So we drove to St. Louis late last night to surprise my brother-in-law for his 40th birthday. It was fun to hit the road and spend time talking about our 1 year, 5 year, 10 year (and I think 100 year came up) plan. We’ve learned that making plans is really quite silly, but it is fun to think about what the future might hold. Obviously in 1 year, we hope that the children will be home. It’s so ridiculously fun to imagine what next Christmas will look like (I can promise that traveling will not be involved!). Past that, we really don’t know where we want to be re jobs, school, where we live.
We spent a good portion of the drive talking about our “mission.” We listened to an old Tim Keller sermon entitled Missions. He explained that we are all born to seek a mission. When we are young, we all dream about what we want to be when we grow up, and it usually is a big idea with a big outward purpose (i.e. a fireman to save people; a teacher to help kids, etc.). As we age, we tend to turn our mission inward. We start living only for ourselves. Keller proposes that a self-focused mission will starve out our joy.
We talked a lot about what our mission is and will be on our drive. We don’t have an answer yet, but it certainly got us thinking. It’s a hard question – trying to line up our passions with our talents and with the biblical calling to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19).