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One of My Major Struggles is This...

One thing I constantly struggle with as a Christian creative, and now entrepreneur, is this:
I let the "Mission" take the place of the "Vision".

What the heck does that mean?

It means that I started this whole thing to follow where God was leading me, trusting that He will provide opportunities, and meet the needs of my family as I go. He is in charge, He is guiding, and He will provide.
That is the "Vision".

The "Mission" has to do with all the things I need to do.
Writing, coaching, marketing, accomplishment, setting goals, meeting people etc...
There is a constant fight between all the things I "need" to do and continuing to spend intentional time seeking God for a renewed connection with Him and trusting His "Vision".

I am sure none of you struggle with any of that 😂.

Dallas Willard in his book, The Great Omission, says it the best I have ever heard:
"What, then, is the general pattern? Intense devotion to God by the individual or group brings substantial outward success. Outward success brings a sense of accomplishment and a sense of responsibility for what has been achieved...The sense of accomplishment and responsibility reorients vision away from God to what we are doing and are to do...The mission increasingly becomes the vision. It becomes what we are focused upon. The mission and ministry are what we spend our thoughts, feelings, and strength upon. Goals occupy the place of the vision of God in the inward life, and we find ourselves caught up in a visionless pursuit of various goals. Grinding it out.

This is the point at which service to Christ replaces love for Christ. The inward reality of love for God, and absorption in what He is doing, is no longer the center of the life, and may even become despised, or at least is disregarded. “No time for that” becomes the governing attitude, no matter what we may say."

I know this happens to everyone reading this as well.
Any creative or entrepreneur out there will struggle with this.
It is inevitable.
But, when we name it and acknowledge it, we can navigate it.

Today, choose to spend some intentional time WITH God in spite of all the things you think you need to do FOR God.

If you want some help learning how to do that more intentionally, I am teaching a February Journaling Course where I will teach you how to build the habit of journaling into your life. This course will teach you how to slow down, how to listen, and how to respond to the vision God has for you.

I hope you have an incredible day!