Life Without Vision is Like Life Without Hope!
“Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].” (Philippians 4:5).
Life Without Vision Is Like Life Without Hope!
Good Morning, and Godspeed as we look to Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. It is good to talk to you once again, giving God all the glory and all the honor for what He has continued to do in our lives. I am praying always for you and your safety, and God’s favor in your life.
Welcome, in Jesus’ name, as we continue encouraging one another in the things of our Heavenly Kingdom. Life is just a blink of an eye. We are here today, and gone tomorrow. But, as believers, we live each day knowing that we have this hope there is a New Jerusalem, and a better place where there will be no more sickness and no more pain, but there will be everlasting joy.
So let’s look at what we have for this week. I hope that you are doing well and that you are continuing to be the man or woman God has destined you to be. As we are coming to the end of this year, we look forward for betterment, and for the plan God has for us in the next coming year. With God’s help, we can make it.
You see, with the help of the Lord we can be a model of generosity for all those we come in contact with. Now, if you are a giver rather than a taker in life, it won’t take long before people realize you are quite different from what they are accustomed to. As they witness your joy, they will see that a thankful heart and a generous spirit make a person happier than being selfish. Especially in the season we are now approaching, we see all different people swarming to the malls and every different outlet, trying to get gifts for their friends, loved ones and all others that surround them.
But, remember the spirit of the season and do not try to be a slave of it. Remember that it was the causes of one Man! One Man that has the message of contagious generosity for every human that has ever lived. He is the message of hope. He is the gift from God to you and to me.
We see Jesus encourage us to let all men see our good and kind deeds, so they would recognize and glorify God (Matthew 5:16). Jesus did not mean that we should be show-offs or do things for the purpose of being seen. What He was encouraging us to ask ourselves, was how does what we do affect the people around us. Certainly, we can negatively affect others, but generosity also affects those around us in very positive ways - and also makes us happy people.
Now, let me switch to what I was talking about last week to make sure we know and understand our vision in life. Why do I emphasize this to you? Because without vision, we all perish. We end up going around without direction. This is why it is important.
This year, as we are approaching the end of 2018, know that we have more to do than what we have already accomplished. Remember to always write down your vision and put it on paper. Why is this? All because vision makes you persistent. Once you know what you really want, and “see” it, then no matter what comes against you, you will never give up. That is why persistence in fulfilling one’s life purpose comes from their vision. Here is a thought: as long as a person can hold on to his vision, then there is always a chance for him to move out of his present circumstances and toward the fulfillment of his purpose.
That is why I believe with all my heart that when you have no vision, you will simply relive the past with its disappointments and failures. Therefore, vision is the key to your future. Let’s look at what happened in the title game between Alabama and Georgia a couple of weeks ago.
Alabama was losing the game at halftime. I saw the players went to the locker room and met with the coach. The coach changed certain game strategies and gave them a pep talk, telling them what they can accomplish. Now when they came back out, their whole attitude and perspective seemed to have changed. The results? They won the game.
No matter where you are in life, and regardless of how old or how young you are, it can be your “halftime.” What you can do is reassess your life strategies and focus on fulfilling your purpose. This week’s encouragement is to help you to make the necessary adjustments in your life so you can know how to plan for the future and stop making the same mistakes and decisions that have hindered you in the past years of your life.
What is your vision giving you? That is a question you should always ask yourself. It is one I ask myself often. Am I doing what I was born to do?
You see, there are too many of us burying our dreams in a lesser existence, making ourselves a graveyard of God’s precious treasure. Moreover, many people spend a lifetime wandering away from who God made them to be because they have never recognized who they are in the first place.
Take for example. Perhaps you have been a secretary for twenty years. You are at the same level as when you started, even though you dream of being an administrator. Here is my question: why aren’t you moving from being a secretary to an executive secretary, from an executive secretary to an administrative assistant, and from an administrative assistant to an administrator?
Here is my thought on why people do not fulfill their vision. It is because they have no sense of destiny. They say things like, “Well, I have a job, and I just want to keep it.” Merely holding on to a job is like treading water. Please listen to what I am going to say and maybe you will be encouraged.
You know, every job should put you on a track toward a goal that is bigger than the present one, so that you can fulfill your vision. What we need to be is like the apostles who were known for their acts, not their talk. The biblical book about them is called “The Acts of the Apostles” because they were doers.
What they did was they had a destination, and they were busily working toward it. My friends, they weren’t on a rocking horse. Instead, they were changing systems and changing the world. Not only that, but they were affecting the government. These apostles were transforming the world.
Even nations were afraid of them, and towns became nervous when they showed up because they were said to have “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Here is a question. How do people feel when you show up? What do they say? “Oh here comes that man with his accent again. He probably has another new idea.”
Let me tell you this - change will always upset people who are content to be stagnant. But that shouldn’t stop you. What you should be known for is your vision. I want to close today with this. Think about it and meditate and pray about it. What will your vision give you?
It has been said that there are three kinds of people in the world. The first kind of people are those who never seem to be aware that things are happening around them. The second kind of people are those who ask, “What just happened?”. The third kind of people are those who make things happen.
You see, most people have an interest in their destinies, but they have no passion or drive to fulfill them. They really do not believe the dreams God has put in their hearts. When you discover your vision, it will give you energy and passion. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
We need to re-asses our vision as we are going to the next coming year. The primary motivator of human action is vision, therefore, everything we do should be because of the vision God has placed in our hearts. As we look at vision, it influences the way we conduct our entire life, such as what you spend your time and money on, and what your priorities are.
So, without vision, we have no values to guide our living, and life has no sense of direction. Even activities have no meaning, and time has no purpose. Resources have no application. That is why vision is the juice of life. Not only that, but it is a prerequisite for passion and the source of persistence. Let me tell you this - when you have vision, you know how to stay in the race and complete. You do not quit!
Enjoy your week and be a blessed woman and a blessed man of God. Stay the course and run your race! It is not over until we cross that line.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the measure of influence You have given me. With Your help, I am going to use that influence to model a generous spirit. Today, help me, Father, to be a light in the darkness. As we encourage one another of your unending love, we can be assured that the vision that You have given to us, is going to be helping the vision of our pastor. We stand together to make sure that Your will be done! Forgive us, Lord, for our thought processes. Sometimes, we tend to go off onto the road that does not take us to our vision. But You always help us and guide us back to the right way. Thank You for reminding us that when we make the wrong decisions, You help to make it back to the right one. As I look at what is coming on the horizon. I see my life’s vision is going to be an exciting look into my future that You have purposed for me. Thank You for assuring me that You have already put the plan in motion so that I might complete it. I now realize that vision is about You and not about me. Vision is about fitting into Your plan for establishing Your kingdom on this earth. Lead me into my part of that plan.
My prayer for you: Bless Your people this week and be with them. Safeguard them. Protect them and let them have peace that surpasses all understanding. May we stand together in unity to fulfill what You have purposed us to do. We love You, Lord our God. In Jesus’ wonderful Name. AMEN!
Thought: Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might!
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