I first heard the concept of reverse engineering about 15 years ago. A preacher was delivering a conference breakout session. He talked about where we want our life to be 25 years from now. Everyone in the room agreed that they wanted a healthy marriage. We all wanted Godly children who love the Lord and us. We all wanted long and fruitful ministries. Then he asked the big question, “What are you doing right now that will help you achieve these goals?”
It is one thing to ask, “Where do you want to go?” It is quite another to ask, “What are you doing to get there?”
Preacher Andy Stanley calls it “The Principle of the Path.” Basically, he says your life will only end up at the destination which you are walking toward. You will not end up at a location that is different from the direction your steps are taking you.
The application is two-fold.
1. Where Do You Want to Go
What are your dreams for your personal life? What are your hopes for your marriage? What do you hope your children become? What do you want to do when you retire? What kind of grandparent do you want to be? What do you want to be remembered for when you are gone?
2. What Are You Doing Right Now to Get There Later
If you want to know your Bible better, reading Facebook will not get you there?
If you want a better marriage, are you spending time with your spouse?
If you want Godly children, what steps are you taking to instill faith in them?
If you want to retire and use your time to serve others, are you developing your gifts now?
If you want to be a grandparent who is viewed as a spiritual leader, then are you leading anything?
If you want to be remembered as a person who loved God and others, what are you doing that would give people that impression of you?
Most people I know are caught up in the immediate needs of life. They are running here and there trying to make everyone happy. Then one day they set alone in the twilight of their lives wondering how they got there.
A great life is built on the daily decisions that lead us down a particular path. What are you doing today that will make you proud of your life one day?