I have been pondering some things this past year and have been feeling really provoked in the way I live my life. Most of my work in YWAM has been based off one year commitments or a 'just go with the flow' mentality, even limiting my work to the amount of time I have left with whatever visa I currently possess. During a leaders meeting, we were prompted with the scenario that we'd be leading in whichever area we currently are for the next five years and with that we were asked to come up with a goal statement for that area of ministry, for me it is the School of Innovative Youth Ministry. I was blown away with two things- 1) that I even got a goal statement b/c I honestly wasn't really taking the activity very seriously and 2) the impossibility of the goal God gave me to work towards.
This is the part that has been really stirring me because regardless of our actual time commitment to various things, if the visions and goals we have in our lives are only based off a one year view or commitment, how effective are we actually going to be? Is there room and expectation for growth or will there constantly be a feeling/need to simply maintain and manage. I believe we can all attest that time often passes by us so quickly, that before we know it the day is done, the week has passed, or a new year has begun. If my work mentality and view is only for this day, week, or year, what am I really sowing in to, lasting vision or continuation??? Probably not.
Let's think about this: If I know I have a meeting the following day, I don't wait until the meeting has begun to think about what needs to be covered, that is not very effective especially if I expect certain outcomes from this meeting and expect the people involved to contribute in some way...
I want to be better at having a long term vision for things, to set goals, and to know that the work I am putting my thoughts, hands, energy, and effort into is actually worth it. If we have long term perspective, vision, and goals it in some ways alleviates the pressure we put on ourselves in fulfilling simple tasks and we gain a greater perspective of the overall vision. Having a perspective with the overall vision in mind is what keeps us motivated to continue pressing on with perseverance.