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January 1, 2013

Vision and Purpose

by LDI Global Missions

Chances are that at the end of your life you will die in bed, waiting. “People are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment” (Heb 9:27). Imagine you there, lying in bed (above) and reflecting. Reading back through the chapters of you life story.

What did my life add up to?

Did I really matter?

What did I live for?

What legacy did I leave?

Who will remember me?

What will they say about me when I’m gone?

So many questions. So much time. Will you lie there with no regrets? Some regrets? Nothing but regrets? Imagine.

You’re the Author: Plan Your Epitaph

The thing  most important to me was…

People say I stood for…

I made a difference in my world by…

People knew I loved them because…

You say, “I don’t want to think about that now. Today’s just not the time!”  You could just wait. You’ll probably have time to think about it when you get into that bed. Wait. See what comes. Millions do.

Don’t wait until the final pages of your life’s story to see how it reads to you then! Write the story. Determine your destiny lest destiny determines you!

The decisions you are making today are actually making the bed you will lie in while you wait to die…For the most part, people just stumble half-heartedly through life hoping tomorrow will be better than today. No plan. No dream. Mostly just existing. Hoping for a break. They just keep turning the pages of their life story, one after another, until they get to the final chapter. And then…it’s time for bed.

─Craig Groeschel,

Everyone ends up somewhere. But few people end up somewhere on purpose. Do you know where you are going? Anyone can discover meaningful life direction. Everyone can end up somewhere on purpose!

Everyone has purpose. Everyone has talent (giftings). Everyone has a dream.

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little. When we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord.              ─Sir Francis Drake

The Bible makes it clear that we were designed from the start to live for a unique reason – for a personal mission.

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.                                                      ─Psalm139:13-16 NIV

I know the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.                                                            Isaiah 46:10 NIV

Before you were born God knew you and what He wanted your life to be. He uniquely created you to fulfill His Divine directive. He invites us to seek Him in order to learn what His perfect plan is for our lives. With that plan and purpose in mind we can work together (God and I) to reach His and our greatest dreams….. read more.

by Galen Thompson

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