Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I believe vision is key to true success. To the degree that I have focused on my personal vision statement, I have truly moved forward. But to be honest, I have not done so nearly enough. I have it written down, but it's stashed away somewhere, and at times I'll happen to come across it. Maybe some words on the importance of vision will help me realize its importance.

The way I define "vision" here is: "“Vision is born in the heart of the man and woman who is caught between the tension of what could be and what should be” (Andy Stanley) http://teenlifeministries.com/articles.php?a=read&aid=411. Hitler had a vision for Germany and Europe. He saw what "could be." But it was not what should be, that is, in God's eyes. Hitler and countless millions of people bought into the lie that Hitler's vision should be, but that vision led to destruction.

A godly vision never counters God's will. And if a personal vision statement is in direct contrast with your company's corporate vision statement, then the stress may tear you in one direction or the other.

We won't find the vision. It will find us. Referring back to Andy Stanley's quote, we don't determine what should be. God does. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=29&chapter=46&verse=10&version=49&context=verse, so why should we, who can't even predict the weather for a few days ahead (yet certain forecasters have the audacity to tell us what the weather will be like months from now) think we know what's best?

One way we'll know it is from God, and it should be, is when we develop righteous, godly anger at what shouldn't be. Dennis Rainey writes: "Search your heart and see what it is that makes you pound the table." I realized then that what made me pound the table was when I saw kids who were hurting because of parents who weren't happy in their relationships." (see http://fltoday.com/about/staff/default.asp).

Here's what Bob Wiley writes about vision (from http://www.bobwiley.com/Resource/Smile_61203.pdf):
"Visualize sitting with your family celebrating your
eighty-fifth birthday. Consider that your life will
have been productive and effective as a purposeful
Christian and as professional as you can imagine.
What will your children and grandchildren say?
You co-workers? Your neighbors? Simply answer
this question as you think: 'What is the story that
I want them to tell about my life?'

"What do you see that would be different in your world at the
end of your life if you brought your vision to reality?

"What would cause you to weep if left undone during your life?"

Of course, attitude is vital, and I'll be addressing that, but a truly God-ordained vision will motivate us because it will fit in with how God created us and blessed us with our gifts and talents. If we're not excited about the vision, then either it's not from God or we're not right with God.

What are your thoughts? How did you come about your vision statement, and how have you done with it? Or if you don't have a vision statement, why?

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