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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The August Challenge: First Question


For the rest of this week we're going to be thinking about ourselves in ten years. In ten years your kids might be teens. Or gone. Or you might have kids. In ten years you might be a grandmother. In ten years you might be working out of the home again. It's good to think about where the next ten years might take you.

With that in mind, first question is:

How do you want to be seen in ten years? Think beyond just one area of your life-- really dig into socially, spiritually, physically, etc.
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10 comments:

Veronica H said...

Hard question - my kids right now are 22 and 19, I am 38!! 10 years, hmmmmm......

Wanda said...

Marybeth...I think this challenge is a wonderful idea and I am looking forward to participating and incorporating this into my quiet time this month. Thank you and God Bless....

Colleen said...

Wow! Ten years into the future - I never project like that! I feel the next ten years will be a very transitional time for me. All of the work which I have been waiting (patiently) on the Lord to help me bring forth, all of my hopes and dreams, and my understanding of my future here on earth will come to fruition during this time.

Is that too much to bank on? I feel I am running out of time.

Great food for thought, MaryBeth. You may just get me journaling again! -- Thank you!!

Zibilee said...

I have actually thought about this before, so I have an answer partially formed already. Great question for today!

spiralwellies said...

This is such great timing! I'm British and I left Britain exactly 10 years ago, to the Netherlands. Our two boys were born there and then last year we moved to Hungary.

There are days when I wonder if we will ever make it back "home". Where will I be in 10 years time? (Even three would be nice to know!!)

And did I say I left my (paid) career back in Britain?? What will I be in 10 years time?? As I push on doors to find out what might be next, two of them slammed shut yesterday. But I now hear God telling me that is because he has already opened the door, I know what it is and I have to stop procrastinating!! I think that might have something about my 10 year horizon!

Anonymous said...

I pray, pray, pray I am not where I am today. God did not put me on this earth to leave me in one spot forever. I don't know what 10 years will bring maybe Christ. Always loving, hoping, and living to serve my God.

amanda said...

This is a great question! In ten years, my three children will be 22, 20 and and twelve. I really hope they will be kingdom minded, even more so than now, loving people and leaving a trail of changed lives for those they come in contact w/. And the same for me ... keep chasing God and looking forward. (now what will I do today to keep the plan in place :)

Bonita said...

It's so funny as I think of this question. I thought the answer would be that I want to be seen as a best-selling author yada, yada, yada. But when I really think about it I hope that in ten years someone is calling me Grandma. I pray that I will have the time and resources to be there for my family, my kids who will be grown, my grandkids, my husband. And I hope that I will have plenty of time to savor life with them. I'm surprised by my own answer in some ways.

Jaymie said...

10 years? I will be 50 and my son will be heading to college. How will I be seen? I hope my husband sees me as someone he wants to spend time with because we will be entering a new phase of life together. I hope my son sees me as a safe place/person to launch from - available to him when he needs me, but giving him space to be the person God made him to be. Beyond that? Who knows!

Ellen Humphries said...

Yes, only God holds the future. I would not have chosen some things I've gone through in the last five years. But God as used them to bring greater spiritual depth, maturity and exclusivity to my relationship with Him.

With that said, 1) in 10 years I want to be seen as a godly wife and mother, physically fit and living a healthy lifestyle, a respected nonfiction writer bringing awareness to the needs of our world, specifically the orphaned, and filled with God's joy.

2) What I want to be known for is wrapped up in Matt. 22:37 "loving the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving my neighbor as myself." Also defending the rights of the needy.

3) For personality in 10 years, I'd like to have more joy and confidence. I often struggle with insecurity, being overly sensitive, and negativity. I would like to live in God's "strength & dignity" Prov. 31:25 and His joy and confidence.

And 4) As far as my family in 10 yrs, I pray that my husband and I will have gotten our two boys through college as they will be 25 & 22 and on their way into a profession that glorifies the Father and is used for His Kingdom. I pray also that in that process we will be completely debt free and will have taught our boys to live the same way giving freely of our time and resources to the Kingdom of God and the needy in our world.

Thanks for the thought-provoking questions! I've been on a journey this summer, asking myself such questions and reading books along these lines, so your questions were good for clarity.