I suffer from myopia. That’s near-sightedness, which means that I can see quite clearly things that are right in front of me, but everything becomes more and more blurry the further they are from me. Glasses correct the problem and can bring my eye-sight back to that wonderfully visionary goal of 20/20. With corrective lenses, I’m able to see quite clearly that which is near and that which is far.
That’s a reality that many of us share, but it’s also an interesting metaphor for something that is happening right here at Northside. As we come to the close of 2018, we draw one year closer to the year 2020 and, therefore, one year closer to a new decade. As the elders and staff met recently, we remember that we must not be myopic, only seeing what is right in front of us. We need a vision of our church’s future that enables us to see what is further away. That’s never easy, but with God’s help, we can have our vision correctly adjusted to see what He is calling us to.
With that in mind, we’ve begun talking about 2019. We want to spend time in this next year planning and preparing for the future. We’re calling this endeavor “2020 Vision”, and we’ll be sharing some exciting ideas with you on Nov. 18th. Meanwhile, we ask that you pray that God will give us a clearer vision of the future, and the conviction and wisdom that we’ll need to step boldly toward that vision. We, the Northside family, will celebrate our 40th Anniversary next year. We can look back at the first 40 years and approach the future with passive myopia, or we can observe the past 40 years and then go flying toward the next 40. I hope you’ll be as excited as we are about the future our King is preparing for us.
Thank you for your part in the first 40 years!! God bless you and your family for helping us to arrive at this giant milestone. And thank you, in advance, for your family’s involvement in the next decade. May He be glorified, and His Kingdom is firmly established on earth as it is in Heaven!!