Where can vision take you? … as far as you are willing to Envision!
Where can vision take you? Vision will take you as far as it can reach; it is its own measurement. Vision defines the destination be it far or near. Like the finish line in a marathon race, vision draws a mark telling you when you are done. It can be modified and moved, but it serves to mark an arrival point. Once you have reached that line your energy will evaporate and whatever drive you had will begin to wane. Get vision and know what it really is!
Vision is powerful but it is not so simple as simply creating goals. There are important subtleties around vision we need to understand. An important one is illustrated in the following story.
There were once two young men who always wanted to be architects. The first was a brilliant youth who was always impressed with the idea of being an architect. As a boy he had been to a large construction company and was mesmerized at everything around building. But when he entered the office of the chief architect he knew his destiny. He loved everything about it, even the title – Architect.
The second youngster was also impacted as a boy. He could not pass a dirt pile without dreaming of what it might become. He was the proverbial construction ‘junkie’ ever attracted to the sounds and sights of machinery and assembly. He built skyscrapers with everything from Lego to toothpicks. Like the first boy he dreamed of being an architect.
The day finally came and both these boys graduated from their respective schools. They were now architects. However their visions were vastly different. The first boy had always envisioned an office and a title, the prize was ‘being an architect’. The second boy dreamed of building the most amazing structures on the planet.
Their visions were not at all the same as the first boy was already done. He had accomplished his dream of becoming an architect and now he was an architect. Everything from this point forward would be drudgery. The title and role was the goal line! The second boy was barely started. While he also was an architect, his vision extended far beyond an office and a title. His dream was to create the worlds greatest structures. His vision would require another 30 years of training and experience before he was even qualified. Where the one had ended the other was just beginning.
Sometimes we can mistake a ‘title’ for a vision. Both of these boys wanted to be architects, but for vastly different reasons. In the world of ministry I have seen people aspire to become ‘pastors’. In some cases they were enamoured with a title. The problem is once you have crossed that invisible line of vision you lose your motivation. Proverbs 23:7 says, ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’. If your zeal is gone and you find yourself without energy for the future, it may be that you have inadvertently crossed the boundary line of your vision. In which case you need to go to the Master and get more. I can assure you there is more!