Ten Year Plan?

We’ve all heard how important it is to have a “ten year plan” or to think about where you want to see your life in ten years.  Lately I’ve been reflecting a lot on that by thinking about where my life was ten years ago and how my current reality was not even a glimmer in my mind.

I had moved to South Tampa to be near a new community of friends, joined a church that was exactly what I needed and jumped in with both feet into that life.  It was a much welcomed changed and a time of life that I still treasure.  A few months later, I had to deal with a pretty brutal firing and was left in a world of unknown.  As much as I was loving all other parts of my life, I knew this was the push I needed to take a “real plunge”.

My life was a blank slate and I could go anywhere and be anything.  I had visited Nashville a year before and the city had resonated with me, but I was still open to go wherever.  (well…except WI.  I said no to that opportunity pretty quick…sorry WI people)  I had literally spent the next year looking for work and a place to call home all over the country before just packing my bags and forcing Nashville to become my home.

Never in my life would I have imagined that Nashville would be my home.  I had made fun of the place as a child and said I would NEVER live in the south–although I had had no interaction with the south before.  I would have never imagined that during a short visit eleven years ago, I would fall in love with this city. Looking back…this life I have today was never part of any life plan or goal that I had but I believe completely that God directed my steps to place me here.

I am starting to believe that its not just about the “life plan” or setting goals, but its about saying “yes” to opportunities that come your way.  In the midst of my “yeses”, God has brought my life around pretty full circle.  (more about this is a blog coming up where I get to share a super FUN thing I’m a part of)  I have learned that life doesn’t necessarily turn out the way you expect, but by walking through open doors and living to the fullest you can experience more than you would ever imagine.

I am so thankful the the past ten years…the year of preparation and the nine in Nashville.  I’m thankful for the ups and downs, for the opportunities, for the mistakes, for the triumphs.  Mostly I’m thankful that God doesn’t forget our deepest desires and has a purpose for each of us that only be fulfilled by that individual.

Have you created a life plan?  Has it been fulfilled?  Have their been steps made towards your goals?

A Year Ago

The past few days have been a crazy bag of emotions for me as I have been reflecting on where life was at this time last year.  I remember getting the call from my dad that he was having to go to the emergency room.  I remember finally talking to a doctor who said I needed to get home as quick as possible.  I remember seeing my dad frail and lying in a hospital bed scared about what was happening.  Most of all, I remember the outpouring of love, support and getting needs met by both friends and strangers.  So many people left a huge impression on the heart of my family and I believed were the catalyst of a change that I never thought would be possible.

I call this time in life an “altar moment”.  In the bible, people would make these stone monuments to remember times where God took care of them.  I’m not going to put a huge stack of rocks in my front yard, but in my heart I NEVER want to forget that time.  I will remember fondly how people came together to be the hands and feet of Jesus to this person that they didn’t know and went above and beyond to show God’s love.

I am so thankful that a year later, I still have my dad.  I am thankful that he knows that he’s been given another chance at life and is living it to the fullest, that he is getting to know Jesus and becoming the person God created him to be.

What are your “altar moments”?