The book of Proverbs in the Old Testament declares: ”Without a vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).
If you do not have a vision, a goal, a plan for your life, you are destined to perish in mediocrity, disappointment and lack of a sense of fulfilment. This is true whether it is a question of an individual or a community. St Philip’s has its own vision statement: and my community, Lift Jesus Higher has for their vision: ”To lift Jesus higher in Ottawa and in Canada.”
What vision do you have for your life, brothers and sisters? Do you even have one?
It may surprise you to know, brothers and sisters, that God has a vision, a purpose, for your life and he wants to communicate it to you, if you are willing to listen out for it. In the prophet Jeremiah, we read: ”I know my plans for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to lead you into a future full of hope. When you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13). This is primarily a promise to a people, the nation of Israel, but it also applies to each and every one of us.
When God created us, he already had formed his purposes for us. In St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we read that “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him, and to live before him in love, destining us to be adopted as his children through Christ” (Ephesians 1:4-5). That is what God wants for each one of us, to have us live with him for all eternity in love and peace and joy. … Read more...