Like Father, Like Son
As a father, of a teenage son my role as leader carries over into the home more now than ever before. Leadership demands only seem to grow in life, but I have found that I must learn to live intentionally if I want to invest in my family as much as I do my career.
That probably sounds obvious, but if we use time as a measuring tool than it becomes apparent that although I give leading at home a considerable effort there is probably more that is required of me. I want to bring up the next generation in a way that honors God and His remarkable love of family.
I believe that the teenage years can be some of the best, most productive years of a person’s life. I hate seeing any young adult trade what is endless life potential for high scores on video games. (Gee, I sound like my dad.)
This is why I took the suggestion of Michael Hyatt and created my personal life plan. I believe that there is a difference between having a purpose and living that purpose out on a daily basis. My intention is honorable, but my execution often comes up short. Time always seems to get me in the end. That is if I am not deliberate about cultivating the soil that God has placed in my path.
Creating a personal life plan has given me the ability to focus on what I believe is most valuable to God in my life and consequentially what’s most important to me. It has given me the freedom to pursue my dreams and desires while accomplishing His purposes for me in this life. I have often said, and it remains true that when God’s will collides with my hearts desires it becomes a beautiful collision.
That’s the kind of intentionality I want to pursue in life. I want to leave a legacy and participate in the story that my life is writing on planet earth. I desire to honor God with my life more than anything. (And that’s when a thought popped into my mind)
The revelation struck me that, as a home educator and father of a teenage son, I want this for him.
We have been talking about what a life plan is and why its necessary. He has seen the fruit of my personal life plan in action and now understands the significance of such a lofty discipleship endeavor.
Over the next year, we have agreed to walk closely together and design and develop a personal life plan for him, as well. I have asked, and he has given me permission to go into the places of the heart and help to nurture his dreams and desires. All with the stated purpose of allowing him, right now at age 13 to learn to live his life with purpose and intent. My job is to help him to identify and pursue his dreams and desires while pursuing God and the things that matter most in life.
We also agreed to share our journey together in the hope that you also may be inspired. If not towards life planning, then towards being intentional about cultivating a strong and rich family life with God. Don’t get me wrong there will be a Mario Cart competition thrown in for good measure. We will also get outside and pursue life together. Don’t enable the planning part of my intentionality scare you off. It’s a tool that can be used to unite us and give us a shared platform to live this life together. Now, before it’s too late.
For us, the first step in the process was to get together and “figuratively” plan my son’s funeral. It was harder than I ever expected.
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- TODAY’S LEADERSHIP MANTRA: Life plan. (martingysler.com)
- Unstuck Is Your iPad Toolkit for Curing Indecisiveness, Tiredness, Lack of Motivation, and Other Life Issues [Life Planning] (lifehacker.com)