Having a Plan

When I was younger I was always told “the older you get, the faster time goes.”  

Now older, I find few things in life to be as true as that statement.

I have come to realize that my greatest gift in life is time. 

Every second we have on this earth is an unearned gift!  King David plums directly to the heart of this reality in his words in Psalm 39:

Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

Psalm 39:4-7

Time is fleeting, and in essence we have two options for how we use the time we are given:

  1. We can place our hope in this world and its trappings.
    or 
  2. We can place our hope in the Creator of this world. 

At the end of the day, misplaced hope leads to emptiness while properly placed hope leads to purpose. 


Something I fear most is being held accountable for all of my wasted time. We are busy people, yet in many ways we are “busy” with our own foolishness. I wonder how much of my life I have lived unintentionally.

John Maxwell addressed the idea of living with intention.

An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.

John C Maxwell

I love his quote because it is built on one major underlying assumption—we have a mission of significance.  

Many lives are spent with little purpose because there is no clear vision and mission to guide our direction. Often, this the case for families as well.  

A few years ago Neely and I were challenged to consider what the vision, mission and core values for our family actually are. We realized that, sadly, we had been married for over fifteen years and had five children, yet never once had really considered such a thing.

The Langhals Family

At that time, we had the opportunity to walk through Scott Beebe’s Family on Purpose.  

Through a simple yet meaningful process, our family worked together to create our vision, mission and core values.  Doing this has been transformative in giving purpose to our time, budget and lifestyle. 


Scott and his wife Ashley, an HHCA Online Mentor, are offering Family on Purpose to HHCA families for $35. You can give your family a legacy that provides a core sense of stability and purpose: the gift of having a collective vision. Learn more about the course HERE and use the code HHCALIFE at checkout.


As we move into 2021, there are a million things that we cannot control.  However, one thing I can say with certainty is that each minute is a gift from God. 

Although so many external factors in life are out of our control, we can determine if we will live with purpose. 

In the upcoming weeks, HHCA’s Life+ will offer practical tools to help all of us as individuals and as families as we consider how to live with purpose.  

This year, my prayer is that each family at HHCA will not see obstacles, but instead opportunities, in the time that God has given each of us. 

May we all live life with a plan!

Doug Langhals
Doug Langhals,
Head of School

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