we have positioned our hearts that will determine whether or not we are going to apprehend what God has for us.
Some people ask, “Does this next season hold opportunity for us?” Absolutely, but you have to have the right way of perceiving things. Otherwise, you will miss the opportunity.
So, as we talk about our future, what are some of the things that we need to have in place?
Two things that need to be in place are:
- The Right Philosophy
Philosophy is not a college class; philosophy is your perception of life.
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear (the way you see things), your whole body (your future) will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body (your being; your future) will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness” (Matt. 6:22).
Your philosophy is like your perspective. It is actually the faith that you live. When push comes to shove, what faith do you really live? That is your philosophy on life. It is the core principles that guide you.
Your philosophy in life is going to morph consistently. It is changing all the time and it will increase or shrink.
You ask, “Well, how do you increase that so you can start to see the opportunities?” A challenge for you is to renew your commitment to start learning again.
Never Stop Learning
This year I encourage you to learn something new — you have to renew your desire and your commitment to learn again.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.” Maybe it is time that we start to develop knowledge so that there is a value that we bring. Work on yourself this year.
As you develop another skill, do you understand how you increase your future? If you only have one skill, you do not increase your future. You are just hoping and praying, and hoping becomes wishful thinking. But when you increase your skill, your hope becomes an anchor. Find something that you can develop and increase.
Learn as much as you can. Work on yourself harder than you work on your job. If you just work on your job, you will make a living, but if you work on yourself, you will increase your future. If you work on your job, you will eke out a living, but if you work on yourself, you will increase the potential of your future. Recommit your heart to start learning again.
- The Right Attitude
The second step is not only having the right philosophy, but also having the right attitude. I am convinced that life is made up of 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent of how you respond to what happens to you. There are a lot of things you cannot control. But how are you going to deal with that?
There are two places in your life toward which you will have to have a good attitude:
Toward Your Past
You need to feel right about your past. It is important to make your past useful — past experiences, past victories and, even more important, past losses and past failures. Review them, reflect on them and see where you went wrong. Correct it and then invest that lesson into your future.
Toward Your Future
We are going to build a future. How do you do that? You want to fill your future with hope and faith. I want to challenge you to not take your future casually. Your future is you; it is your potential. I want you to design it well, as God would design it.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).
If you have no hope, how are you going to build it with faith? I want to encourage you at the beginning of this new year to take time to plan out what you think God has for a preferred future for you. What would God have for your year?
My goal for you is that you never think casually about your life or future again. The clearer you have it down, the more you will be able to build with faith and set your course in obedience.
God wants our future to not simply be in good intention. He wants it to be materialized. The miracle piece is action; that finishes off hope. It produces new life.
Have the right attitude toward your past; make it one of your mentors. Make your future filled with hope. Fill your life with faith and hope. It will start to produce a fantastic future.