“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision.” –Helen Keller
As a child I watched the movie The Miracle Worker. The film is a true story about a woman by the name of Anne Sullivan, and her struggle to teach a blind and deaf child named Helen Keller to communicate.
Helen Keller’s personality overflowed with rebelliousness, her strong spirit stronger then any I have ever seen. As a baby she lost her sight and hearing after she contacted scarlet fever. As Helen grew up she became increasingly exasperated at her powerlessness and incapacity to communicate. She had ferocious flare-ups and her parents could not even begin to control her. They had absolutely no idea what to do with her. They got in contact with the Perkins School for the Blind in hopes they could help them learn how to deal with Helen. The school provided a tutor Named Anne Sullivan to Helen.
Anne consistently went to Helen’s home. She worked diligently with Helen in an attempt to teach her how to communicate. She wanted Helen to be able to get the things she needed like food and water without having to throw a fit. They fought and fought and Helen strongly resisted her efforts at first. Anne didn’t give up. She stayed the course with Helen and not only taught her table manners, but how to speak with her hands and her heart. I remember when Helen’s said her first word. Helen said, “WATER!” I can still picture that powerful scene. Can you imagine having all of your feelings bottled up inside of you and for years and years being unable to express them? Then one day it clicks and all of a sudden you can communicate. She learned to tell her parents how she felt about them. She learned to read in brail. Her life opened up. Once Helen expressed her thoughts and feelings, she never stopped expressing them.
I admire Helen Keller beyond words. She fascinates me to no end. She saw beyond her current circumstances, had high ambition despite her disabilities, and showed colossal courage against overwhelming odds. She spent her whole life helping, inspiring, teaching and loving others. She made a conscious choice to stop looking at the bad hand dealt to her.
She stopped focusing on what she couldn’t do; instead put a laser focus on what she could do. She did not let the pain of her past dictate her future.
She began looking for hope and she found it. She got a new vision for her life and lived her dreams in full color in front of millions, blessing millions along the way.
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. God has given me fresh vision over the years in many areas of my life.
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?
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. Seek him and you will find vision!