See it in your mind's eye
In his book “Visioneering”, best-selling author Andy Stanley writes: “Vision is a preferred future. A destination. Vision always stands in contrast to the world as it is. Vision demands change. But a vision requires someone to champion the cause. That someone is you!”
Why do we need to have a personal vision? The Bible reminds us, “Where there is no vision the people cast off restraint …” (Proverbs 29:18). Without a revelation from God, a sense of calling and urgency is absent. If we have no vision, we tend to drift along in life like flotsam.
Many are just focusing on the pleasures and concerns of the immediate: the must-watch TV serial drama, the flood of emails clamouring for our attention, the not-to-be-missed business deal or our foodie friends’ latest discovery on Facebook.
- Do we believe He has a unique plan for us — that our destiny was predetermined while we were yet in our mother’s womb, and that each of us has been endowed with distinctive gifts and resources (Jeremiah 1:5)?
- Do we believe He will lead — that He is the ultimate Guide (Proverbs 3:5-6)?
- Do we believe He will provide? Hudson Taylor, the missionary who founded China Inland Mission, said, “God’s work done in God’s way will not lack God’s supply.” When God gives you a vision, He also grants you His provision.
Sometimes we may get discouraged that we’re not moving any closer to the vision God has placed in our heart. We may even think of giving it up. However, if a vision seems slow in materialising, wait patiently; for it will surely take place (Habakkuk 2:3).
- If I had to do it over again, I would reflect more.
- If I had to do it over again, I would risk more.
- If I had to do it over again, I would do more things that would live on after I am dead.
DON'T DESPISE SMALL BEGINNINGS