Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Where are you headed?

“ All the days ordained for me were written in God’s book before one of them came to be”
Psalm 139:16

Approaching life without a plan is like building a house without a blueprint. Window placement could be haphazard; it could have five bedrooms but no bathroom. Without a plan, your life will also be discombobulated-you may be unclear about goals, anxious about decisions, and stressed about where you are headed. On the other hand, a well-designed life goes hand in hand with the simplicity you seek. To attain this, you must first create a plan-called a mission statement- to help you pinpoint and pursue God’s best design for you. With a mission statement, you feel less scattered, more focused. Activities and commitments work smoothly together, goals flow toward a common purpose, and you discover the smooth running life of simplicity.

After a diving incident in 1967, one teenager discovered that being a quadriplegic helped her formulate a plan for her life. At first desperate for healin, Joni Eareckson Tada now calls the accident a “ severe mercy” and, in 1979, founded JAF Ministries (Joni and Friends. She and her team reach out to the disabled community and have shared God’s love with 600 million people worldwide.. Everything Joni does as an author, speaker, and artist flows from her mission to tell others about God. It guides her day in and, helping her to live a simpler, more focused life.

A mission statement is a sentence or two that describes your purpose. Today, ask God yo help you discover your own mission. Consider how he might use your gifts and talents, dreams and passions. Think big, remembering that a mission statement is an overarching intent that encompasses all of life. It’s bigger than roles (such as being a mother or business owner) and bigger than goals (going back to college or traveling). Once you establish your plan, your mission, you’ll discover that your life’s aims, activities and commitments all beautifully harmonize. Stress and fear that thrive in uncertainty melt away as you pursue God’s best for you.

This is a proactive step toward simplicity as, no longer thwarted by indecision, you are guided steadily on the pathway God desires for you.

One final thought:

A mission statement promotes the simpler life, allowing you to leave behind uncertainty and pursue God’s true purpose for your life.

Jeremiah 29 :11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Source : Simple living for Women (God's guide to enjoying what matters most)

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