The Importance of Mission/Vision
I have a confession: I am not much of a baker. To me, the process is intimidating. I try to do it periodically, but I always wind up getting stressed out. Baking for me is too precise. It requires a lot of *specific* ingredients that need to be done in a *specific* way. However, I always try to be *that girl* who bakes….and enjoys it...sometimes that works.
It got me thinking about how the precision of it parallels what Pastor Don talked about this past week.
When we have a vision for something we know the end result and what we want that to look like. Somewhat like a cake and how that process goes. Stick with me here...I think it may eventually make sense.
When I think of a baked cake and how it relates to vision, I think of the ingredients and their origins. If I were to plan to bake and serve a three layer chocolate cake, I would start with flour, eggs and milk amongst other things. To ensure I have these ingredients, I have to go to the store. Prior to that, however, the flour, eggs and milk have various points of production that I have nothing to do with, but without them, my cake would not exist.
A lot goes into the prep work for me to be able to bake a cake! A lot of it has nothing to do with me, but my family benefits from me baking this cake (if I do it right).
The same can be discussed with mission/vision. We know what we want the end result to look like and we do the work surrounding it, but we do rely on others to do what is necessary to get the expected end result. In ways, we work with the farmers that provide as well as the truck drivers who deliver and the store staff who make it available.
When we are on mission together for a vision (in our case, loving God and one another in order to serve the world), we rely on each other to do our part. The Bible talks about how we all have gifts that are necessary for the forward-movement of the kingdom, but they are all different. While we are endeavoring in this season to begin reaching in bigger and better ways, begin to think about how you fit into the process of “baking the cake”. Whether you are the baker or the farmer; the truck driver or the store manager, you are bringing a vital part into the mission. WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS….TOGETHER!