If you are reading this, it means that you are connected, in some way, to VantagePoint3. Very few of you have just “stumbled upon” this blog and website. (If that is the case for you, keep reading because I don’t believe in “coincidence”). Most likely, then, you are well aware of the impact VantagePoint3 processes have had in helping transform lives and communities. You have either personally experienced, or seen first hand, the transformational power of God at work in the life of a person equipped and empowered to live the life they were created to live.
Pam Edwards recently told one of the Vista Cohort groups, “Real change begins with people talking about their concerns.” Our concern, which I’ll bet is yours as well, is helping people grow deeper in their most important relationship and igniting faithful service in God’s mission.
In almost a year on the VantagePoint3 team I have learned, through an incredible number of conversations, that almost every person connected with VantagePoint3 has been introduced to us by someone whose life was transformed, through one of our processes, by the deepening of their relationship with our Heavenly Father. If your life has been impacted through your experience in a VantagePoint3 process, most likely it started because someone began a conversation with a leader in your setting about the impact of that same process in their own life.
We were created to be in relationship with our Creator. It is through relationships that we are introduced to Him and begin to see who He created us to be and what He created us to do with this life we’ve been given. Blaise Pascal talked of how all human beings have a God-shaped hole within them that they naturally attempt to fill, but only a genuine relationship with the Living God is capable of filling that void. Many of us have, at one time or another, felt the emptiness of that void. We also know what it’s like to fill that emptiness the only way it can truly be filled. Filling that void doesn’t make life “easy”…it’s still difficult at times (sometimes even more difficult). However, it does make life less empty…more hopeful.
George Barna, in talking about a new generation of people seeking to fill that emptiness…
“They are seeking a faith experience that is more robust and awe inspiring, a spiritual journey that prioritizes transformation at every turn, something worthy of the Creator whom their faith reflects. They are seeking the spark provided by a commitment to a true revolution in thinking, behavior, and experience, where settling for what is merely good and above average is defeat.” (13)
In many conversations, people have used many of these same words to describe their experience, through VantagePoint3 processes, of knowing God more deeply and being empowered to live how they were created to live.
I want to invite you to be a part of this great work for which VantagePoint3 was inspired and each of us was created. As you know, God is already up to something great in you, your church, and your community…My challenge to all of us is to share with someone about how our great emptiness was filled and where we found our hope. And, if VantagePoint3 happens to come up in the conversation, that’s great too! 😉 However, what we believe is more important is that we all, as passionate followers of Christ, are helping someone else find their only true & lasting source of truth, integrity, meaning, wholeness, connection, passion, and inner peace.
“Being in the presence of people who seem to have discovered the keys to achieving such lofty and desirable outcomes cannot help but cause earnest seekers to take notice.” (Barna, 13)
Barna quotes from – Revolution (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2005)