I recently watched the documentary, Monumental, and Kirk Cameron stated that the pilgrims had a 500 year plan.  I think I am looking ahead when I do my yearly goals!   They were not just thinking about themselves and what they could get, they thought generational.  They had a dream about starting something so great that would be a blessing for generations to come, and not just to get them some quick relief and prosperity. They wanted freedom to pursue a life they felt God called them to live.  A huge number of them died and they all suffered unimaginable difficulties, but they were committed to what they felt was a just cause.  I am glad that they did, because we have all reaped the benefits of their unselfish life.  I look back at what they did and realize if I had to do it now with others, it looks impossible and the country would not be here now.  Their failures put them in jail; cost them their lives and possessions.  We are ready to quit after a little hiccup, but they tried again and again until they succeeded. Their failure eliminated the wrong way to do things.  They did not give up when things were bad, really bad.  They obviously didn’t adhere to the idea that the government will handle it!  As a nation that has had, is having and will have tough times, we need to plan and work for a future that will be a blessing to us and others, instead a quick fix.  We were started by people who took responsibility for their own lives and obeyed God and stuck to what they believed.  We wait for a candidate to improve the economy instead of getting control of our finances and living on a budget.  We don’t step out in faith and start a business or pursue work that stirs our hearts and fulfills our calling because we think it’s safer if you stick to a “secure job.”  During this economy we have found out that your only safety is in your ability to produce.  You have to leave the shore to find a new land when the old place is unbearable!  If we want things to change we are going to have to do hard things, sacrifice and invest for the future, and not just our future.  What do you want America to look like in 200 years? We have the ability to shape what our country looks like. A boat load of determined people shaped what our beginning looked like.  The best time to plant an oak tree for shade was 50 years ago. The next best time to plant one is today!   We may not get any shade from that tree but our children’s children might.  I hope your great grandchildren have a wonderful country to live in.  I also hope you wish the same for mine.  How about let’s leave them with the same blessing we have had, a wonderful country where they are free to pursue what God has called them to do on earth.  We will have to sacrifice but they will reap a great blessing.   Just a few proverbs for wisdom;

“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”
Proverbs 21:20
 “The plan of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to
poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

“Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

“A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” Proverbs 13:22

“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalms 20:4


I will be doing a free budgeting class, Checkbook checkup on October 6th.  Let me know if you are interested.


Let me know if I can help!

Tim West

Go West Coaching

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Comment by Tim West-Go West Coaching on September 25, 2012 at 7:23pm

Deborah You are right we are a blip on the screen. We get so caught up in the here and now and that's all we can see.  I enjoy life more when I am always not on my mind! Thanks for reading.

Comment by Tim West-Go West Coaching on September 25, 2012 at 7:20pm

Thanks Jen!  I do think we can change things if we dont quit! 

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on September 25, 2012 at 12:06am

A very powerful insight indeed Tim. If all of us think that way we would not be experiencing such difficulties today. But I think if we act on it right now we can still change make things happen. 

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Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on September 24, 2012 at 3:15pm

Tim, I love thinking about a 500 year plan. Since our earthly lives are just a blip on the eternal screen, looking at how our decisions will affect those behind us makes perfect sense.

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