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Do You Know Where You’re Going?

I recently took a road trip by myself in order to attend a professional conference. It was in a location that I was unfamiliar with so I used an app on my phone to give me turn by turn directions until I arrived safely at my destination. Maps are helpful. Just like traveling to a new location, life can sometimes leave me wondering, “How did I end up here?” Without a plan or a map, sometimes we can lose our way even on a very well-intentioned trip.  

I find that it is helpful to have a plan or a goal in mind whenever I start a new endeavor. I have chosen a scripture verse as my map for this year.  It gives me a framework for my choices, and it gives me a standard to which I wish to rise. I always found this to be helpful as a teacher in the classroom as well. If I could keep my focus on the objective of my classroom, then it would help direct all of my plans.   

Our school has been intentional about creating a standard in the mission statement. “Equipping servant leaders to honor Christ and impact the world” is the map for everything we do as a school. It is our measuring stick to know if we are heading in the right direction, or if we are getting off track and need to redirect. How blessed are we that we value honoring Christ as a school? I know as a parent, I am grateful for the power that mission statement holds. 

Creating a vision for yourself or your family is a helpful practice to keep you focused on what is important to you. It can help direct all your decisions, and it can keep you from ending up in areas you never wished to travel. This year, I am using Philippians 3:10-11 as my personal standard for living. I know I will make a wrong turn along the path to my standard for living, but having a map to guide me is a comfort.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” -John 16:13.   


About the Author: Jamye Autrey currently serves as the Mansfield Principal. Mrs. Autrey began her career in 1994 as a sixth grade math teacher after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University. She holds endorsements in reading, mathematics, and is trained in gifted education. Mrs. Autrey is a member of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Mrs. Autrey, she is married to her high school sweetheart Jay, and together they have two daughters, Kate and Emma, who both call PCA home. Her family attends and is involved in various ministries at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield

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