Last night was the State of The Union address. It is a time when the President shares with the Congress and the country his perspective on where we are and where he is seeking to lead us into the future.
While we could have, I’m sure, a good conversation about our particular personal perspective in relationship to the current President (as I suppose with past presidents), I’m grateful for the Constitutional imperative and the tradition that has risen around it. The reason I feel that way is because I think it is a good thing — from time to time — to examine where we are and to take stock, if you will, of where we are heading just as a general principle.
And while I think this is true for the nation, I also think it is true for us as individuals and for other institutions as well. What would it be like if we ─ from time to time ─ laid out a State of our lives address? Here are my thoughts:
- What if we considered the direction we were going in love as a follower of Jesus?
- What if we considered the direction of our particular struggles and how we were dealing with them?
- What if we asked ourselves where do we go from here and what’s next in our lives?
- What are the big decisions that we will need to make, and what will be the criteria for making them?
- What if we took a similar look at our marriage if we’re married or the other close relationships of our lives?
- Are we paying attention to the needs of our spouse or significant other?
- What habits have we developed as a couple that may be subtlety creating difficulty and moving us away from one another rather than closer to one another?
- What are we doing well?
- What do we celebrate and give thanks for in our relationship?
- What about the congregation of which we’re a part, what is there to offer thanks around?
- Where are the struggle points, the places where we are falling short of our mission, and how might we give ourselves and our time to see it change?
I am a fan of the State of the Union idea. I think it’s a good one. We should ─ from time to time ─ consider where we are and where we are going. If we don’t, we might well end up in a place we don’t want to be, wondering how we got there.