Vision is the key to a successful life.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. -Helen Keller
People walk through life with perfect 20/20 sight. They can see physically what’s in front of them but spiritually they are limited. Some people are even blind to the vision God has for them. At some point , if your seeking it, God will put a white hot vision right in front of you. This vision will be perfect just for you. It will empower your soul, compliment your gifts, motivate you when you are weak, and encourage you when you are discouraged. There is a power in vision to help guide you through the various ups and downs of life.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. -Proverbs 29:18 NIV
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. -Proverbs 29:18 KJV
I love this verse in both of these translations. This verse builds into us the foundation for the importance of vision. Vision builds restraint in our life. If we have a vision for a strong marriage then we will build in the parameters in order to keep that relationship strong. If we have a vision to build a large ministry then we will do what it takes to make sure the ministry God entrusts us has integrity. I can tell you from painful personal experiences that when we lose vision for our marriage, ministry, career, or finance then we have lost the key the ingredient for success. Truly without vision our lives will perish. Vision builds restraint in our lives. This is the power of vision. Vision will help us to be disciplined in our thinking and our behavior. If we have a vision to become physically in shape then that vision will motivate us to eat right and get our butts in the gym. If someone comes up with an idea, then ask, “Does it fit into the vision?” If not, then it doesn’t deserve your attention. Your vision for your life is your roadmap for success. It keeps us on the right path.
Maybe your vision is cloudy. That’s ok. Maybe you’ve experienced the death of a vision. I know it’s hard to hear this… but that’s ok too. Jesus is in the resurrection business. He resurrects dead things. Things that we thought were done… well, that’s His specialty. Read more on rising from the ashes in this post. God can give us a vision for something we thought we’ve screwed up.
The awesome thing about a vision is that it is a powerful component that will help motivate others to join in with you in accomplishing it just so long as the vision is from God and about others. If your vision is just about your success then you’ll have a tough time getting others on board. If your vision is about helping others and getting other people to the next level and we all win, then that’s something others can get behind.
Another thing I’ve found about vision is that it has a redeeming quality about it. God will give you a vision for a new future. Maybe you’ve experienced a failure in your marriage; God will give you a vision for a new one. Maybe you’ve failed in a ministry; God will give you a vision for a new one. Maybe you’ve failed in a small business venture; God will give you a vision for a new one. Whatever area that you have a passion for and a gifting in, God will give you a vision for.
Don’t rush the vision and don’t doubt but take heart in this verse from Habakkuk 2:2-3 NKJV…
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
God’s vision is never late but it is never early. We must trust that right now, right where we are is where God wants us. We are being prepared for the great vision our great God has for us!
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