Vision is an interesting subject. Here are Webster's definitions: 1)The power of seeing 2)Something supposedly seen in a dream, trance etc. 3)A mental image 4)The ability to perceive or foresee something, as through mental acuteness 5)Something or someone of great beauty.
It is the 3rd and 4th definition of vision that takes us into the future...the "I SEE" with an AHA in front of it!
As the picture becomes clearly understood, it must then be communicated. Just as we use our eyes to look out from our body and understand the world around us, our minds can do the same - look ahead from where we are to what lies ahead. In sports, the coach presents a "what-is-ahead-for-us" picture to the team. It is vision casting . . .the process of using a peek into the unknown future to effect change today.
Life requires a vision to accomplish the invisible. The one who sees it and carries it to the people is called a "visionary". Simply put, it has been said that this is a leader with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them but make the impossible happen anyway.
The road of vision that leads to accomplishments is often strewn with great struggle, unyielding fortitude and embattled hearts that choose to hold on through the failures along the way.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, VISION cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller
Visions for the future are found throughout the scriptures as God planted them in the minds and hearts of leaders throughout both Old and New Testament times. The Apostle Paul's vision on the road to Damascus with an "I SEE!" outcome and he was radically changed. He spent the rest of his life vision-casting to his world and beyond into ours through his Biblical accounts.
Where there is no VISION, the people perish; but he who keeps the law, is happy. Proverbs 29:18
Whatever the God-given vision, it must first be clearly received by us as leaders in our homes, communities, jobs and churches. Then we must cast that vision into our world accurately passing it on to those God has placed in our care. May we say with all our hearts, "I SEE!" and help others to do the same.
This is the message of a man who hears the words of God. I know well the Most High God. I SEE a vision from the Almighty, and my eyes are open as I fall before him. Numbers 24:16 NCV
Blessings . . . as you put on the thick spectacles of God's vision for your life and ministry.
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