"L'shanah tovah tikatevi v'taihatemi!" which means in Hebrew, "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!" That's my final new year's greeting to you for 2011.
I can hardly believe this is the last day of January. Time moves along so quickly.
Later this week I'll post my reading list for February but today I thought I'd post something a little more personal I've been crafting this month. It's a work in progress, just like me. A personal manifesto of sorts.
In corporate-speak, I guess you'd say I'm writing a personal mission statement. But it's not done yet - not in final, finished, ready-to-stamp-on-a plaque-and-hang-by-my-desk form. Nonetheless, I'll go ahead and show it to you. Right now its more a series of statements of what I'm prayerfully looking for.
I want to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude, of groundedness, of enough, even while I long for the something more Christ promises.
I want to live deeply, from my head and my heart. Deep in my family and my faith. Rooted and growing.
I want to dwell vibrantly as a Christ follower in my community. As well as vibrantly in the privacy of my home and the solitude of my prayer closet.
I want to walk the earth and feel I’m an organic part of it. Not just a worker, producing for the Gross Domestic Product. Not just a consumer, buying and acquiring. Not just a Nielsen rating, waiting to be digitally entertained. But a bearer of the image – the goodness, peace and joy – of God.
I want to remember I am a hand-made part of God’s green Earth. A beating, breathing piece of humanity made from dust, carbon, water and the very breath of God. I want to remember that each person I encounter is as well, and be to them a tangible representation of a soul walking in tandem with Christ at the intersection of body and spirit.
I carry His creative impulse, and I want to nurture that under His influence for His glory and my joy.
I want to cultivate a pure heart that is still enough, humble enough, and thankful enough to see God.
I want to grow flowers and cook dinner parties and read novels beneath a chenille throw. And I want to enter the homes of the poor, take the hand of the oppressed, and spread the miraculous blood of Jesus.
I want to raise my children to the status of grown in a way that makes them frequently long to come home.
What I’m after is a happy productive life that honors God. And I want to relish the collection of moments that will make it up. Moments that slip so quickly through the hour glass, never to be recouped, only forgotten or remembered with fondness or regrets.
I know I’m going to have to act, feel, decide and pray my way into a life like this each day – for it won’t just come. But it is possible, because the kingdom of God is here. And He dwells within me as my wellspring of life.
That's the rough draft. Maybe none of it resonates with you, that's okay. But it's welling up in me.
Do you have a personal mission statement? If so, I'd love to read it.
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