We look at our lives through the fierce urgency of NOW. Choose to look forward.
Rather than asking: What did my church look like last Sunday?
Instead: What are we becoming?
In Geometry the most basic notion is a point—a location, right here, right now. More interesting is a ray—a point with a boundless path. We tend to see churches, and ourselves, as points—right here, right now. God sees your church, and you, as a ray with a boundless path—God knows you and loves you right where you are . . . and has better plans for you than you dare to dream. God has a boundless path for you and for your church. The Apostle Paul tells us the God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Americans overestimate what can improve in one year . . . and underestimate what can happen over five years. The progress of one year is interesting and important. What gets me more excited is to picture my church over the next five years. God’s progress among us over the past year is just a taste of the future where his plans are for “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”
Think about business plans you have participated in, personal goals you have set, or plans at your church. What makes them succeed, or not? What’s an example of a time frame that has helped, or hindered, in achieving a goal? Comment about it…