As I thrust the door to 40 open, I am compelled to write a personal vision statement for the next 40 years.
I will endeavor to make the next 40 years the most productive years of my life. I will do that by resting more and working less. I will trust God more and control life less. I will not be so hard on myself or compare myself with others. I will be quick to give and receive forgiveness. I will forgive myself when I fall and get back up without punishing myself. I will live ‘not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of God.’
In the next 40 years I will empower my children and grandchildren to fulfill their destinies in the Kingdom of God. I will teach them to love God and to love people, in that order. I will teach them that sometimes they will lose friends, family, money and social standing to keep those two things in order. I will teach them that the next life is the one that they should be living for and not this earthly one. They will bring more than a ‘revival’ to their respective generations; they will bring about a ‘reformation’. They will be tools in the hand of the Almighty to bring heaven to earth.
In the next 40 years I will press in toward my husband in body, mind, soul and spirit in an effort to be ONE with him. I will do my best to not let our age define our relationship or our intimacy.
In the next 40 years I will grow a business that will be a light to my community. I will climb the ladder of wisdom and success. And when the ladder I am climbing has a man-made glass ceiling – I will simply get a new ladder and continue to climb.
In the next 40 years I will use the gifts and tools that God has given me to set people free from their past. I will labor to help men and women reach their full potential here on earth. I will see people saved, healed and delivered. I will see families restored. And I will see the loaves and the fishes multiply (and while we’re at it – some chocolate too!). I will do the works that Jesus did and even greater works. (hmmm…maybe even raise the dead!)
In the next 40 years I will press in toward the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit with ALL that I am. I want to know Christ--to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death and then experiencing the resurrection life that follows. I will emulate my Savior and let the Father,who lives in me, do his work through me. I will stand when I see injustice. I will speak when my Father says speak. I will use my right to free speech to boldly speak the truth of God in love. Even if that sometimes makes me hated, I will remember that the world hated Jesus first and He lived a perfect life. I will not be afraid to stand for God’s truth even in the face of jail, financial loss, or a demotion in social stature. I will use all of my resources, my time,treasure and talent to change the culture in which we live. I will declare beauty and freedom to this wonderful nation.
And I WILL rest/work every day of the next 40 years to hear at the end of my life “Well done beautiful daughter – you didn’t waste a single drop of life. Now let’s REALLY have some fun!”