Your Elements Chart
29 For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was [a]aware and [b]loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. 30 And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being]. Romans 8:29-30 AMP
This section will introduce you to Your Elements Chart, the second living tool used throughout this series. Your Elements Chart will help you to compare and contrast your life experiences. You might expect common threads to be blatantly similar – as with identical tasks or a collection of different books on the same subject. However, you may discover relationships among various elements that are subtle and easily overlooked, or whose meaning will only become clear at the end of this series, or after you have found your purpose – and may be puzzling until then.
On your journey of purpose it may seem that the closer you get to an answer, the more questions will present themselves. This is normal. Record your questions and discoveries in your purpose journal. Begin with what you already know. You know that you were born for a purpose. You know that God already knows what your purpose is.
ACTIVITY #2 – Creating Your Elements Chart
For this activity, you will need your Elements Chart. If you do not have the purpose elements chart designed for this series, substitute graph paper, spreadsheet software (recommended), or a blank piece of paper. The goal of ongoing purpose charting is to identify related elements, recurring themes, and correlations that may exist across your life span. Later activities in this series will guide you in expanding this living tool.
Use the following procedure to create your Elements Chart. First, you will create the first six columns of your chart, representing themes from your life.
- Using your purpose elements chart, create a table with six columns, which can be expanded to include as many rows and additional columns as you need.
- Name the columns of your Elements Chart as follows:
- Column 1.) Date in mm/dd/yyyy format (or primary key for spreadsheet users).
- Column 2.) What? (What happened?)
- Column 3.) Who? (Who was present at, or involved in the event, including yourself?)
- Column 4.) When? (When did this event occur: winter? Summer? Birthday? Holiday? (include specific dates if known); and for what duration?)
- Column 5.) Where? (Where did this event take place? Include the physical address, the internal and external environment, the atmosphere, the sights, smells and sounds – everything you can remember.)
- Column 6.) PJ (Purpose Journal reference – related page number(s) to help you easily find notes later.)
Your chart should look something like this:
Date / Key
Remember to continue your journal activity each day, adding to your living tool as necessary.