At the beginning of this new year our family gathered at Boo’s house and we each made a vision board for the year.
It’s a board that help you stay focus on your goals for the year by constantly reminding you with pictures of your goals and plans.
Most of us used images and quotes along with motivating and encouraging phases.
I had a revelation right after Christmas about living a more meaningful purposeful life in the new year.
A life of action and less talk.
I wrote down my short and long-term goals.
One was spending more time with family and less non-productive time on social media.
Time with family have always been important to me.
When I say meaningful I mean touching other people lives. And when I say purpose life I’m thinking of doing God’s will.
At the end of the last two years I felt like I didn’t accomplish those goals.
So I decided to do something different this year and pray for God to help me.
I realize all changes in my life were by HIS grace and mercy not by my good intentions, works or desires.
I have not because I ask not.
When Kiki asked Nicole and I to come over and join in on the family fun making vision boards we didn’t hesitate.
I knew grace was doing for me what I couldn’t do for myself.
When we arrived our grandson Amarie was full of energy.
His board was laid down on top of newspaper on the living room floor then he would walked around asking everyone did they like it.
It was full of cars.
You show this little boy a car and he can tell you the year, make and model of it!
His father Josh was focused working on his board on the couch saying little to nothing.
I love how Josh used pictures of animals to show how he plan to make and save more money.
Now that’s thinking outside the box.
Nicole and Mylus used their creative and artistic minds on theirs in the dining room that made me want to start mines over after looking at theirs.
Both of their boards were captivating full of color yet easy to follow and understand.
Kiki walked around the house making sure everyone had what they needed like clue, magazines, and scissors all along explaining how her vision boards in the past helped with her acting career.
Boo’s board was more business-oriented with lots of financial goals for his new real estate business he started last year.
He plan to selling more houses to add to the one he already sold within his first year.
That’s not common in the first year of real estate.
Deon, our oldest grandson, kept his simple by emphasizing how helpful he wants to be this year around the house and in high school.
Nothing like hearing him share wanting to be of service to others.
As I glanced around the house a joyful feeling came over me. I thought about how each of us while having fun were practicing humility.
WE CAN’T CHANGE ON OUR OWN POWER AND NEED HELP.
Accepting the fact you need guidance to help with your vision for the year and to help you stay focus are imperative to making changes in life.
I truly believe when people make their New Year Resolutions each year they have good intentions but need help to achieve their goals.
A vision board does just that.
It says I don’t have the power to change myself.
It allows you to see what’s in your HEART and what you truly desire but at the same time giving you a GPS to follow.
Our HEART represents all that motivates us:
Our THOUGHTS, IDEALS, INCLINATIONS, PRIORITIES, CONVICTIONS, DREAMS, WORRIES, AND FEARS.
God reads our HEART and He knows the real intent of it.
Everyday I’m constantly reminded of my plans.
It’s awesome knowing you are working on something that’s important to you and you decided to do for yourself.
It empowers you and give you a feeling of control in your life.
And everyone wants to be in control of their life right?
But often we focus on the wrong things we’re powerless over but still try to control like other people and outcome of our circumstances.
When you’re trying to control everything you’re out of control.
People who does this are spiritual sick and needs a soul Physician.
They try to fix themselves or the situation before seeking help.
If a person is sick he doesn’t say I’m going to the doctor AFTER I get myself well.
No that would be preposterous!
Instead, he takes heed to the signs that something is wrong and admit he can’t fix himself and go see someone who can…
Doctors are for those who are sick not well but they can’t help you if you don’t go to them and admit something is wrong.
Let me ask you this.
What if you heard someone say, “As soon as I stop sinning and clean up my life I’m going to become a Christian.”
Isn’t that just as insane as the man who’s going to see the doctor after he make himself well?
Yet as crazy as it may sound I hear people say it all the time.
I’m going to START working out AFTER I lose 15 pounds,.. I’m going to STOP sleeping with all these women AFTER I get married… I’m going to STOP using drugs AFTER this last hit… I’m going to STOP sinning BEFORE I become a Christian.
I will be one of the first to admit that from time to time I curse but I still go to church and still love the LORD.
So go ahead and call me hypocrite if you like. I’ve been called worse.
Is it something I proud of, no.
But would I be lying if I say I didn’t, YES!
Part of the reason I do is because I’m human but mostly it’s because…
I’M A SINNER!
Later, Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax-collection booth. “Come, be my disciple!” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.
Soon Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests were there. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”
Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think they are already good enough.” (Luke 5:27-32 NLT)
Look people, I’m not confused about who I am but I’m far from being a hypocrite because I never claimed to be perfect or think I have arrived.
Or As Jesus puts it think I’m already good enough.
No I need HIS mercy because…
I KNOW I’M SPIRITUALLY SICK!
I KNOW I’M A SCUM!
I KNOW I’M A SOCIAL OUTCAST!
I KNOW I’M EMOTIONAL CRIPPLED!
I KNOW I’M IN MENTAL BONDAGE!
I know some of you right now are thinking no Vernon you’re a child of God.
And that’s true but it we want genuine change in problems areas of our lives we must first release and confess our heartfelt sins we struggle with to God, another person and ourselves.
That’s why I have a…
PERSONAL COUNSELOR… MARRIAGE COUNSELOR… SPIRITUAL ADVISOR… ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER (MAIN MAN)… ACCOUNTABILITY TEAM…I ATTENT TWO 12 STEPS GROUPS…I HAVE A SPONSOR… A GRAND SPONSOR…I DO STEP WORK…I GO TO BIBLE STUDY…I PRAY OFTEN…I JOURNAL …
Why I do all this?
AGAIN BECAUSE I’M A SICK SINNER!
How about you are you good enough?
Are you a good person who believes the way to be accepted by God is to try sincerely to live a good life?
Are you one of those who goes to church, teach Sunday school, or sing in the choir but like those religious hypocrites of Jesus’ day still lack a real relationship with God or yourself?
Being authentic not religious is what Jesus is looking for.
But Jesus just didn’t come to call sinners. He also came to help them to turn away from their sins.
There’s a reason He wants sinners and in my next post we’re going to discuss why He wants us and not just good people with good intensions.
My vision board was focus on my social and spiritual life. Because I might can clean up my outward behavior but I can’t clean up my HEART.
You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will become clean, too. (Matthew 23:26 NLT)
If I was to die and stand before God and He asked me, “Why should I let you into heaven?”
What would I say?