BIG PICTURE: PART TWO
I set out, with the help of my coach, to create a Strategic Plan for my life. Just the way big companies do. They have a plan for several years ahead, and they plan their budget and work around that plan.
I am grateful for what my coach is helping me to do. Using the example of a tree, my coach helps me find out what my roots are, what the stem is, and what the branches are.
The best thing to do, I have been advised, is to be rooted in God’s word, and to have as the stem, the core passion of my life and excellence. And then to pour all I can into this stem.
For from the stem come the branches, the talents, gifts, and special abilities that help to bring out the message of the stem in a clearer and more elaborate way.
Sometimes the stem is weak; perhaps the roots haven’t been watered enough. Maybe there’s been a drought, or a famine. Maybe there’s been a movement, and the one was left behind, preoccupied in some tragedy or other.
But this, in my church, is the year of restoration. And restoration in full it shall be, and with an excess, an overflow. So as I continue to learn from my coach, to fashion my life around my stem, I look forward to the fruits from my branches matching with the sap of my stem, fed from the roots of my tree.
And so at the end of the day, I must watch my roots, the core of my life, for from it flows every thing else.
Proverbs 4:23: Guard your heart, for from it flow the wellsprings of life.