Ok, this is not a post about fortune tellers or any nonsense like that, so don’t leave just yet. Over the course of my short 19 year life there are two things that seem to penetrate and continue to show up, and they are: Love and Vision. As you can tell by the title, this one probably isn’t about Love.
So VISION, what a word, what does it mean exactly? Well I love the way the dictionary puts it:
the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom
I love this! It seems so simple right? Just think, imagine and use wisdom. I’ve had the opportunity to sit on some creative boards and brainstorm ideas on how to market products. I’ve also been able to attend a few conferences and learn from the great visionaries of today. I’m currently in the middle of reading the book Sun Stand Still, and there’s a quote that the author, Steven Furtick, used and it makes me smile every time, “…I think I know why God gave me a bold vision for my life at such a young age. He had to get to me before I was old enough to know any better.” This speaks volumes to me! But this should be applied to any vision, any dream, any idea! At the point that we realize we have no limits, we are UNSTOPPABLE! I once heard a teacher talking about the story of Esther. He was explaining his own opinion as to why he thinks the king chose Esther. (Mind you this is opinion) His idea was that, all the other girls wanted the king’s stuff as where Esther wanted the king. Whether that’s true or not, the idea has a great lesson. If you get the king, you get his stuff. Keep your eyes set on where the real treasure lies.
Another great story in the Bible comes from the book of 1 Kings. In chapter 3, God tells Solomon to ask for anything he wants and his request will be granted. Long story short, Solomon asks for wisdom beyond all measure and God keeps His promise. But then God goes the extra mile and gives him riches and glory that he never asked for (NPV – Nathan Paraphrase Version). You see this says to me, anything is possible with the added factor of wisdom. Let’s go back to that definition of Vision: “the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” Solomon was extremely successful, he accomplished a lot in his life, he wrote most of the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. You know those books that have wisdom and knowledge seeping through the pages. Not to mention the fact that he built the Temple, which in its day was the spectacular structure.
Imagination. This can be the hard part. Wisdom is the logical side of being a visionary, as where Imagination is completely illogical. It’s asking the questions that begin with “what if?” Like, “what if we had school completely online?” or “what if we did church online?” or maybe “what if we witnessed to people like x, y, z?” “what if ______?” fill in the blank with whatever. You see, I’ve heard time and time again that you can only go as far as you’re willing to go. So think beyond the limits, go for the things that are way out there. Chances are people will think you’re crazy, I know, people think I’m crazy. Now not every idea is golden, but all it takes it one. Just think about it, electricity was a crazy thought, but aren’t you glad Ben Franklin struck himself with lighting. And then Thomas Edison harnessed it and thought up the light bulb, and after several, and I mean several failures he nailed it.
I’ll close with a nice scripture I found,
Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]–blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he. Proverbs 29:18 [AMP]