In today’s society much is made of one finding ones purpose. Knowing just what it is that one is called to do or created to do is one of, if not the most essential components to successful living today. However, purpose can and will fall short lest it is pursued by the direction of a vision.
What does it mean to have a vision?
Webster’s dictionary defines “vision” as “The power of seeing; something supposedly seen in a dream; a mental image, a vision of power; the ability to foresee or perceive something, as through mental acuteness.”
Those are some pretty distinct definitions there and what we can learn from it is that vision brings about empowerment. To have a vision is being able to see the end from the beginning. The bible speaks expressively about vision and how it can help you be empowered to run toward your destiny.
Habakkuk 2: 2-3 says “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”
For years we have been instructed to write our vision out, make a vision statement. And you may have wondered what is in writing out a vision statement. The answer is found in 6000 year old scripture; before there were self-help gurus, motivational speakers and life coaches, the bible has taught us the power of a vision.
Writing the vision out, keeping it before you, keeps you moving forward toward your goals and dreams. You have to remember that whatever is visual is impressionable. The power of a vision contributes to what you allow to influence your life. You may ask, “Why do I need to have a vision for my life? “
Once again, let us look to bible scripture for the answer.
Proverbs 29:18…”Where there is no vision the people perish” KJV
The word “perish” translated from the Hebrew text means, “to cast off restraint, to go about aimlessly.”
When you lack vision for your life, you will go about aimlessly, never quite getting a full understanding of Vision 20 purpose or having clarity of direction. The power of a vision brings about these things that one can live a more structured, fulfilled life.
–3 Things Vision Brings About–
Focus…Vision enables you to stay focused on one thing, event, goal or dream. You see the end from the beginning.
Discipline…Vision causes you to do the daily things necessary to reach your goals and dreams.
Prioritized Living…Vision keeps you living a prioritized life. It keeps you on course to where you want to go, what you want to be and whom you want to achieve it with.
Regardless of limitations or restrictions, vision will empower you to see past it, not allowing it to effect your destiny because you begin with end in mind. You will have already seen the outcome if you will just keep pressing and persevering to the end. Even in times when it seems like all hope is gone, and you might as well throw in the towel, where there is a strong vision for your life you will dig down deep and somehow find the strength to keep moving forward.
Joseph in the bible was the son of Jacob, Israel, as God called him, he dreamed a dream that his father, mother and 11 brothers would bow down before him. This was his vision for his life; he saw him self at an appointed time being a ruler, even over his family. As he shared his vision with his family it was not well received and the first chance they got his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt.
There he was enslaved at Potiphar’s house that was a ruler over Egypt. And God gave him favor and he was made a governor over the land. But Potiphar’s wife tried to entice Joseph and when he refused she accused him of rape and he was once again imprisoned. Joseph could have given up, but he held on to his vision, to what he saw as his destiny.
After many years Potiphar died and another ruler came who did not know of Joseph. He dreamed a dream that terrified him greatly, but know one could interpret it. Know one but Joseph. He interpreted the dream of how there would be seven years of plenty and seven years of lack. And he instructed them to save in the time of plenty in order to have enough to live on in the time of drought.