“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
I turn 40 later this year. In our culture, this is considered to be somewhat of a milestone, a halfway point of our lives on this earth. And as I’ve begun to think more about this, the above quote by Mark Twain has begun to take on more meaning than ever before.
What do I want my leadership to look like twenty years from now?
What am I dreaming about today for twenty years from now?
Too often, I get caught up in the day to day minutiae of life, and that’s not conducive to big picture thinking. One of my goals is to regularly get into environments where I am inspired to dream beyond today. Last August at the Global Leadership Summit, I heard Bill Hybels say, “Enough of playing small, enough of playing safe: it’s time for a grander vision.”
What could Southview look like twenty years from now? What could God be using this local church to do in this community and in this world?
An old Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
Do you want your leadership to be stronger and better twenty years from now? Do you want your life to be better twenty years from now? If you’re a follower of Jesus, do you want to be more like Jesus twenty years from now? I do.
We’d better start working on that today.
What do you dream “could be” twenty years from now?