“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.” – Henry David Thoreau
I was making great time on the 600 mile trek from Kansas City to my Springfield, Ohio destination. I mean really great time. Just me and the road, and a Starbucks stop. My Grande Americano nearly gone, I noticed a surprisingly familiar landmark.
I had vision for Springfield, but this young man was headed full steam the wrong way after my last stop. I turned around and landed about 90 minutes post anticipated ETA (estimated time of arrival). All. Was. Well.
Vision is tricky. It can be elusive. Connected with success, vision is that desired future place we anticipate arriving or accomplishment we seek achieving.
It can come in many shapes and sizes. There’s the big vision of eternity with Christ in unbroken fellowship. Then, there’s the vision to have all the diapers changed and kids fed without inflicting any major life wounds today.
For Sarah and I, one aspect of our vision is to have a time of worship and prayer for 30 minutes on Monday nights before bed throughout the year.
As we begin the New Year, I want to challenge you to pray and write down your vision for your family and prayer.
Yours is probably a little different than ours. Start slow. If this in new for you, maybe you start with a 10-15 time of prayer once a week.
Write it down. Ask the Lord about it. Talk with your spouse about one aspect of praying as a family.
What would it mean to you to walk in this?
Why would it matter to you?
You can even ask the Lord, what it would mean to Him for you to walk out what’s on your heart?
Here are 4 Steps to Walking Out Your Vision
- Write down your sense that the Lord has led you
- Talk to your spouse, pray and agree on one action step
- Try it out
- Schedule a time to review (one week, two weeks, a month etc.)
Most of the time, we get so overwhelmed with big goals (having a two hour Bible study, worship service and prayer) that we don’t start.
The writer of Proverbs 29 stated that people loose sight and go off track without vision. He connects vision to loving the Lord, but we can also apply it to the rest of our lives.
“Without vision the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18a)
Your vision is priceless because your family is priceless.
Your vision will bring life to your family. Your vision is meant to be a tool for leading your family. I believe the Lord will guide you to keep moving your home forward in all that he has in store for your tribe. Happy visioning!