SO… what is your VISION?
AS someone who has immersed himself in the world of leadership for almost 18 years (I know some of you reading this will think I am still a baby in this realm) the one thing I constantly keep hearing, reading, and thinking about is the topic of VISION!
The REALITY is, there is no denying that VISION is a critical factor in shaping the future that God has for us individually, as a family, and organizationally no matter what that may look like. One of the most popular biblical texts on this reality comes from the collection of wisdom sayings in the OT known as the book of Proverbs (btw I highly recommend it even if you don’t believe in God). It is found in the 29th chapter of the book and reads very differently in the many translations of the Bible but the version that is often quoted and written about in leadership circles is found in the good old King James Version of the Bible where it says:
You know, I have constantly heard people, leaders, lecturers, TED talkers, and so many more people present the importance of VISION for our lives. And there is a reason for that and that is because there is an intrinsical link between VISION and HOPE!
When we have a VISION that compels us our lives are often more productive, happy, and exciting. When we have a compelling VISION for our futures it makes getting up in the morning more palatable when the time changes and we find ourselves going to the office in the dark and coming home in the dark as well! I love what one of the most recent visionary greats had to say about this TRUTH when he said this:
The REALITY is, there is more evidence to suggest that when we have a VISION for our lives, our organizations, our families, or our churches that it pulls us towards it and at times arguably it pushes us along this journey called life and faith.
BUT here is something I have also come to understand over the past 5+ years of my own personal journey and that is when your health takes a turn for the worse it is hard to have a VISION for the future! The TRUTH is, one of the hardest things to do when you get unexpectedly sidelined along the journey is to have HOPE for the future, let alone a VISION for something better! Honestly, there are many days (and some of you can attest to this better than me) where VISION is the very last thing on your mind or your radar screen. When HEALTH goes sideways in our lives there are many days where the thing that is most pressing in our world is simply “HOW” we are going to make our way through another day! VISION in the day-to-day struggles can easily get side-lined, downgraded, and set to the shelf as we simply attempt to make it through one more day.
This morning as I write this, I know that there is more to THINK through in regard to this connection between VISION and HOPE. I know there is more to PONDER when it comes to the importance of looking beyond the STUFF that we struggle with from day-to-day when our HEALTH goes sideways, or something comes our way that we NEVER saw coming! I understand that this is still a thought in the working stages, but I am looking forward to the journey that comes with trusting God in the process!
Praying your day is surrounded with HOPE for you, the ones you love, and the world around you!