WARNING: This is a fairly long post. And my apologies to anyone who received multiple notices, I kept accidentally posting, prematurely.
It is a continuation of an earlier post, Mission Statement. In that post, as well as this one, I am attempting to set a direction for my life. The problem is that as of May this year, my family goals (at least of having one), my education goals and my career goals had been met. So, the question is, where do I go from here. There are obvious responsibilities that come with my present position in life, such as leading my family and performing on the job, but much more generally, “what is my life to accomplish and what does God have as a plan for my life and my family’s future?”
To start with I am developing a mission statement or a vision statement for my life over then next ten years. My goals will all be directly stemming from that vision. Here was the first draft as of the last posting on this topic:
I live my life in fellowship with Christ to draw others to him and to minister to those around me. I am a husband, a father, and a mathematician. My life is lived to serve others with the gifts that God has given me.
Since my goal is not brevity but completeness, I would like to expand it. Let me identify the necessary components of the vision statement at this point:
- My relationship with God
- His priority over all else.
- My dedication to follow his plan for my life and fully confessing that I believe he has a plan for me
- Everything in my mission statement is done out of my devotion to Him.
- My involvement in the development of my own faith as well as the faith of others, both in evangelism and discipleship.
- Church fellowship and worship.
- My role as a husband to honor my wife and lead my family, spiritually.
- My role as a father to raise my children to love the Lord and follow his commands.
- My role as an educator, both to pass on lessons in mathematics but also to live a role model for integrating faith in daily life and to minister to students needs beyond the classroom.
- My role as a mathematics researcher, to further the development of my own intellect through the development of areas in Applied Mathematics, such as finite elements, curve fitting and stochastic modeling.
- Enjoyment of the life God has given me, through my hobbies and research and just playing with my family.
Now, consider the following edits:
Above all else, I live my life in fellowship with Christ. I know that God has a plan for my life and I seek to follow that plan. I live to draw others to him, to aid in the development of the faith of my brothers and sisters in Christ through a New Testament Church, and to minister to those around me
. I am a as a husband, a father, an educator, and a mathematician. My life is lived to serve others with the gifts that God has given me.
- As a husband, I will honor my wife and lead my family, spiritually.
- As a father, I will raise my children to love the Lord and follow his commands.
- As an educator, I will teach mathematics with passion, live as a role model for integrating faith in daily life and minister to students’ needs beyond the classroom
- As a mathematician, I will further the development of my own intellect through the development of areas in Applied Mathematics, such as finite elements, curve fitting and stochastic modeling.
When it does not conflict with the above responsibilities, I will enjoy life through playtime.
I’ll chew on that for a while, but it looks pretty good to me. I am doing this publicly because I hope that anyone that reads this will feel free to point out things that might seem a bit out of place or anything I might have left out. I also recommend this as a good practice for anyone who is wondering what God’s will is. It is to develop an idea of what God’s vision is for your life. Answer the questions, “When you boil it all down to the bare essentials, who are you in God’s eyes?” And realize that is much more specific than we might first expect, after all, he knit us together in our mother’s womb, with a specific design in mind.
It might seem that for me to develop these plans is like the fool who built larger barns to house all his grain and then the next day his life was demanded from him. I view it much more in line with the servant who was given some of the master’s money (talents) and when the master returned, there was an accounting of what the servant had done with the master’s possessions. I am attempting to be a good steward of those talents and I hope that by laying out this vision, and ultimately the goals that follow, I may be found faithful when it is all said and done.
I’m done preaching, now. Sorry for seeming to get on my soapbox, but I am really preaching at myself so I’ll remember all this later on.