An amazing thing has started in our family. I am happy to report I was the source of it. Does that sound prideful? Well, maybe but when something I did starts to make an impression on people in my circle I get pretty excited.
A few months ago, I read a blog by one of the pastors I work with at Victory Church. Pastor Ryan Latham has a blog that I enjoy reading. He and his amazing family are truly an inspiration to me. When I think about marriages that are true and solid and lived totally for Christ, theirs is one that comes to mind. They truly are a great example of a Godly marriage and family. Back to the blog that is the inspiration for the transformation in my family. He wrote a blog about his Bucket List. Now I know that probably brings to mind the movie with the same title and truthfully I have never been a big fan of bucket lists. They seem sort of morbid to me. However, when I read Ryan’s blog post, I was struck at how much more it sounded like a vision list to me. This is something that I am very fond of. Well, after reading his post I was inspired to write my own vision list.
In our breakfast nook at home we have a GIANT post it note pad that my husband and I use for diagraming book chapters and scheduling ideas for marriage conferences, this, I thought would be the perfect thing to write my vision list on. After all, it was big enough, and what isn’t cool about a giant post it note. After much thought I began. Ryan inspired me to dream big. So I started with the books I want to write, followed by seeing some family members come to know Christ, and then added a pretty large donation I would like to make to help my son’s new church. There are several other things on the list but you get the idea. After completing the list I thought about moving it to the bedroom but truthfully, I forgot to. Then I began to notice that as people would come to the house they would gravitate to the walls with all the paper stuck on them. My vision list was a favorite place for many people to pause. You could see the wheels turning as they stopped and thought. Many made comments and some even said they were going to make their own. I liked this a lot.
The first person to come around to the idea of a vision list was our daughter’s amazing boyfriend Matthew Myers. As you can tell by the picture, he is adorable and I am so glad he is part of our family. Truthfully, Matthew started his vision list because, well, I made him. Currently it has only one thing on it, but hey it’s a start. The next people to get on the vision list train are our son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Brianna. They are the community pastors for Faith Church in Hinton, Oklahoma. I just received a picture of their vision list. So excited!!!!!!!!
So now, what is on your vision list. What big things do you want to do or where would you like to go? What would you like to see happen in your family and your marriage? With the end of 2013 here, now is a great time to spend some time making your vision list for 2014. Habakkuk 2:2 says:
2 And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
So whether you call it a “bucket list” or a “vision list,” take some time and do one today. You will be amazed how when you see it on paper, it quickly becomes reality in your life.