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Rooted: My Life Vision Statement

As a mom with a full minivan, the words that make me cringe during any drive are simply – 

 “Are we there yet?” 

Ugh…

We have two types of van rides in our family. The first requires the local Christian radio station tuned-in (Z88.3) so the boys can belt out their favorite, memorized songs (this is often our routine for most in and around town trips). The boys are singing, I’m grooving mommy-style, while the bewildered drivers next to us are most likely videotaping and laughing I’m sure. However, this mom-approved method keeps my sanity and avoids chaos from the backseat. 

The second ride…the long haul. For those trips that require more than a 1-hour drive, I breakout the trusted portable DVD player. Granted, my boys still do not enjoy headphones and I have every VeggieTales silly song memorized (seriously…I won a silly song competition with Phil Vischer at the Orlando Children’s Pastors Conference in 2012!), but again, this movie mania method keeps my attention where it needs to be – getting to our destination. 

In life, so many side streets, engine failures, cries from the backseat and even our own lack of direction can keep me from arriving at my destination…and I’m talking about the long haul. In the world of ministry, we use vision statements to define where we are going as a church in order to keep those backseat cries from our congregation members to a dull roar…sometimes. (Ouch). 

Churches need vision to measure if they are headed in the direction God wants them to go. Where there is no vision, there is no movement. Where there is no movement there is no growth. When there is no growth there is no root. Where there is no root there is loss. 

No church should be a loss.

No life should be a loss either. 

I spent 9 years in ministry creating vision statements with leadership teams of three different congregations. I spent countless hours in prayer, in meetings, creating flow-charts and trying to figure out the best way to express the vision so that everyone could easily understand where we were going together. 

Yet I never once, not even for a second asked, “Where am I going? Am I here yet?” 

In his book, “Limitless Life” Derwin Gray provides an excellent blueprint to help those, like myself, develop a life vision statement. In fact, for the first time in my life I was able to use words to describe the fire God has lit in my heart. I planted my roots and I can now see where He has me going. The best part is, my life vision can be applied to wherever God sends me vocationally. It can be applied to my family role. It clearly defines where God is calling me in every aspect of my time here on earth. 

This process for me was difficult and I imagine the vision statement itself may change as I grow older as well. But, it’s a start. If you are considering embarking on this long haul life vision adventure, feel free to look at where I landed as an example. It is that – an example of a work in progress and it is indeed unique as I am. I truly believe God has a life vision for you too and a calling as unique as you are to Him. 

As I walked through the process of developing a life vision, I knew I wanted to incorporate my passions with a passage of scripture God has allowed to literally transform my life. 

My life verse:

Bethany, I will make My home in your heart as you trust in Me. Your roots will grow down into My love and keep you strong. And Bethany, you have the power to understand, as all My people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep My love is. May you experience My love, though it is too great to understand fully. Then Bethany you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from Me. (Ephesians 3:17-19 NLT)

My Life Vision Statement:

As His Child, daily I want to experience the fullness of life rooted securely in His love, growing continually through His strength, enabling me to speak and show His power to all He places in my life. 

 

As His Child – I want to be known as one of His children before any other role or title. 

Daily I want to experience the fullness of life – I purposefully and wholeheartedly added the word “daily.” Regardless where I am in this life, whether in peace or in the darkness of a storm, I know what the presence of God looks and feels like and it is indeed a full life. I don’t want to be away from experiencing His Abba touch – a growing relationship that defines my entire life. 

Rooted securely in His love – This came directly from my life verse. His love is everlasting, unconditional and is the source of my life. 

Growing continually through His strength – I never want to stop growing in this relationship with God. Yet, I know getting to know Him better is demonstrated by His strength that allows me to rise through challenges in life. 

Enabling me to speak and show His power – I believe God has gifted me through writing and speaking abilities, yet, it is a testimony to His power completely. I often times find myself going back, reading over blog posts and simply saying, “God, I know You put these words here because my mind is blown away right now reading this! This is You speaking, not me.” I simply want to be a vessel He uses for His glory. 

To all He places in my life – I may be a wife, a mom, a family minister, a neighbor, a coach, a Bible study leader, a writer, a speaker and even a minivan driver…but He has given me these roles for His purpose. He does not make mistakes. Every person I come into contact with is an open door for Him to walk through. 

 

The timing of this process has been incredible as I am starting to work on my first book. Now, as I prepare to write, I look at my life verse and my life vision before typing a single letter. I can’t tell you how freeing it feels to know where I am going in life. 

Friends, do you know where you are going? Are you rooted? Or are you simply spinning in circles in life, lost? As I’m coming full-circle, let me offer one simple piece of advice. God has a call on your life, a purpose so incredible planned in advance just for you. Too many times, we settle for wherever life seems to place us, instead of really taking the time to discover the burning God has set in our hearts. Life is too short to live lost. Allow Him to find you right now, wherever you are and He will never leave your side. He is right there with you, keeping life exciting for the entire van ride…even if it is the long-haul. 

About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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18 comments
Jennifer says June 26, 2014

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Sabrina Ebert says June 26, 2014

Lovely! I enjoyed reading this, so much of wisdom and yes, you can get blown away when you read it again…why? It’s not you but God speaking through you. Your life vision..all for His glory! Blessings!

    Debbie W. Proverbs 31 Ministries OBS Team says June 26, 2014

    Bethany love your vision statement. Like you I always worked on them when I was a working lady, but I have never had one. Got one done this week, but nothing like yours. I’m calling mine a working draft right now – a living, changing one. Thanks for sharing. Rock on with those kids. Debbie W. (Proverbs 31 Ministries OBS Team)

      Bethany says June 26, 2014

      Debbie –
      Love how you said your vision will be a living and changing one! Oh yes mam…we rock well here in our minivan 🙂

    Bethany says June 26, 2014

    Sabrina –
    Love your comments! It’s so humbling to write!

Michele says June 26, 2014

Great blog and love the vision statement!

Polly says June 26, 2014

Thanks Bethany for your inspiring blog. I haven’t written my life vision statement yet. But you definitely inspired me to get started. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

    Bethany says June 26, 2014

    Polly –
    Praying for you as you start this journey! May it be humbling, inspiring, confiding, reassuring and life changing!!

angela says June 26, 2014

love it! you took the words right out of my heart!!!!
Thank you Lord for Beth!!!
This is ONE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!

    Bethany says June 26, 2014

    Angela –
    Your comments leave me speechless (and that says a lot!!). Thanks as always for reading and inspiring me!

Shelly Faust (OBS Team) says June 26, 2014

Bethany, I love this! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

Cheryl Lynn says June 27, 2014

Bethany, I love your life vision statement. Love your blog post. It really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl says June 27, 2014

Bethany, I love your life vision statement. Your blog post really spoke to me. Thanks so much for posting.

Stela - P31 OBS Volunteer says June 27, 2014

Bethany, I loved the image of you driving down the road. Can I tell you a secret? I still do that & all my children are all grown up, lol! Thank you for sharing.

Teresa says June 28, 2014

Bethany-
Have you been reading my journal – Wow! You said perfectly how I have been feeling throughout this study! It has come at the absolute best time in my life. I was ready fro this leading. I am still working on my life vision statement, and you have inspired me to sit and really “marinate” on it this morning. God Bless You dear friend, and I will be praying for you as you pen your book {which by the way is something I long to do in my lifetime too – To the Glory of Our Father}
Teresa

Debby says July 23, 2014

I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! God is truly speaking through you to my heart. Now to craft my vision statement. Thank you for inspiring me.

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