This isn't a typical blog post, but it is something I've been working really hard on. Last month, I posted a picture of my Vision Board for 2020 and got lots of questions and feedback. Obviously vision board-ing is not an original idea, but it was the first time I had ever done it outside of a work setting. I listed (doodled) things that I knew would bring me great satisfaction when they were all checked off a year from now.which birthed a whole new page on my website.
You can check out the page here: Legacy Living
As I tried to piece together all my plans, lessons learned, and future intentions, I realized that it couldn't all be described in one post. The Legacy Living portion of my website is all those things broken down into their own posts.
What you can expect:
1. How it all started>> Our story with President Obama and how it lead us to the great City of Auburn.
2. One minute book reviews>> I love to read. I've always got a book on me. However, I am pretty strictly non-fiction, Jesus, and self-help. Once I read something, I will add it to a list with a quick review.
3. Old stuff from Josh's recovery...like the stuff from our Facebook page we had during our time at Walter Reed that we still keep active today.
4. All things we are doing today: getting baptized together, traveling, living in Auburn, cooking, exercising, and raising opposite children.
My prayer for piecing all of this together is that it will help ya'll organize your thoughts and visions on how to have a great year. I am a firm believer that a rising tide raises all boats. If you can move the needle in just one area, it is amazing what it will do to the other areas.
Last, we need to recognize how much God expects us to grow. Life has too many seasons and too many unexpected turns for us to ever throw it in cruise control. In fact, Satan lives in cruise control. He would love for us all to believe that even if we aren't getting better, we are at least staying the same just "waiting for the right time" or "for things to slow down.". It's here we get engulfed with our jobs, we wander off and get distracted, and lose all discipline. If we strain forward for what God has for us no matter how tired, old, or convinced we cannot change, then we should always fill our years with life-giving, memory-making goals. I stand with Paul when he said:
"What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us." 2 Timothy 1:13-14. If we take what we have and steward it well, would God not give us desires that match His? God's word says we can have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and that the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the grave lives within us (Romans 8:11). If we could live our lives with that kind of intention, then it opens the door for blessing and influence through the discipline it takes to achieve these goals. Taking your family to Disney might seem "extra" until you realize you're teaching your kids how to save and budget for a trip. Writing a book might seem like a hobby until you realize how much it's helping you heal. Trying painting, cooking, unicycling, gardening, or scuba diving may seem silly, until you see that you are still capable of learning new things which will help other people open up to new things too.
At the end of your life, this decade, and this year, think of the things you want to accomplish or experience. Now reverse-engineer those things. If you checked those things off, how would you spend your money or use your time or treat your relationships? Don't let this be a year where you tuck your goals away just to have them haunt you every birthday and new year. If God only gave that vision to you, then no one else can make it happen.