Who are you?

Let me tell you who I am. Many of you will know that Martha, my wife of then 64 years, went to be with Jesus a year ago, so I have been living in a year of transition. My old vision statement of who I am is no longer correct. Part of it stated that my desire is to be a Godly, Holy Spirit empowered husband – but I am no longer a husband. I needed to re-craft my vision statement, my personal vision of who I am and what is important for me. I realized that many of the scriptures that have defined my life were not even in the old vision statement, so I began to craft a new one. As you read mine, consider writing your own if you have not already done that. This helps us stay focused on the things to which we are called.

So here it goes. This is how I would define myself (at the end, including the scriptures from which my own statement is formed):

“I believe God’s Word more than I believe my own emotions or feelings. Therefore, I can boldly declare that I am becoming more like Jesus every day. The Word of God and the Spirit of God are constantly working in me to produce His nature.

“I am righteous in God’s sight and I have a secure future. I do not dwell on the past, but embrace the fullness of what God is doing in this day and my role in those plans.

“I am a man after God’s heart, and will not depart from this life until God has accomplished His purpose for me in this generation and I have declared God’s glory to the next generation.

“I live in the constant expectation and confidence that the kingdom of God is advancing across the globe, that Jewish people are coming to faith in their Messiah each day, and that the good news of Jesus/Yeshua, the Messiah, is reaching to the remotest areas of the world.

“I fear the Lord and find great delight in His commands, therefore my children will be mighty in the Land. My generations will be blessed. In the end, I will look in triumph on all my foes.

“I will daily come before the Lord in worship and prayer, with thanksgiving, and will ultimately see all this come to its fullness.”

(Romans 8:29; Ephesians 3:18-20; Isaiah 6:8-13; Romans 11:12,15; Psalm 112; Psalm 71:18; Acts 13:22,36; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 3:21,22; Psalm 100)

This is who I am. Who are you?

-Don Finto