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Your ‘selfie’— five years from now

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‘Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.’  —Proverbs 29:18 (ESV)

Apivotal moment of my life occurred as an art student while attending Parsons School of Design back in the early 70s. In those days, I had aspired to be a commercial magazine and book illustrator. One day, a homework assignment literally brought me to my knees. “I want you to draw a picture of your life—five years from now,” said the instructor.

What kind of assignment is this? I thought.

Up to that point, students in the class were required to draw either representational (still–life, landscape, or portrait paintings), or conceptual pieces (drawings that surrealistically morphed two or more images into a single arresting idea, such as a clever op–ed piece for The New York Times). Now, we were being asked to become futurists and to envision that which was yet to be!

To my amazement, I found the challenge all–consuming. Picturing myself in a future world of my own design caused me to think deeply about my faith in God and to seriously contemplate my goals, values, and most treasured relationships. After much prayer and supplication, I completed the drawings.

Five years later, I was awestruck to realize that most of what I had envisioned actually came to fruition. If this worked for me, would it work for others? That thought took me on an exciting journey of discovery in which, rather than do only commercial illustration as I had planned, I would also use my skills to help other people envision their futures.

In another five years, I was delighted to see that all of those people—newly married couples, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and even spouse seekers—had also seen their dreams come true.

In this Good News! you’ll see how futures were born from the ashes of tragedy as you read the stories of 9/11 volunteers who found their life’s calling. We’ll also take you to “Strikepoint” where teams brainstormed new and innovative ways to answer the call to ministry. And you’ll see newly commissioned lieutenants courageously accept their first appointments.

I hope you’ll be informed and inspired by the visionaries depicted here. And then, you’ll take a “selfie”—a snapshot of who you will be—five years from now.

by Warren L. Maye

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