Monday, July 30, 2007

My Vision

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been thinking heaps about what I want to do with my life. A week or so ago, on a thursday to be exact, I went out for coffee. By myself.

Now although this may sound like the start of a sad story about a guy wh
o was so bored he had to go out for coffee, and then didn't even have enough friends to go out with someone else, BUT, that's not true.

As I was sitting outside in the mildly warm sunshine, overlooking the eyecatching and beautiful Torbay carpark I began to write. I began to write
down the things I am good at, things I love doing, things I get my greatest satisfaction, things that annoy me, and things I would never want to do.



As I wrote these things and contemplated on the frustration of having a "mint chocolate" in a mug which goes cold after 3 minutes, God began to reveal to me more of himself, more of who I am and what makes me tick, and more of the plan He has for my life. I wrote a total of 3 pages of a whole bunch of things that were life changing for my life and direction.

I ended up toning most of what I wrote into one, heart gripping, mind tripping (not on drugs by the way), knucklebone flipping vision for my life. This se
ntence doesn't box my life into one course, one way of living or one way of doing something - that's where God's leadership kicks in - but allows me to direct myself into things and away from things to help accomplish this vision for my life.

"I want to release people into knowing more of God, themselves, and the plan that He has for their lives."

As I realised this, a massive light went on in my heart, my "mint chocolate" suddenly became warm and the carpark became something of a beauty to Torbay. So much of what I have been contemplating in my life, things I'v
e struggled with and deep goings on in my head began to be answered.



I understand that this one sentence may not have that same effect on you as you read this but the point of this post is that God wants to release to you a understanding of why He's placed you on this earth. People who walk around who although may work hard and get paid well, have a fantastic house and kids etc etc who don't have a vision and direction for their lives can be blown by the storms of life easily and lose the reason for doing the things they do.

Be challenged, think about
things you're good at, things you love doing, things you get my greatest satisfaction from, things that annoy you, and things you would never want to do.

Because as one intelligent person one said, "The picture of your destiny is often the thing that will cause you to hold on tight through the hard times."

Decisions Determine Destiny.
If you don't know what your vision is, then your decisions will take you in the wrong direction, eventually taking you to the wrong destination.

Get that vision and direct yourself into things, with God's leadership, so you can do the incredible things that God has destined for you to do.

42 comments:

Jeanette said...

Hey man:) kool blog:)

James said...

"I want to release people into knowing more of God, themselves, and the plan that He has for their lives."
- I love it!

I am totally with you on that vision. I love to see people grow, whenever I feel like I'm a part of someone's growth I feel energised and joyful.
I've been thinking about the topic of God's will recently. Often we think we have to find out what God's will for us is, like a road map of God saying 'do this, then do this, etc' Maybe we should look at it from another angle, what does the bible say about God's will?
It is God's will that people come into relationship with him, That they are healed (from both physical and emotional things), That they know that God wants to use them to fulfill his plan, That God wants to feed the hungry, Empower the weak etc. (I could go on)

I believe that God does call use to specific things, and does have a more specific plan for us. But if we don't feel he has revealed that to us yet, it shouldn't stop us we know what the will of God is through the bible. We can contribute to his will at anytime.

Blessings,

- James

pie said...

So his plan for those born with cystic fibrosis is a specific plan that has gone well? It is fulfilled through a life of pain and misery?

James said...

Hi Pie,

I don't know if you will be visiting again to hear this response, but I wanted to say something in response anyway.

What you raise is a huge issue, we often look at the world through rose colored Christian glasses. We think that because God shares his good a wonderful will for our lives that that will mean we have 'good' lives free from pain and free from suffering. Because most of the people we know in our nation do live lives full of blessing, with very little suffering we think that is what it is like for everyone.

Sadly this is not so. People are dying of hunger in this world, people are battling cancer, people are right at this moment in pain because of cystic fibrosis.

I see two kinds of 'God's will', one is that way we often think of it, God wanting to do something and then using his immeasurable power to make it happen. The second is more like what God would like to see for us, what he will give to us in Heaven, in his Kingdom. It is in that second kind of will is where God would say He doesn't want to see people suffering, he doesn't want to see them in pain, dying of hunger, lonely or depressed.

The Kingdom of God as Jesus describes it is here on earth, but it is not in here in it's fullness. Sometimes we see a glimpse of it's fullness, someone is healed, people are taken from a broken heart to a heart full of love and compassion for others. Other times we are reminded (in the case of someone with cystic fibrosis every day, every hour, perhaps every second) that we live in a broken world.

