June 21, 2018
Member of WPC's Vision Team
Here we are. It is June 2018 and we are in the final stretch of the visioning process. This vision will lead us and guide our church for the next five years. I wanted to take a step back and rethink this whole process. Not for the church, but as something that we all should do individually. We should all create our own God sized dreams. It is something that can help us fulfill our lives and bring out our greatest potential. Let’s take a look and remind ourselves what appreciative inquiry is and use that to find our own God sized dreams.
Appreciative inquiry is a change management approach that focuses on identifying what is working well, analyzing why it is working well and then doing more of it. We have done this for the church, but I want to urge you to take a minute and ask yourself a couple of questions. What are you good at? What do you love doing? What are you passionate about? What makes you happy? Where is God pulling you? During this exciting time at our church, I feel that it is important for everyone to take a step back and remind themselves of their own passions in life. If we all just go through the motions every day, how is that going to make a positive impact in this crazy world we live in? Now I’m not saying we should all quit our jobs and be irresponsible. I’m saying we should all find that moment in every day that we get to express our passions and live them out. This could be at church, home, the grocery store, or even the workplace. Once we determine what our passions are, I believe it is important to write them down to form your own God sized dreams. From there you can set your own benchmarks for yourself along the way. This will help set objectives along your journey to help you complete your own God sized dreams.
I know thinking about the future and setting goals can be a challenging thing that takes time and a lot of effort. Let prayer and God lead you to where you are meant to be. He has given you the gifts to be great. Maybe your first step is to get involved at church. We have so many organizations and groups that would love you to share your gift. Remember it is always better to aim high and miss than it is to aim low and hit.