The Challenge:
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My favorite quote of all time is Alan Kay: ‘In order to predict the future, you have to invent it.’ I am all about inventing the future. Decide what you want the future to be and make it happen. Because you can. Write about your future now.

My response:
Well I feel like I have been talking about this a lot lately, but maybe that’s the point of these exercises to take us past talking and thinking and into creating and doing. My future is in ministry. Because of this I know it has got to be led by God. For this reason, I know I have to hold on to the plan loosely and onto God tightly. In my ideal future, I am traveling all over the world. I’m going to churches to encourage believers to use their gifts to serve others by using my art and speaking gifts to serve them. I’m helping churches to utilize their people, create new ministries and to abandon their “warm body” positions. These being the ones that they force themselves to continue even though no one really has the gifting or passion to sustain them. I have a home base church where I teach and preach, but I also have sufficient excellent leaders to sow into and allow me to do the other things to which I am called. This home church will also serve as testing ground and leadership development. I am also doing “performance painting shows” using the gift to tell stories, share truth. I’m using the internet to resource arts ministries with the resources I create and resourcing and encouraging other believers to use their gifts, thus expanding the reach. I’m able to afford to live and care well for my family and have resources to sow into start and fund churches and ministries and care for the poor. In the ideal world my family will be able to travel with me and minister with me. That’s the future to which I look forward and I pray it becomes a reality. But I’m not just praying, I’m working toward it now.

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