Here is my Editor’s Corner from the latest issue of the PCC Scroll.
In the last issue of the Scroll, I wrote that I consider the last few and the next few years of my life to be a time of preparation. I am on a journey of laying down the groundwork for the direction I am heading. I can envision my desired future, and I am trying to lay a solid foundation to build upon. As we move toward our futures and lay our foundations, it is important to place ourselves in the correct positions to thrive.
There is a fine difference between surviving and thriving. In the church world, we have lingo about “being the head and not the tail” and “God preparing a table for us.” Both of which come from scripture. Both involve us doing our part and being in the right position. Because God has promised us life…more abundantly.
When I think about surviving, I think about waking up every Monday morning wishing for 5:00 p.m. Friday to come quickly. When I think about thriving, I think about having a strong passion for what I do as a career. Surviving seems to be just about making it. Thriving seems to be about growing and developing.
Part of my “getting into position to thrive” is talking to a Dream Coach. The process began with a 10-week series. Now my coach and I do monthly check-ins. When I say the term “Dream Coach,” many people assume it is someone who analyzes the dreams I have at night. In actuality, Angela helps me to discover and define what my passions are. What is it that I would do if money, time, fear, insecurity, etc. were not the driving forces behind my decisions? I have a strong idea of where I want to be, and our conversations help steer my actions. Each month, I walk away with “To Do’s” that help me position myself to grow and work toward those passions.
A lot of the time, I feel like the gardener many of the articles discussed in the last issue. I am impatiently waiting to see the shoots of my labor spring forth. It is like the proverbial watched pot that does not boil. But just because I don’t see anything at the surface, does not mean nothing is happening below the surface.
Working with Angela gives me the accountability I need. I set clear goals each month, and I have someone who is a cheerleader and encourager as I achieve minor and major milestones. I am learning to have patience, faith and trust that God is mindful of my hopes and dreams (and even my ambitions) and that they align with His plan for my life.
The other thing I am doing is education. I have my formal degree and certificates, and I also have my work experience. In addition, I am finding classes that align with growing my skill set in the areas that interest me. For example, in the winter quarter, I am taking some classes on social media. I am also looking for some classes on photography.
As you continue to position yourself to thrive, I would encourage you to find a friend, mentor or coach (formally or informally) that will hold you accountable to moving toward your goals. Life is busy and full of distractions, but we must be in position when it is time to reap our harvest. God wants you to flourish and thrive.