Ok, so I wrote that I have been to Women Across the Highlands and was inspired by Ann Allen to create a Continuous Development Plan otherwise known as a C.D.P.
Before I set my mind to this task, which incidently I do feel will be helpful in remaining focussed on my walk with God, I want to look at what the scriptures say about making plans.
Whilst it can be profitable to lay down some kind of aims or objectives for our lives it is a blessing to remember that God Himself has already made plans for our lives.
He provides for us:
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
- Plan – design or revise a business process or system or product
- Do – implement the plan and measure the result
- Check – evaluate the measurements or results
- Act – decide if further changes are appropriate and, if so, what these should be; then back again to…
- Plan – re-design or revise the process, system, product
This cyclic feedback process helps you achieve continuous improvement in the way you work, and in many respects it’s pretty obvious.
For Christians it may be adapted like so:
- Plan – Pray, seek a prayer partner or a good friend as a sounding board to share your thoughts. Be careful not to over-commit yourself and so spread yourself so thinly that you don’t do anything really well.
- Do – all to the glory of God. Always do your very best. We want to shine brightly in everything that we turn our hands to.
- Check – Be open to constructive criticism – again a prayer partner is invaluable for this. Be humble, ready to learn and grow in Christ.
- Act – Pray again… pray for help where needed – He DOES provide. Commit your ways to Him.
- Plan – Revise your aims and be ready to submit to God when things don’t go according to your plans… His ways are perfect – consistently.
Back soon – shine brightly