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Future Plans
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Main Point of Discussion: Help your family members (your child or children, in particular) make the necessary decisions to allow the future God intends for them.

Discussion Starter:
Hand out the “Where I Want to Be in the Future” sheets. (You can simply copy and paste the below text into a one-page Word document.) Ask your family members to fill them out and keep their answers to themselves.


Where I Want to Be in the Future

    Where I Want to Be in 5 Years

    Age:
    Where you live (with parents, rent apt. with friends, own house, etc.):
    Marital status:
    Occupation/student:
    Income:
    My biggest accomplishment:
    What will my life be like:


    Where I Want to Be in 10 Years
    Age:
    Where you live (with parents, rent apt. with friends, own house, etc.):
    Marital status:
    Occupation/student:
    Income:
    My biggest accomplishment:
    What will my life be like:


    Where I Want to Be in 20 Years
    Age:
    Where you live (with parents, rent apt. with friends, own house, etc.):
    Marital status:
    Occupation/student:
    Income:
    My biggest accomplishment:
    What will my life be like:

Three Simple Questions:
    Q: Can you share where you want to be in 5 years, in 10 years, in 20 years?

    Q: What was the hardest item for you to predict (5, 10, or 20 years in the future)?

    Q: Is the future getting better or worse? Why?

Where to Take It from Here:

Wherever it feels natural. If these questions lead to a longer discussion on the topic, wonderful! (There’s a guide just after this paragraph that helps you do just that.) If your kids are barely uttering grunts, don’t get discouraged—the next time it feels right, keep engaging them.

For Deeper Discussion: (If your kids seem into diving in deeper, the following discussion guide can help take you there.)

CLICK HERE if you want to look at a quick training article on small groups and drawing questions out of young people—you may find much of the information applicable as you go through this subject with your family members.

Transitional Statement:

Everyone wants a great future, filled with loads of wonderful things like love, happiness, family, friends, and more. No one wants a future that totally stinks. Sadly though, we know there are people who will have a terrible future in the years to come because of the decisions they make today.


More Discussion Questions:

  1. HAVE ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ANSWER: As we begin, tell everyone whether or not you’ve seen one of the movies from the Back to the Future trilogy.

  2. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: Did any of your predictions make you think about the decisions you make today? (Parent—this is a key question! Perhaps your family members want to accomplish something in two months; but to get it done, they’ll need to work really hard now, etc.)

  3. Read the following passage from the Bible:

      Psalm 37:35-40
      35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, 36 but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found. 37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. 38 But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off. 39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. 40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

  4. ASK ONE FAMILY MEMBER: Even though it sounds like “the wicked person” has everything he wants to begin with, what eventually happens to him?

  5. ASK ONE FAMILY MEMBER: In verse 37, what does the Bible say are two qualities of a person who will have a peaceful future? (Parent—answer you’re looking for: blameless and upright)

  6. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: Do your decisions help you live a blameless and upright life, or not?

  7. HAVE ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ANSWER: What good decisions will you have to make in order to have a better upcoming year?

Wrap Up:
Most of you shared which decisions you need to make in order to have a better future. Some of you decided, “I’m going to study more, so I will make better grades.” Some of you decided, “I will eat healthier, so I will feel better from now on.” Some of you even decided, “I am going to grow closer to God, so I will have a better future.”

The decisions you make about your relationship with God are the most important decisions you make in life! Not only do you need to make these decisions as soon as possible, you also need to make these decisions correctly. Maybe you are a Christian, but your decisions do not show it. You need to begin making the right decisions, and living accordingly, so your future will be blessed by God.


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