The Next 40 Years

10406466_10152429430000988_8307911024714687069_nHave you ever come to a place in your life and you took a moment to reflect on where you used to be, where you are now, and how God has been with you all along?

It is moments like these that we can either choose to ignore or we can learn much from them.

Learning helps you to grow.

It has been a little over three months since I turned 40. I have done a lot of thinking in that amount of time.

The first 40 years were not something I like to talk about. There are many places in my life where I would like to push the Do-Over button. Those places that we don’t like to visit, talk about, or remember have a way of teaching us. They help us to see the stubbornness or immaturity that we had and how much we have grown to get to where we are now.

I have a vision for the next 40 years. I know that by God’s grace, if I live to be 80, my life will be drastically different than the first 40 years. I don’t have a complete roadmap because God has already designed my path and I do not have all the directions. However, there are things that I can intentionally do to grow and become more like Jesus. The more I become like Christ, the more God will give me the directions for the roadmap.

The vision that I have for my life includes my wife, my boys, and FaithPoint.

Here is what I want my life to look like for the next 40 years:

  • I want to live out and obey Scripture and teach others to do the same.
  • I want to be a man of faith.
  • I want to be an example of what it looks like to be bold, and confident in Jesus.
  • I want to be exactly who Jesus has called me to be and live fully in that calling.
  • I want to be more of a godly husband and godly dad.
  • I want to pour my life out for the good of others.
  • I want to share the gospel with more people than I will ever possibly remember.
  • I want my house, my stuff and my life to be used to further the advancement of the gospel.
  • In addition to the Bible, I want to read more books than I watch television or movies.
  • I want my words to point people to Jesus; whether that is through speaking or writing.
  • I want to be tough when I need to be tough and gentle when I need to be gentle.
  • I want to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in my life.
  • I want to be focused, determined, disciplined and make better decisions.
  • I want to be the leader that God has called me to be and not the poor imitation of someone else.

This journey that we are on for the year of 2015 is going to be the catalyst to help me change. I believe that God is going to work in my life and my family and FaithPoint in ways that are going to blow our minds and we are going to better followers of Jesus because of it.

God doesn’t just want to change me. He wants to change you too. He wants to give you a vision for your life and He wants you to step fully into the calling that He has given you. He chose you to do a work that only you can do. He created this work and chose you to accomplish before the beginning of time. If you don’t know what that calling is, be patient and faithful. I believe that God will reveal that to you when you start becoming more obedient to what the Bible says.

This is going to be a journey that we never forget.

 

1 comments
jbledsoejr
jbledsoejr

Good stuff, Jimmy!  I especially like the last bullet point. Thanks for sharing.