Vision vs. busyness

One thing I keep getting reminded of is the importance of living with vision.

It’s so easy in this day and age to get so busy with so many things … sometimes to the neglect of what’s most important.

Have you ever stopped to identify your personal “mission statement”? Something that clearly outlines what you’re striving for in life?  Without this mission statement (and a plan to implement it) there can be a tendency to simply float along in life and wonder if we’re accomplishing anything of lasting value.

What is the high, over-arching goal that motivates you — the goal you’re working towards which, at the end of your life, if you were faithful to that vision you’d feel you really accomplished what God wanted you to?

As a Christian, a primary goal we have is to keep the fires of love burning brightly in our relationship with Jesus not only for our own sake, but that others may also realize that God truly exists.  People are much more open to truths they see lived rather than ones they only hear about.  Jesus says, “Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” (John 20:21) So clearly one of our goals is to take steps that contribute to the reality of God’s love and joy being birthed in the hearts and lives of others (Mk. 16:15) — as others are helped to discover the reality of a personal relationship with Jesus.  (Proverbs 11:30)

There may be multiple important goals in our lives, but the important thing is — 1) Have we identified these goals and 2) Are we implementing a plan to ensure these goals are receiving the time and attention they deserve?

Are we acting on what God has already revealed as His will through His Word — and have we taken time to hear from God for any specifics — to get His personalized plan and counsel as how to best use the time He’s entrusted us with?

‘Only one life, ’twill soon be past.  Only what’s birthed in God’s love will last.’

No matter what your personal method is for finding out what’s most important to you — it’s definitely a good thing to make time to do.  There’s nothing that results in that hollow, empty feeling more than simply letting the days role by without taking steps to meet our higher goals in life.

And, as you may guess, I can highly recommend asking God for His guidance on the matter; the One who created us definitely knows us best — even better than we know ourselves.  He can speak fresh words of guidance straight to our heart whenever we stop to listen, as well as when we specifically take time to study the vast wealth of wisdom in His Word (The Bible) as well.

Have you ever stripped your soul bare and laid it before the Creator of all things? It’s amazing what He can create when we give Him EVERYTHING to work with rather than just a part. He has a key to unlock every door, but they only unlock the doors He has for us to walk through . . . let’s not waste time with those other doors.

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

May God bless you as you clearly identify and chart a plan of progress to reach your life goals!

May He be able to say to us in that day, Well done, good and faithful servant.You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:21)