I’ll start with a little questionnaire so you can self-evaluate and decide if you could benefit from creating a weekly vision.
Which sounds more like you?
- Organized // energetic and ready to take on the week // consistently on fire for the Gospel // spiritually disciplined // encouraged // intentionally pouring into the people in your life // great at planning
- Not quite that // Trying to get through life without screwing up too much
Personally, I fall into the second category when I try to wing it. If you’re like me, read on!
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” The last time you heard that was probably from one of your high school teachers lecturing the class about the paper that everyone failed. It’s true, though, and it goes for living out your faith, too.
The devil loves to keep us busy, yet ineffective: not getting much done, living for ourselves, just trying to get through life without majorly screwing up. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m 125% sure that we were made for more.
Jesus had some things to say on the topic of preparedness.
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.” – Matthew 24:42-43
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.” – Luke 12:35-38
“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36
So did Paul:
“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.” – Romans 13:11
Jesus is coming, and the hour is sooner now than when we first believed. Are we ready?
Here’s a practical way to get organized, be prepared, and intentionally live for Jesus.
Creating a Weekly Vision
First, decide a time to prepare for your week. For me, Sundays typically make the most sense. I usually feel pretty filled up from church, I’ve (hopefully) had a chance to rest during the weekend, and the week is about to start.
Once that’s settled, you’ve made a cup of coffee*, and you’ve printed the weekly vision template (link is at the end of the post!), you’re ready to start.
*I’ve found that drinking some caffeine before I start this process helps me get a lot more hyped for it.
I’ve laid out the steps to creating a weekly vision using the acronym “PREPARED.” I know acronyms are cheesy, but I’m confident that this one will be helpful to you.
P- Pray. Ask God to bless your time together, fill you with His spirit and establish the work of your hands (Psalm 90:17). Hint: It’s a good idea to pray through every step in this process.
R- Rest. I’ve found that thinking about all of the things I’ll have to do next week typically gets me discouraged and somewhat anxious. Take some time and just rest in God’s presence. Spend some time with Him without any ulterior motives. Just seek His heart and His presence.
E- Evaluate. Think about the week that has just passed. Think about what worked, what didn’t, what you could have done differently. Ask God for His opinion on all of these. Ask Him how you can do better this week.
P- Priorities. Think about and write down your top 3 priorities for the week. These are the things that are of the most importance. Try to keep it to 3 or less. It’s a good idea at this point to stop and ask God what His priorities are for the week ahead too.
A- Activities. Start writing down (or filling in, if you’re using the printable) any activities that you plan or want to do during the week. These can be fun activities, hobbies, obligations, etc. You have a little more space for these because it’s sort of a to-do list for each day.
R- Relationships. Write down how you will foster your relationships with friends, family, and the community each day.
E- Engage/Evangelize. Write down how you will share the love of God each day.
D- Disciplines. How will you practice spiritual disciplines each day? This is not meant to be legalistic, but as believers there are certain things God asks us to do consistently because relationships are a two-way street. They also help us grow in our faith. These include prayer, Bible study, scripture memorization, worshiping, serving, learning, fasting, or anything else that grows you in Christlikeness.
You don’t necessarily need to write something in every space, so don’t be overwhelmed. Whatever God asks of you is enough.
I can promise you that if you do this each week and stick to what you write down, it will help you become simultaneously more organized and more effective for the Kingdom.
Until next time,