I have recently been involved in strategic planning for work. Secretly I love all that stuff. Big picture ideas, vision, imagining how you would like structures to be embedded, how to manage people, define roles, clarify processes. I believe there is real value and energy in talking through your ideas, in being given permission to imagine new scenarios and to dream. But we need a safe place to do it. A place of confidence.
Do you ever dream big with your spouse? Your family or friends? I think sometimes the busyness of life, the demands of caring for small people, ageing parents, a sick child or nursing your own poor health means we become jaded and can no longer see the possibilities of next week, let alone next year.
Make some time to dream this week. Let your thoughts go as you journal, as you chat with a friend over coffee, as you converse during date night with your spouse. A strategic plan for your family and your future can be an amazing thing. It allows you to reinstate those things you value but have perhaps lost sight of.
Our family wants to be missional; we want to share meals, tell stories of Jesus, we want to do life with others and build community. So how do we do it? There are some good ideas here.