For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” Jeremiah 29:11, NIV
During the first two months of 2018, I taught a Vision Board workshop to women at my church. During that time, we explored how we prefer to serve, why we want to serve, and whom we want to serve. I summarized each of the sessions in the following posts:
- Finding Your Passion for Service
- What Are Your Gifts? Passion For Service Pt 2
- Who and How to Serve: Finding Your Passion for Service Pt 3
- Why We Serve: Finding Your Passion For Service Pt 4
- Influence and Relationships: Finding Your Passion For Service Pt 5
- Improving Someone’s Life: Passion for Service Pt 6
- Miracles in the Making: Finding Your Passion for Service Pt 7
Wednesday night was the last night, and we finished creating our vision boards. As I’d reminded these wonderful women each week, the best way to create a vision board is to pull images that spoke to them, whether they understood why or not. Even though I teach this process, I’m still amazed at how well this approach helps someone recognize their passions.
In last week’s post, I shared an older vision board of mine:
My Mission Statement at the time of the above board’s creation was:
To inspire, motivate, and encourage women in their search
for personal acceptance and development.
This blog grew out of that mission, and I have focused many of my posts on my personal story of overcoming barriers and traumatic events in my life. Although this remains a passion of mine, recent changes in my and my husband’s lives have drawn me toward a new focus in service. Although it’s a work in progress, my current Mission Statement states:
To open communication, touch lives, and create close relationships that
support grandparents as they meet the challenge of raising their grandchildren.
This is my new vision board:
The process of creating a Mission Statement and Vision Board helps us create something that points us in the right direction when asked to serve. Does it fit our Mission? Should we say yes or no? I’m the kind of person who always wants to say yes, but realistically I can’t. I serve God best when I stop and listen to the Spirit’s guidance. My new mission resonates with the verses in Jeremiah 28 and 29 where God instructs the Israelites to grow where they are (in Babylon captivity). In this blog, I’ve already begun sharing the experience of raising grandchildren. How will I expand in this area? Where it will take me, I don’t know, but I’ll be sure to share here.
This workshop series was a great journey for me, and several of the women who participated found new purposes in their Christian service. Two wonderful ladies gave me permission to share their finished boards here.
As you can see, they took very different approaches in creating their boards. Throughout this workshop, I encouraged everyone to follow where the Spirit led them, and I’m thrilled and humbled to have shared this journey with so many amazing women.
Have you followed this process through these posts? I would love to hear what you learned about yourself!
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