As we travel in this journey called life it is very important to have the right map, know where you are going, have a target. That is why it is so important to have a vision of where you are going in life. Find your roll in the big picture of your life and your roll in your church as to where God wants to use you and your family.
Years ago I read Andy Stanley’s book “Visioneering;” a wonderful book that left a lasting impression.
For a moment let’s talk about vision. How can we use it to make things happen? Vision is what motivates us to go and do. Leaders understand the power of vision, but even more importantly the tremendous power of “vision casting.” If the team only sees your vision, then they are destined to be immobilized. They must not only see what you see, but also feel what you feel.
Visions are born in souls who are consumed with the underlying realization of what is and what could be. They can hardly rest, knowing that “if its to be, its up to me!”
Vision often begins with the inability to accept things the way they are. Over time that dissatisfaction matures into a clear picture of what could be. Without a clear vision, odds are you will reach the end of your life’s journey full of regret, wondering what all you might have accomplished, had you been more focused and goal-oriented.
Vision gives significance to otherwise meaningless details of our lives.
It is the difference between just filling sand bags and building a dike in order to save a town. It is somewhat meaningless and even frustrating to just fill one bag of sand after another. But, building a dike to “Save a Town” brings energizing purpose to filling bags.
If we envision four things into the fabric of our daily experience, we can transform “humdrum and wearisome” into “high octane influence.”
1.Passion : There is no such thing as an emotionless vision. Vision evokes emotion. The emotion (passion) serves to reinforce and intensify our commitment to the vision.
2.Motivation: Saving a town is enough to keep you working through the night. Just filling bags with sand will leave you looking at your watch, wishing you were somewhere else; anywhere else, in fact. Vision provides motivation. Vision-driven people are motivated people. Very little stands in the way of their goal. If you lack motivation you will have little or no vision. Ideas? Yes. Dreams? Maybe. Vision? Not a chance!
3.Direction : The most practical advantage of vision is it sets a direction for our lives. In this way, vision simplifies decision-making. Vision with direction will prioritize your values. A clear vision has the power to bring what is important to the surface.
4.Purpose : Vision translates into purpose. A vision gives you a reason to get up in the morning. Vision makes you an important link between current reality and the more obscure future. That dynamic gives your life purpose, and purpose carries momentum to move you through the barriers.
As we begin to create our plan for vision, we need to remember a few things to create momentum and make it happen. Communicate your vision as a solution to a problem. Cast your vision to the appropriate people at the appropriate time. Visions are refined. They don’t change. Plans are revised; they rarely stay the same.
Burning visions thrive in an environment of unity; they die in an environment of division. Maintaining your vision requires adherence to a set of core beliefs and behaviors. Vision requires constant attention, it will diminish if left unattended. Maintaining a vision requires bold leadership that defies the odds. True vision emblazons a path for others to follow from generation to generation.
If your vision is for a year, plant wheat If your vision is for ten years, plant trees If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people