(part of Insert #3 - Monthly Insert for your Conversation Log)
PiVAT What If – is a tool to consider a new season of life; either Summer, Vacation, New Semester, etc.
PiVAT What If - can also be used to track “Plan versus Actual” this week. What did God tell you to do this week, and what did you actually do? This will tell you two things:
A) How well am I hearing what He wants me to do for the coming week, and
B) How well am I obeying what He told me, at the times He told me to do it?
Use PiVAT What If every time you are approaching a new season of life, or a change in your normal schedule. Whether you are starting a new job, or a new semester, going on vacation, or summer vacation, or any upcoming week which is not your normal schedule.
How to fill out PIVAT What If?
If you are going on vacation – what might faithfulness look like this coming vacation week? And what does the week prior to vacation need to look like. Often preparing for vacation requires additional tasks to prepare for the trip, and also making sure you have delegated your key responsibilities to others to cover for you until you return. Then your vacation can be a true vacation, restful, knowing that you have completed everything God told you to complete beforehand, and knowing exactly what He is telling you to do when you get back. Until then: rest.
If you are beginning a new semester, what would your class schedule look like? What would be the best class times to select? When would your study blocks be per day, and what hours are left for college athletics, working a part time job, or internship hours, as well as down time.
If you are considering a new job, what hours would it require, including travel time? And when would your highest priorities of God and family be assigned in a typical week’s schedule?
Ask God to show you what faithfulness would look like for an upcoming ‘unusual week’ or in a potential or pending ‘new season’ of life. It’s perfectly fine to look at a couple different options of what a typical week might look like in this new season. Pray through them, give them to the LORD, ask Him to guide you specifically. He will.
Luke 14:28-30 - Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you. They would say, 'There's the person who started that building and couldn't afford to finish it!'
Counting the cost of any new schedule or change in responsibilities is best done in advance. Be diligent to seek the LORD for His way, not yours. His plans for you are best, you don’t want to waste time on anything else.
Be sure that whatever you undertake is His specific will for you. And make sure that the time required to do something different than you are doing now, can be done within the higher priorities that God has for your life.
Proverbs 16:3 - Roll your works upon the LORD. Commit and trust them totally to him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to his will and so shall your plans be established and succeed - AMP