Ask God for a Vision
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
A vision is a picture of what ‘can be’ rather than ‘what is’. Your vision may be to bring help to the marginalized and forgotten. Like John Kirkby, who left his job in finance when he felt God call him to help the poor and found Christians Against Poverty. Or of honest business that doesn’t oppress its workers – like the Christian founders of Cadbury, Rowntree, and Fry in the confectionary industry. It may be a vision of freedom where there’s oppression – like the one that made William Wilberforce give up a life of privilege to eradicate slavery. Or your vision may be smaller and simpler – like being the first one in your family to graduate from university, or becoming a great parent to your child even though you yourself never had one. Or breaking a bad habit before it breaks you…or overcoming your fear of technology and learning to use an iPad…or spending your retirement years impacting the world around you. Thoreau said, ‘If you’ve built castles in the air…put foundations under them.’ But having a vision isn’t enough; there has to be a commitment to act on it. That’s called a mission – and it requires setting specific, measurable steps to achieve it. Those steps are called goals; they establish a plan for accomplishing your mission and thus fulfilling your vision. You’ll generally have one vision, but many goals. And each goal you reach brings you a step closer to fulfilling your vision. And here’s the really good news: when your vision comes from God, He’ll give you the strength, wisdom, connections, relationships, and resources to make it happen because He’s ‘the author and finisher of our faith’.
Heavenly Father, give me Vision, a Plan, and Goals to do what is honoring to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen