bulb-in-handWell, here we are again; the end of another year – and time to plan for the next. Hopefully, you have been working this year’s plan (and not the other way around), and it has brought success to your business and the spheres you influence. Remember, God has positioned you to make an impact for His kingdom. This is a privilege that should not be taken lightly.

One way to get serious about your role as a Marketplace Leader is to plan for positive outcomes. This may mean something different than you initially think; particularly if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow?” While this does not mean “don’t plan”, it does indicate that we should plan in a particular way.

Proverbs 16:9 tells us, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” This does not mean the LORD follows our plan; for we are also admonished, “A man’s steps are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24) As you can see, this leaves us in a somewhat vulnerable position.

As Marketplace Leaders, we are responsible to make the most of the resources and spheres of influence we have been given to steward. The consequences of not doing so are quite severe. As humans, we have a propensity to mess up this planning thing. Consequently, fear drives many into the avoidance trap; an incredibly tragic place to be (Matthew 25:14-30).

With all this in mind, I want to suggest you fight off fear and procrastination, and begin planning for next year with the following context:

  1. Planning is a process of communication. The owner of your company wants you to succeed and He has the wisdom and resources to make that happen, even in the worst environments. He enjoys conversations with His children. Come to Him with expectation; come to Him often. Check out James 4:13-16 for some greater understanding of this.
  2. Transformation is the primary goal. Moving your company and spheres of influence from one state to another is the prime objective. This is both a practical and a spiritual endeavor; and it begins with you. Consider 2Corinthians 3:18 and Matthew 5:16 as guiding truth.
  3. Plan with a broad perspective. This has a double meaning. First, start with God’s eternal purpose. How will He use you to accomplish His kingdom objectives? Subjugate you plans to His. Second, do not forget the rest of your life. Why would you plan for your business, and not spend the same time and effort planning for the success of your family and other relationships. Hebrews 10:24-25 speaks to the importance of our relationships in these challenging days.

Marketplace Ministry Tip: Block off the necessary time to plan for next year in a way that involves and pleases God. Commit your way to the LORD, and He shall bring it to pass. Let me know how I can help you (rob@inlightconsulting.com).

Humbly yours and forever His,