With all the things that are going on in the world today, it’s easy to lose mental and emotional equilibrium. It’s easy to lose your hope. It’s easy to lose a positive vision for the future. And yet, in times like these, vision is exactly what we need to keep us going. An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true! Don’t give in to the urge to give up. In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
When someone loses their vision, it’s easy to get into the Three C’s of life. What are the three C’s? Complaining, Criticizing, Comparing. Stay away from that stuff. That’s like driving off a cliff. Remember, no complaining, no criticizing and definitely no comparing yourself to others.
Helen Keller, a woman who lost her sight or hearing at a young age, was asked, “What could possibly be worse than being blind?” She replied, “Having sight without vision.” Now, there’s a statement for you. Many have sight but cannot see the endless possibilities that surround them. Having a vision will keep you going when circumstances, events and trouble start to surround you. You have a reason for being. You have a goal. You have forward motion when others get stuck! Vision is life. Vision enables you to go the extra mile.
Vision is a compelling picture of a preferable future that motivates you to perform. Vision is catalytic. It gets your motor running so you can head out on the highway. Vision is motivational in its essence. Visionaries are people who see a picture of what they want and can communicate that vision in a way that inspires, motivates and activates people toward a purpose. They also motivate themselves toward the vision too! They have the ability to see the end from the beginning. Vision comes from having a purpose. Vision motivates you toward that purpose.
Vision sees the possibilities in the face of acute obstacles. Someone once said, “You can’t be optimistic if you have misty optics.” Vision focuses you on the things that matter. The Pareto Principle advises us that if we focus our energy and time on our two top priorities, we will have an 80% yield. If we become a “jack of all trades” type of person (visionless), we will have a 20% yield.
Did you know the Bible has much to say and reveal to us about vision? The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.” Prov. 29:18. That means they are emotionally and mentally thrown about like a boat on a stormy sea. Whatever happens, all they can do is react to what is going on in their life. I’m getting sea sick just thinking about that. Learn a lesson from Jesus. You only have authority over the storm you can sleep in.
Enough said. I want to encourage you to dream again. My friend’s wife, when he is disheartened, says to him, “Go to God and dream again!” She knows his signs of obscure vision. Someone else said, “If you’re not having fun, you need to back up and find out where you left Jesus. Don’t let a temporary negative become a permanent negative.
Read and heed the Bible and learn about the power of vision. Read about visionaries like Abraham, Joshua, Joseph, Deborah, Esther, Daniel, Paul and John. All faced tough times much harder than ours today. Never be afraid to try something new that is reasonable. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic!
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