Vision is like a newborn baby, it is something we care for before we can actually hold it in our arms because the promise of it is so spectacular and essential to our future, we simply cannot deny it. Without a vision, we perish and our spiritual healing and growth stagnate, and our hearts are made sick. But a God-given clear vision feeds our soul with the hope of a reality that is not only within our grasp, but is a fruit bearing tree of life that excites us to influence, action and inspiration.
Pursuit of destiny, like parenthood, is a long-term commitment that will require your care, attention and encouragement until it comes to maturity. The baby is crying so that it can get its needs met. After months of carrying a baby in the womb, it is born and there is an immediate realization of what was before, known but not actually embraced. Similarly, your vision may be in vitro, reproducing according to its unique DNA and particular characteristics, but it is already carrying all the possibilities of what it may someday become with the right nurture and care. This baby might not need diapers, but what it does require is a well thought out plan for its growth to fruition and the excitement of a dream realized.
Caring for the Vision.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12c
A vision hoped for will blossom and bloom as you tend to it every day paying close attention to its specific care needs. Hope is what we cling to and it has been said to be a much greater motivator than even fear. When hope is born it is a tree of life. It is the impetus for the growth and capture of the dream. We must hold on to tightly to hope so that we do not lose it. Our hope helps us to stay the course when the prize is delayed and the end tarries; the hope-filled person does not lose heart neither is he easily discouraged. The fight then is to keep the vision in front of us by constantly caring for and about its growth and nurture. We must pay close attention daily to the end goal. Every day must be one that brings us closer to the projected end. Caring for your vision is as important to its realization as birthing it.
Vision helps us to see what may be far off. Once your vision is clear in your own mind, its pursuit will be a joy and like fresh water to your whole being. The God-given vision is unique and it has characteristics that will identify it as a worthwhile goal to be diligently sought until it’s seized. These visions are:
- Consistent with Scripture and they will not contradict or violate biblical teaching. God will bless the plan that holds to the truths of His word and plans for your life.
- Compatible to your strength, spiritual gifts and passions. He will lead you to pursue that which aligns with your personality and call.
- Worth living for, sacrificing for and committing to indefinitely.
- Easy to understand and remember.
- Committed to high ideals such as integrity, excellence, and respect for others.
- Dynamic, moving you forward toward something past the status quo. They guide and amaze and are often ambitious.
- Life-changing to the point of being scary. Visions pull us beyond ourselves and comfort zones and stretch us beyond what we could have believed we could become.
- A reflection of who you are and as unique as you. People should have an immediate recognition of the perfect fit between you and your vision.
- Compelling and they feel right. As you consider your vision, it should motivate and excite you to action and enthusiasm. God-given visions inspire; if it doesn’t ignite you and others then something is off or wrong. Make sure you have it right.
Once you have a clear vision, know that the reality of its birth is imminent. If it aligns with the word of God and you commit to caring for and nurturing to maturity, it will be everything God intends for it to be to you, your family, friends, workplace, church, home and beyond. As the proverb teaches the hope that your vision births is a tree of life when it is realized. Your vision’s core will come from the inside, building upon your passions, values and gifts. It will be fueled by what you see in your world and often the dissatisfaction you have with the way things are all around. The vision speaks to and seeks to have a positive effect on the hoped for reality that you are already seeing through faith.
I humbly ask for you to take the first step in healing, Please read my book Journey Principles to learn more about discovering, nurturing and actualizing your vision.
In your service,