When you hear the word drift what images or thoughts come to mind? Do you imagine lying on an inner tube, relaxing as the current takes you downstream? Drifting is wonderful if it is a hot day and you are on a small body of water where the shore is in reach. But on a vast body of water? It may start out relaxing and enjoyable but when you open your eyes and the shoreline is difficult to see, now that’s another story.
Drift……to be carried slowly by a current of air or water; a continuous slow movement from one place to another.
Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches by Peter Greer and Chris Horst is an intriguing book about the slow changes occurring in an organization that lead it away from its stated purpose and identity. They call this mission drift. However, it isn’t just organizations that can suffer mission drift if they aren’t careful. You and I can as well.
In what areas are you drifting right now? Sometimes it is hard to identify because drifting is subtle and slow. Over time, if left unchecked, it has the power to lead us off course and into some dangerous territory. There are a number of ways we are prone to drift from our purpose or mission. Probably the best way to identify those areas is by asking and honestly answering:
Does what I think, say, and do line up with who Love says I am?
This question is not meant to bring condemnation. It is intended to keep us alert and focused on the things that we each are designed and created to do. For when we live in our purpose lives are healed, reconciled and edified. When we live in our purpose life is peaceful in the chaos, hopeful in the depravity, and joyful in the pain. When we live in our purpose our Creator God is the focus and He is glorified mightily. And this is really what life is ultimately all about.
Unhindered…live the masterpiece!