It is always important for us to start well and to try to focus our minds and spirits on our calling. For those seekers who wish to find a worthy New Years Resolution let us ponder:
THE MISSION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST): To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
THE VISION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST): To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8)
THE CONFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST): As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus, is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and we proclaim him as our Lord and Savior.
What if we say those statements and say "My Mission is to be and to share the Good News… My Vision is to be faithful and help grow the church and demonstrate what it means to be part of a true community and to live a deeply spiritual life with a passion for justice. I confess that Jesus is my Savior." Indeed, those are worthy resolutions. Somehow they seem a little grander than losing a few pounds and exercising more.
We have rushed to Bethlehem with shepherds and tuned our hearts to the lovely music of angels and adored the baby boy born to Mary. Now let us sojourn on and live out what his presence in our hearts truly means.
Let us go into a world that longs for more, a world that is aching for Good News and let us be his light into the darkness. Let us be the hands that reach to those who are need, to those who are lonely and to those who are searching. Let us seek Jesus within our own hearts and allow him to be born within us every day. I am deeply thankful that I am graced with the opportunity to share this journey with you as we seek to be people of vision and live our mission.