Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Design Your Life Part 1: Why Design

Why are we going to be designing our life. Why is this important for 2018?
Let's start with what we know. We all know that we have 365 days (now 364 days). Those days are categorized into 12 months, and 52 weeks. All in all it's not very much time. We don't have a lot of time so it is so important we are purposeful and intentional with our time. Designing our life allows us to be able to fully embrace what we want. It allows us to accomplish everything on our bucket list. It allows us to reach our potential even when we don't see what that potential is quite yet.
Without a design, a place of reference, a plan, our life can slip away. This leaves us with regrets at the end of the year and we think I could have done so much better.
The holiday season will approach us and we will be left wondering what happened to the year. Take the time now to Design your year and your life so this doesn't happen to you.
 
God is a great example of this.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband recently discussed this idea (where my whole thought process came for this series) during October 2017 general conference.
"Our lives are like a chessboard, and the Lord moves us from one place to another—if we are responsive to spiritual promptings. Looking back, we can see His hand in our lives."
Yes! He also said this about coincidences that happen in our lives. "coincidence is not an appropriate word to describe the workings of an omniscient God. He does not do things by ‘coincidence’ but … by ‘divine design.'"



God designs our lives. So why don't we?
"Significant events unfold in the gospel and in the Church that further the kingdom of God on earth. They are not by accident but by God’s plan."


Our purpose and design for this life is clear to God and it is our job to start figuring that out as best we can.  Let's start by understand what God wants for us out of this life and what we can accomplish.
"What should you be looking for in your own life? What are God’s miracles that remind you that He is close, saying, “I am right here”? Think of those times, some daily, when the Lord has acted in your life—and then acted again. Treasure them as moments the Lord has shown confidence in you and in your choices. But allow Him to make more of you than you can make of yourself on your own. Treasure His involvement. Sometimes we consider changes in our plans as missteps on our journey. Think of them more as first steps to being “on the Lord’s errand.”

 I love this paragraph from this talk so much. Our first discussion topic is to think about these instances in your life when the Lord showed confidence in you and in your choices. I will share an experience tomorrow but it is so important to know and learn that the Lord has already been confident in what you are doing.

The second assignment is to read the talk from Elder Rasband (By Divine Design). I hope to hear some of your thoughts on the topic. I'll post mine on my facebook page!

XO
Caitlin





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