Every week I have a personal “to-do” that pops up on Mondays, my day off: “Do some visioning.” It’s a reminder to me to not lose sight of where I want to go in life and what I want for this church. I admit, there are some Mondays that I don’t get to it. But it’s a reminder. I sit down and think about who I want to be, as a person and as a minister, and then I try to set some goals around getting there. It’s not easy to do. We often fall short of our vision for ourselves. But it’s also something that we rarely make time for. There seems to be always something that gets in our way – work, family, distractions like the internet or TV. That’s why I have a reminder. They make sure I get around to it.
This month we are exploring the topic of “vision” in worship. What is your vision? For yourself? Your church? Your country? I invite you this month to try out a reminder: sit down and make some realistic, small, short term goals toward reaching that vision and see what you can do to make them happen. Sometimes that act alone can help us overcome our inertia to make some wonderful changes in our lives for the better.
Here’s my vision for our church: A place where Love reigns in the hearts, minds and hands of every one of us. I hold this in my heart each time I preach and interact with people. What’s your vision?