What’s the Point?
When was the last time you questioned your existence? What’s the point? You wake up every morning, get ready, head to work and do a lot of random tasks with no end, go home to be with your family or maybe alone, maybe hang out with some friends, then you go to bed and do it all over again. At the end of the day everyone has asked themselves what they’re here for. Everyone has wondered if what they’re doing even matters. Everyone has wondered if there’s something more. Well the fact is, there is something more. But it’s up to you and it’s up to me if we live as if there’s something more or not.
Jason and I got to visit “home” this past weekend. And by home I mean where my family is from and still is – Lynchburg, VA – where Jason and I got married and started our lives together. While there we got to visit Brentwood Church, also our “home”. Pastor Jon Dupin always has a great way with words. He has a way of drawing you into his message no matter what it’s about and inspiring you to go deeper and live better lives that will in turn “go and change the world.” They were finishing up a series called “Us” – all about the vision of Brentwood Church and their core values. It got me thinking the next morning: What about you and me? Healthy churches have clear visions and will revisit them periodically to make sure what they’re doing has purpose and is within that vision. But what’s stopping us from doing that in our own lives?
There’s no better place to go than back to the Source. Jesus Himself had a clear vision when He stepped down into this world. He didn’t just come because He was bored or to stir things up a bit. Everyone that calls himself a Christ follower should know that. Jesus came to Redeem. Jesus said so Himself while talking with Zaccheus: “And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9-10, NASB, emphasis added). And who could forget probably the most popular verse from all Scripture and the verse that follows: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17, NASB, emphasis added).
Here’s the thing. Vision isn’t something you can buy off the shelf or catch like a cold. Vision is something that your life revolves around. There are probably only a handful of leaders that people remember as being “men of vision”. But what is stopping you and me from being men and women of vision in our homes, in our ministries, and in the world? It’s going to take determination but it defines you. Maybe your vision is more similar to Christ’s. You can’t literally save anyone like He does but your passion and vision is to seek out those who are lost and guide them to their Savior. Maybe your vision is more about creating environments where people feel welcome and accepted. Or maybe your vision is centered on taking believers and helping them delve deeper into Scripture and living it out. That’s between you and God, but what would the world look like if more parents and more leaders started living with a purpose backed by a vision? What would it be like if, from the time you woke up in the morning to the time you lay your head down at night, your life and every little thing you did had a specific purpose?
I’ll be honest with you, this is something I have been trying to wrestle with myself. My life now looks very different from a year ago. Then I was engaged to be married and working a full-time job at Liberty University. Now I am a full-time wife. Jason and I got married and moved to Lewisburg, PA for full-time ministry. I just now got a job – stocking shelves at a crafts store at 5 in the morning. And we still don’t have permanent housing. We left our families and long-time friends behind. Trust me, it’s difficult when your life changes completely. I have asked myself and asked God many times in the past 4 months if what I’m doing is worth-while or if I’m coming even close to utilizing my potential. Don’t get me wrong, I love our ministry and being able to focus my time and attention on simply being a wife. It’s just different. I, too, am in need of a vision for this new stage of life and there will always be kinks to work out. My vision is a work in progress. I am confident, though, that the more time I spend engaging in Scripture and spending time with my Lord that the vision for my life will continue to get stronger and more defined with time.
Believe you me, once you find that vision God has for you everything will fall into place. Every act throughout your day will have a purpose behind it, no matter how small. Our families will be closer. Our ministries will be stronger. Our lives will be clearer.
Posted on September 21, 2011, in Leadership and tagged Christianity, Church, Church Ministry, Family Ministry, Leadership, Pastor, Point, Religion, Student Ministry, Youth Ministry, Youth Pastor, Youth Work. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.