Embracing And Building Your Vision
“A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” (P.K. Bernard)
Vision is the bridge between the present and the future. Without it we perish or go “unrestrained,” according to the book of proverbs. ”Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law”. – Proverbs 29:18
Vision gives pain a purpose. Those without vision spend their lives taking the path of least resistance as they try to avoid discomfort. The level of sacrifice that a vision requires will determine the size of people who follow. Sacrifice separates the small from the great.
So many of us go through life not understanding the purposes of our trials. We spend our days walking a crooked path, believing that every obstacle in the road is a problem and something to be avoided.
God has a vision for your life. He created you with a unique blend of talents and passions.
Ways to embrace and build your vision;
Have a good Foresight, Insight & Oversight: True Godly vision consists of foresight, insight and oversight that come from His sight. His sight assures us that the vision we have is from God. A vision from the Lord creates a mission from heaven.This is illustrated in the life of Moses when he went up on the mountain, received a vision of the tabernacle, and was told to construct it according to the pattern that he had received. (Exodus 24:16-28:43) Visions like this are just “pipe dreams” without some sort of administrative plan to complete them. A lot of people have lofty ideas about things they would like to accomplish for God but they seem to have no sense of how to see the dream fulfilled. There are entire books dedicated to this subject, therefore, I will just give an overview of how to accomplish a vision.
Articulate Your Vision: The first part of accomplishing any vision is to take it from the unseen world and bring it into the natural realm. This can be accomplished by simply writing down the vision. Articulating the vision on paper pulls the dream that is in your spirit (that no one can see but you) into the visible world so that others can capture it in their own hearts. ”Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay” – Habakkuk 2:2-3.
Create A Plan To Accomplish The Vision: ”Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed; the plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD” – Proverbs 15:22 & 16:1. This passage shows that vision comes from God but it is our duty to develop the plans so that the vision can be fulfilled.
Set Goals: Goals are simply the vision broken down into smaller pieces that are measurable in time and space. In other words, they are specified parts of the mission that we will accomplish by a predetermined date. Many people don’t like to set goals because they think that if they are not able to accomplish them on time, they have failed. The truth of the matter is that, “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” Great leaders know that setting goals is what gives the mission a sense of urgency.
Surround Yourself With People Who Encourage Your Vision: There are hundreds of outsiders and people who never dream big. They come into your life to tell you why it won’t work out for you either. Put the stop sign on them and focus on expanding your potential. Be among people with a similar energy, individuals who are driven to succeed in life.