I have had the vision to start this ministry journey for 3 full years now. I have revised and edited the idea many times. Over that time I have come to define a few things. Today we are going to talk about vision. We will talk about more than just for this ministry because I also want to look at living everyday life with vision.
Vision is a word that gets thrown around in the business word and in leadership books. It’s like the buzz word when starting out. We have to define what vision is though, because it can often get confused with mission. Vision is the long term view of the organization. It is a statement looking toward the future hope and goals. Whereas, mission is the way you reach the vision, in our case mission will be found in classes, studies, and groups.
For this ministry we must give words to the vision. These words give structure and will keep us on track as the ministry grows and moves forward. I include you in this process since without people reading, listening, or watching there is no ministry to be had. You are partners in this.
Let’s put words to our vision. Our vision is: To guide others into the story of God.
I think those few words can help us think bigger about our lives and devotion to Christ. As I thought about it I was reminded of an old song called Be Thou My Vision. The lyrics go, “be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart, naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.” As we think of vision in our own life it’s easy to feel like there is no direction. We graduate, maybe go to a college, and then everything is up in the air. We have to keep our vision on God alone anything else would be a terrible mistake.
Our vision should always be on God. No matter what your career your vision in life must be total devotion to the one who saved us. However, each one of us will do that in different ways. Our vision needs to be the same, to be disciples, but our mission can vary. Being a mechanic, a teacher, a lifeguard, or a pastor can all be used to reach the vision. Your life and career are important but a vision for God must be central.
Take some time today and think about your life. Is your vision really a focus on God? How can you begin to align your vision to God?
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