So what does that mean for us?
1. It means that we shouldn't be disappointed (or at least not abandoned) when God doesn't do what we wish he would. Even when you feel that if he had done it it would be in line with his will.
2. We should remember that often God chooses to action his will through us, as human beings. God loves it when we join his will in feeding the hungry, comforting the broken hearted, etc.
3. God's Plan, is what God wants us to do in spite of our circumstances. If you have cystic fibrosis perhaps God's plan is for you to show love an appreciation for others by praying for them even though you are in pain? That is a very hard thing to do, but boy if is it inspiring to other when you do.

Pie, I'm assuming you know someone who has CF. To you being told that that person should preserve, to choose to follow God despite their circumstances doesn't seem like a good enough answer. I have to agree, I don't know whether I would have the ability to stand strong in my faith in that circumstance. But when I do see someone who has persevered though (or still in) circumstances and yet still proclaims God's glory, I find that more inspiring than God blessing someone, or even healing them.

If we can somehow see our circumstances as opportunity rather than curse no matter how big or small the situation, I believe we will live more fulfilled and joyful lives. If I had CF I hope that I would have the grace to continue to seek God and inspire other to do that things that I was physically limited from doing.

pie said...

So in short the sufferings of this world are to act as a test for the greater reward of the next? Why would a God of love go to such lengths?

How about we change the example to a child born with a terminal disease that takes his life before he develops conscious thought?

Is this a Utilitarian God you envision who created such a being with the goal of creating suffering for those close to it? Perhaps with the goal of testing their faith in this world so as to strengthen their resolve or whatever?

How could this be the action of a just God? I see that you separate the will of God into two categories, but I still fail to see how you could believe in a loving God who has "plans" such as the one above.

Rhys said...

Pie I understand where you're coming from, I'm just wondering, for the length of time you've been asking these questions, which by the way are fair enough, has there ever been an adaquate answer to any of your questions?

I guess what I'm asking is whether there's a possibility you would believe the same thing if some sort of undenying discovery or information was presented to you, or whether you absolutely have your heart set on not ever believing in God no matter what kind of evidence/argument is put forward.

I don't think I would stop seeking to give answers to your questions if you were in the second category, but I'm just interested as to whether you are wanting to believe in God and just have unanswered questions, or whether you ask such questions for the sake of asking them?

JD said...

Howsit Bro,

What a good read! Awesome to hear whats going on in your life... What you been up to?

What you said was spot on! It's so important to have that vision and direction in life. It's something I was challanged with at the begining of the year after chatting to Michael and something I'm still trying to..I guess you could say 'fine tune'.
It's good to hear a bit of what God's doing in your life. Give me a txt next time your preaching (in the North Island preferably lol) and I'll come along.

Im liking your weekly photos..keep them coming! Btw are you going to Switchfoot?

J

pie said...

Weird i posted a reply a few days ago but it still hasn't come up...

um. I can't be bothered typing it out again, but it was basically...

no, i have not encountered an adequate explanation as of yet.

yes, i do ask in order to find an answer, not just for the sake of asking - I am definitely open (more so than i used to be anyway) to answers that are not atheism.

capotheologist said...

Hi there, this is just my point of view here, and I come from a rather po-mo perspective where universalisms tend to fall short of being sufficient. I struggle with being told to get a vision for my life because it is God’s plan, I think it is helpful to have one; however, I don’t think having the notion that ‘having one is essential else your life is wasted’ ought be imposed on other people.

Really though, I find it sad to hear presuppositions being voiced in a holier-than-thou manner in regard to answering questions. Does not the God you believe in ask you to be graceful at all times? Or is it only when it fits in with your vision? I hope these criticisms aren’t hurtful, but I felt shocked when I read what appeared to me to be such blatant hypocrisy. I feel that Pie’s questions here are relevant, as they point out the difficulties of the rigidity of a literalist Pentecostal understanding of God (informed assumption here) where such queries are awkward; and don’t sit well, although they may be tolerated, if they are asked from one professing an acceptable viewpoint.

I accept that the manner of this comment is brash. It is made in response to replies that seems to sit ill with my understanding of a loving God, and is done in the interest of debate. I look forward to hearing more of your understandings.

Clive Smit said...

Great post mate!
Only those who have done what you have done can experience its power.
The trick is to not loose that focus!

grammologist said...

nothing worse than some loose focus, I agree.

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