I John/Jane Doe claim Jeremiah 29:11-14a (NIV) as my promise from God: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD.”
I choose to make God s word my final authority over culture, tradition, reason or emotion (choose one). I believe that God wants the next ten years of my life to be the best and most spiritually productive ten years of my life.
Therefore, though I give God the right to change all my plans, I eagerly expect the following:
Ten years from now I will be more Christ-like in my love for God, the Word, and other people. I will have developed a deeper heart for worship, a greater love for those in my church family, and a more Christ-like compassion for the poor. My longing to know Christ (Phil. 3) will deepen and my fascination for the world will lessen.
Ten years from now I will have figured out how I best connect with God and my friendship with him will be more intimate.
Ten years from now there will be ten more people going to Heaven because God moved my heart to reach out to them. My children will be among that number. This will happen because of my decision to listen to the Spirit each time he prompts me to share my faith and to set a Christ-like example.
Ten years from now, I will have served the poor and help make disciples each year whether in El Salvador, or in Africa, or at Casa Hogar, or in an LA or Valley community service capacity, or somewhere else in the world.
Ten years from now I will have adopted a child or help fund or support someone else s adoption.
Ten years from now I will enjoy my spouse’s company more than any point in our marriage.
Ten years from now my kids/grandkids and I will be better friends then than we are now.
Ten years from now, I will have fond thoughts of all memories my family and I have made together in our home and as a family.
Ten years from now I will have a more intimate connection with my close friends than I do now. Also, my circle of close friends will be larger as my heart for people and God will have grown significantly.
Ten years from now I will look back with gratitude because I supported and provided for my family.
Ten years from now I will be working in the industry that matches my shape.
Ten years from now I will have advanced as far as possible in my company/job because I did my best in order to honor God (Colossians 3:23-24).
Ten years from now I will have paid off all my debt and have been using that money I used to spend paying it down to fund God s work in the third world and in needy areas each year.
Ten years from now I will have maintained or lessened my lifestyle so that I could give more each year to the church and to those in need.
Ten years from now I will have been working on an overall financial plan for saving, investing, building a college fund, and planning for retirement etc.
Ten years from now will have memorized sections of the Bible because I devoted myself to memorizing a new verse each month.
Ten years from now I will have become skilled in an interest I’ve always had.
Ten year from now my general knowledge of the world will have greatly expanded due to having read five to ten new books a year and having learned 50 new words a year.
Ten years from now I will have gained an undergraduate, masters, or doctorate degree.
Ten years from now I will have become fluent in Spanish or maybe Mandarin.
Ten years from now I will be in the best possible shape due to changing my diet and exercise habits. The support group I am currently a part of will help me get there. Maintaining and improving my health will allow me to be able to be a spiritual example, give more to others, and be there for my children. Though I know aging is inevitable, I will strive to age gracefully. If stuck by an infirmity or disease, I will do the best I can with what I’ve got.
Ten years from now I will be more emotionally mature and less tossed about by life’s circumstances. I will have eagerly sought appropriate types of counseling to help me figure out why I do what I do and who I am. Though I will never have arrived I will have grown up and not just grown old. My trust in God will have grown and those who know me will have seen “my progress” (1 Tim 4:16). This will build their faith and glorify God.