Disdain for the Mundane?

“Living God’s vision may be the single-most important thing you can do. But sometimes you must clean the bathroom.”

Does God’s vision for your life include only exciting, glamorous fun and adventure?  Highly doubtful.

In fact, God’s vision for your life is likely to include its share of boring, mundane, difficult, worrisome, and exhausting tasks.  Each of these tasks hones your skill-set, develops your character, makes you trust more in the Almighty God.

Some of us thought our life’s calling would just fall into our laps one day without our having to watch, listen, pray, search, read, and reflect.  But then we realized it only happens that way to some people.  And it happens less and less frequently now because of life’s noise and distractions – TV, radio, internet (my beloved twitter feed), junk mail, work, and worry.

So we had to be intentional about discovering the vision.  That’s why we bought and went through the Personal Vision Workbook.  Or took a seminar.

And now that we’ve received the calling, we are tempted to think it will just manifest itself in our lives without our involvement.  “Thank you God for showing me the vision!  Now… when does it happen to me?”

The truth is, God’s vision isn’t something that happens to you.  It’s something you live every day.  Something you work at.  Something you hone through practice and repetition.  Something you must obey.

Even when it is difficult, exhausting, boring, mundane.

That’s why it’s important to have an accountability partner or coach.

Joseph’s Prison Internship

Joseph in PrisonWhen he was a young man, Joseph received a message from God through a pair of dreams.  In the dreams, Joseph understood that he was to become a great man (chosen by God to rule) and that his family would come and bow down before him. (Genesis 37:5-11)

What a blessing to know that God has a plan for your life!

But Joseph’s hopes were quickly dashed. His brothers threw him into a pit. They sold him as a slave to Midianites who then sold him to Potiphar. Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him and had him thrown into prison. It was bad.

In fact, Joseph waited thirteen years before he saw ANY evidence of God’s leading.  And he waited another nine years before God actually fulfilled the dream – and his family came and bowed down before him.

All along the way, Joseph had a choice to trust in God’s vision or become a victim.  He chose to trust – he constantly sought to bless others and remain faithful to God.

God taught Joseph management skills as Potiphar’s steward.  God helped Joseph meet Pharaoh’s cupbearer in prison.  God honed and revealed Joseph’s skills as an interpreter of visions and dreams.  Every step of the way, God was preparing Joseph to become the man he needed to be for “the saving of many lives.

Moses Interned on Sinai

Mount_Sinai_EgyptI think it’s interesting that during his 40-year exile from Egypt, Moses was looking after sheep on Sinai.

During his exile “wilderness” experience, he probably had no idea that he was learning geography and survival skills that he would later need.  He probably had no idea that Jethro would become a strong leadership mentor or that his “biding time” shepherding skills would someday come in handy as he led God’s people to freedom.

Have you ever been “in exile” or had a “wilderness” experience?  Is it possible God was just giving you the skills you’d need later?

Press Release | Personal Vision Workbook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Discover God’s Plan for Your Life

New devotional workbook helps people discover their unique calling.

Shakopee, Minnesota – September 15, 2011 – Pastor Jay Perry has recently published the Personal Vision Workbook, along with a student edition, to help people discover God’s unique calling and mission for their lives.

In the summer of 2010, Perry took a temporary leave of absence from pastoral work to care for his mother, who is dying of cancer. He helped his mother move across the country so she could be closer to her children and grandchildren. He currently works from home so that he can be available when she needs him.

“I decided to publish the Personal Vision Workbook because I’ve been going through a lot of life transitions and stress recently.  I returned to this process to help me understand where I’m supposed to be headed,” said Perry.  “I figured a lot of others might be in the same position, with current economic uncertainties.  It’s a good time to reinvent yourself – or let God reinvent you.”

Perry originally introduced the Personal Vision Workbook to his congregation at the Cornerstone Adventist Church in Wichita, Kan.  Over the past five years, he has led several groups through the personal vision discovery process.

The student edition of the Personal Vision Workbook addresses the unique needs of high school and college students who are trying to figure out what plans God has for their future.

These books are appropriate for personal devotionals, a church-wide discipleship program, Sabbath school class, small group, community workshop, youth group, week of prayer, academy or college religion class.

The Personal Vision Workbook (ISBN 1466301473) and Personal Vision Workbook – Student Edition (ISBN 1466319534) retail for $6.99 and are available to order through your local Adventist Book Center or at PersonalVisionWorkbook.com.

About the Author

Jay L. Perry is a husband, father, and church planter. He graduated from Union College in Lincoln, Neb. and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.  He has pastored new churches in Kansas and Minnesota.  He enjoys reading, bicycling, and helping people take the next step in their spiritual lives.  He currently lives in Shakopee, Minn. with his wife Kendra, son Nathaniel, and mother Sherry.

For more information about the Personal Vision Workbook, contact Jay Perry at jaylperry@gmail.com or (952) 856-7395 or visit www.PersonalVisionWorkbook.com