How To Maintain Vision in Life
Written By: Remaliah Evans, Leader/Contributor- LifeBuilder Seminars
Have you ever asked yourself what happened to the Vision? In watching experienced leaders and speakers I have noticed that they are great at casting the vision. In fact, it seems they can cast the same vision in twenty different ways. They don’t just tell you the vision, they walk out the vision. They practically breathe the vision. Experienced leaders recognize that vision is crucial to progress. No vision, no real progress, no unity, no effectiveness. We can all recall that moment of excitement when we first see the vision clearly. We see a glimpse of the master plan and we start running. However if we are not careful that vision can get blurry or lost. What happened to the vision?
I am learning the importance of writing down the vision and making it plain so that others can run with it. I am also learning how vision can be blurred and lost. Here is shortlist of some areas to watch out for:
Discouragement– when we are discouraged our vision becomes blurred because we dwell on all the things that are NOT happening. However, we are not supposed to despise the day of small beginnings. Perhaps you are a
Distraction– We have written down the vision so that we can run with it. A good runner is not distracted, they are focused. We have to keep that vision in front of us and around us at all times and keep our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1 “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” We are encouraged to throw off everything that hinders us. When we are running with the vision we will have to let go of some stuff.
Disobedience– Paul warns that sin entangles us. Sin is a distraction and will block the vision. Sinning is like trying to run with our ankles chained together. We are not getting anywhere fast, and we are so focused on the chains (i.e. the sin) that we lose the vision.
Not Seeking God– Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from our Father of lights. The amazing vision that He has given you is meant to be fulfilled WITH Him. It is easy to get caught up in the preparation or daily tasks associated with the vision, yet God wants to be involved in every part of the process- moment by moment. During the process He imparts the character, skills, and graces needed to bring the vision to pass. The word promises in Thessalonians 5:24 that the One who called you is faithful and He will do it. The Amplified reads: Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].
Lack of Prayer– Prayer keeps us aligned with God and connected to God. When we pray we receive His perspective and His guidance. Without prayer we are unnecessarily striving. The vision will take work however prayer will make the work easier.
Comparison– Whatever you do, please, please do not compare yourself, your vision, or your progress with someone else. It is foolish to compare ourselves (2 Corinthians 10:12) Someone once said that when we compare ourselves we are comparing our behind the scenes to someone else’s highlights. In other words, you don’t know what that person had to go through, or goes through to maintain their vision. As a good friend of mine says, stay in your lane. Comparison leads to envy, discouragement, distraction, disillusionment, and bitterness. You don’t have time for all that. Your time is coming and when it does, it will be well worth the wait.