When my son Adam reached about fifteen years old he got a brand new BB gun. After Adam got the gun, he invited all of his friends, who also had guns over to our house to do some shooting. After a long day of shooting targets and other things like apples, bottles, cans, and even one of my lanterns, Adam came to me and asked a question.
“Mom, what would you think if I shot a bird?”
“Well, son,” I said, “I really like birds, and I just don’t understand why people want to shoot any animals.”
“Yeah,” he said and sat there a minute looking out the window. “I asked Bompa [Grandpa] if he ever shot a bird, and he said ‘yes.’ And when he found the dead bird, he said he started crying like a baby and felt so bad. Then I asked dad if he ever shot a bird, and he said ‘yes.’ Dad said that afterwards he just felt horrible!”
“WOW, I didn’t know that,” I said, “but I bet I would feel awful too!”
Adam pondered for quite awhile, then to my surprise, he announced in a resigned voice, “Ok mom I guess I will go shoot a bird.”
“What?” I exclaimed. His statement floored me. Did he not hear a word I said? Will he really shoot a bird?
“Well someday my son is going to come and ask me, ‘Dad, have you ever shot a bird and what’s it like?’ And, mom, I am going to need an answer for him.”
This is such a great story on many levels. First, it’s amazing a fifteen-year-old boy is actually thinking beyond the moment, especially about such deep subjects. But what I found truly enlightening was the notion of looking at the present moment and seeing the big picture! We too must begin to look at a larger view of our future.
WHAT’S GOD’S VISION FOR YOUR LIFE?
A vision is a clear and concise image of the future as it can and should be. It is an extensive mental portrait of what tomorrow can and will look like. It is a whole view of the future and its exciting potential.
We all must have a strong vision for our lives.
What mental portrait do you have in your mind? Is it a portrait of yesterday or tomorrow? There is much to be said about staying in today, but the benefits of hoping for and picturing our bright futures remains important, too. Vision is crucial. A vision is not a dream; it’s not goals and objectives; it is not a purpose; and it is not a mission. Vision is always cast in terms of the future.
We hear a lot today about mission statements. Churches, families, even individuals are making them. While a mission helps people know where they are going, a vision helps them to actually see where they are going.
As we learn from Nehemiah in Proverbs 29:18 KJV, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” We are perishing from a lack of vision. We must remember God has a vision for us and he wants us to be diligent, full of passion, and equipped to carry it out. We can’t let our perspective of yesterday steal our hope and vision for our future. We can’t let our fascination with the past lead us to perish. His mercies are new every morning. No matter where we have been or what we have been through, God has a plan—a plan he wishes to reveal to us. God has fresh vision for our lives. God has things for us to do, see, and feel. There are things that God wants us to know, things we cannot know except as revelation—as a gift of God working through the Holy Spirit.
God has given me fresh vision over the years in many areas of my life. I believe he can do the same for you!
What is God’s vision for you?
Vision clarifies direction, invites unity, facilitates function, enhances guidance, prompts passion, fosters risk taking, offers sustenance, creates energy, provides purpose, and can provoke radical generosity. Do you see anything?