He could not see, but he knew what he would be...what did he have though he didn't?
...vision! Goals are what drive us all to do what we do. The apostle Paul had one: "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" Phil 3:14, and it was this goal that caused him to serve and teach others while giving up personal freedoms and enduring persecutions. Last night was the final class on the fruit of the spirit in marriage, and in class we discussed the benefits of creating a vision for our marriage, a vision for our families and/or a vision for ourselves and how we could create this vision through a family mission statement.
Mr. Maxson states that, "A personal or a family mission statement gives you a map, a compass, and a rudder. Like a map, it lets you know where you want to go. Like a compass, it gives you a sense of where due north is. Like a rudder, it gives you a sense of control over where your life is heading." Basically, we make a statement that defines who we want to be and how we want to relate to God and our neighbors, and even though we may not always be the person in our statement, we have a tool to help us get back on course to being that person.
The process of developing this statement involves brainstorming about various considerations (principles that govern our behavior, how will we serve others, our ultimate goal, etc.), and summarizing these ideas into a general "statement of purpose." One example from Stephen Covey's book, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families," is:
To love each other... To help each other... To believe in each other... To wisely use our time, talents, and resources to bless others... To worship together... Forever.
Mr. Poe and I are still working on our current "Family Mission Statement," and I think that if the Lord blesses us with children, we will have them help us write a revised version so that the kids have a sense of ownership in it. Do you have a personal or family mission statement? If not, my second challenge for you is to develop one. Are you up for it?