from Doug Philips at Vision Forum…
Beall and I have just completed two weeks of intense planning, praying, and preparation for 2008. And it’s not over. January is not only a season of fresh beginnings, but it is the time we have dedicated as a family for strategic spiritual planning. My own father was the inspiration behind this annual practice. Dad would always remind me, “If you don’t know where you are going, any train will get you there.” His point was this: Every great endeavor requires a clear mission directive.And so it is with the family vision for a new year. Fathers must lead their households, and they must have a plan for how they will lead. Wise plans are built on the foundations of biblical resolves rooted in the timeless truths of Scripture. That is why I am especially grateful for the wisdom of the great American Puritan Cotton Mather. More than three hundred years ago he penned “A Father’s Resolutions.” The pearls Mather offers have been a source of immeasurable encouragement to me, and I want to share them with you today.As you read Mather, consider: When 2008 comes to an end, how will you gauge your efforts as a father in shepherding your families? Did you begin the year with thoughtful strategic planning, with a real course of action including godly, attainable objectives, or did you just hop on the first train headed for anywhere? Wise fatherhood requires bold spiritual resolutions before the Lord, backed up by tangible action. May the Lord equip us to honor and serve Him as fathers! — Doug Phillips
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