I have tried many times to write goals, both short term and long term goals. I’ve taken time management classes, done spiritual and vocational evaluations to try and determine what God’s plan is for my life. What I should be doing.
Somehow they always seem to fall short. Either I stop paying attention to them or they just don’t seem to ring true. I find myself still searching, wondering when I’ll land on the thing that works, that feels right. When I will feel significant and like I know why I’m here.
In this weeks chapter entitled “from purposeless to purposeful” in Derwin Gray’s book Limitless Life, Derwyn talks about writing a life vision statement. He talks about vocation- what you do for a living, and the fact that out career actually does not define who we are. Our purpose in life is to let God love us. Period. And let that transform us from the inside out. He spoke of developing a life vision statement. We were asked 5 questions:
How do you want to be seen in 10 years?
What do you want to be known for in 10 years?
What do you want your family to be like?
What makes your heart sing?
Who in your life will tell you the truth about yourself?
On the Proverbs31 online Bible study blog Nicki suggested we then go back and highlight words in our answers that stand out to us. And after I did that, my purpose, what makes me heart sing, what I long for, became suddenly clear, and it was easier for me to then write my overall life vision. These questions enabled me to look more at who I want to be, not what I want to accomplish. Here is the life vision statement I came up with, thinking I would probably tweek it many times before I was happy with it.
To shine God’s light in the world by showing compassion, love and mercy
to family, friends, co-workers and strangers.
But you know, the more I read it, the more I’m in tune with what it says. That is my hearts desire. The way I accomplish this can look a thousand different ways, but it comes down to this concept. Be Jesus to others.
How about you? What is your life vision statement? Would you share it with me here?